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Black Moshannon State Park

4216 Beaver Road

Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in Centre County on PA 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting.

According to local tradition, American Indians called this watershed "Moss-Hanne," meaning "moose stream," thus the origin of the park's name. Appropriately, the "black" in the park name describes the tea-colored waters. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through the bogs that stretch in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins. In a sense, the bog vegetation acts like a giant teabag to color the water.


Melissa Wellman

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Park Rangers were very helpful. There are maps outside of the station if anyone needs them when they're not open. Beautiful views and back roads. Just believe the signs when they say go at your own risk. Gets pretty bumpy the further you go. Haha. Didn't see many people on a hot Saturday. Was very enjoyable. Beautiful boardwalk at the bog.

Debra Wendell

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Been coming here for years. Love to hike but a bit too wet and cold this spring. Didn't expect snow in mid April. Stayed alone this trip in one of the new cottages. Very nice but a bit far to the bathroom. Still a very good time and beautiful park.

Nadine Wendt

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
This was not a good place for people with big rig RVs. I have a 38ft. fifth wheel pulled by an F350 dually. It was tight getting in to my pull- through site and I was required to turn around in a small culdesac at the end of the road to leave the campground. No other way to exit. I won't be returning because of that. Otherwise, a beautiful state park with great hiking.

Brian Orr

Friday, June 1, 2018
Surrounded by vast state forests and trout streams, the area around the park is beautiful, while the park itself has great accommodations. Of especial interest is the unique mountain bog ecosystem, including several species of carnivorous plants that can readily viewed from the bog trail. I would highly recommend this park to anyone who enjoys nature.

Jeremy Hoffman

Saturday, March 31, 2018
The park and surrounding state forest offer a lot. I spend a lot of free time in it. Would it say it's great for kids... Not really. It's a great place for quiet. It offers phenomenal fishing at times. Be prepared to lose baits in the lake but you can have some fun. It's loaded with pickerel.

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