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Black Moshannon State Park
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Buchanan's Birthplace State Park
Bucktail State Park
Caledonia State Park
Canoe Creek State Park
Chapman State Park
Cherry Springs State Park
Clear Creek State Park
Codorus State Park
Colonel Denning State Park
Colton Point State Park
Cook Forest State Park
Cornplanter State Forest
Cowans Gap State Park
Delaware Canal State Park
Delaware State Forest
Denton Hill State Park
Elk State Park
Evansburg State Park
Forbes State Forest
Fort Washington State Park
Fowlers Hollow State Park
Frances Slocum State Park
French Creek State Park
Gallitzin State Forest
Gifford Pinchot State Park
Gouldsboro State Park
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Hickory Run State Park
Hillman State Park
Hills Creek State Park
Hyner Run State Park
Hyner View State Park
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Kettle Creek State Park
Keystone State Park
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Kinzua Bridge State Park
Kooser State Park
Lackawanna State Forest
Lackawanna State Park
Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Mountain State Park
Laurel Ridge State Park
Laurel Summit State Park
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Leonard Harrison State Park
Linn Run State Park
Little Buffalo State Park
Little Pine State Park
Locust Lake State Park
Lyman Run State Park
Marsh Creek State Park
Maurice K. Goddard State Park
McCall Dam State Park
McConnells Mill State Park
Memorial Lake State Park
Michaux State Forest
Milton State Park
Mont Alto State Park
Moraine State Park
Moshannon State Forest
Mt. Pisgah State Park
Nescopeck State Park
Neshaminy State Park
Nockamixon State Park
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Norristown Farm State Park
Ohiopyle State Park
Oil Creek State Park
Ole Bull State Park
Parker Dam State Park
Patterson State Park
Penn Roosevelt State Park
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Poe Paddy State Park
Poe Valley State Park
Point State Park
Presque Isle State Park
Prince Gallitzin State Park
Promised Land State Park
Prompton State Park
Prouty Place State Park
Pymatuning State Park
Raccoon Creek State Park
Ralph Stover State Park
Ravensburg State Park
Raymond B. Winter State Park
Reeds Gap State Park
Ridley Creek State Park
Rothrock State Forest
Ryerson Station State Park
S.B. Elliott State Park
Salt Spring State Park
Samuel S. Lewis State Park
Sand Bridge State Park
Shawnee State Park
Shikellamy State Park
Sinnemahoning State Park
Sizerville State Park
Sproul State Forest
Susquehanna State Park
Susquehannock State Forest
Susquehannock State Park
Swatara State Park
Tiadaghton State Forest
Tioga State Forest
Tobyhanna State Park
Trough Creek State Park
Tuscarora State Forest
Tuscarora State Park
Tyler State Park
Upper Pine Bottom State Park
Warriors Path State Park
Weiser State Forest
Whipple Dam State Park
White Clay Creek Preserve
Worlds End State Park
Wyoming State Forest
Yellow Creek State Park

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Colton Point State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Colton Point State Park
Description - From the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park in Erie County to the gorgeous waterfalls of Ricketts Glen in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania's 116 state parks offer natural beauty, outdoor recreation, rich history and environmental education to approximately 38 million visitors each year.

State Forest land provides clean water, recreational opportunities, disease and insect free habitat for plants and wildlife and wonderful places to find solitude. The state's forests continue to provide high quality timber and with proper management will ensure that Pennsylvania's vast forest resources continue to provide benefits for future generations.

Attractions - From the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park in Erie County to the gorgeous waterfalls of Ricketts Glen in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania's 116 state parks offer natural beauty, outdoor recreation, rich history and environmental education to about 38 million visitors each year. For more than 100 years, the Bureau of State Parks has managed and promoted Pennsylvania's state parks, which now cover more than 283,000 acres of beautiful lands.

State Forest land provides clean water, recreational opportunities, disease and insect free habitat for plants and wildlife and wonderful places to find solitude. The state's forests continue to provide high quality timber and with proper management will ensure that Pennsylvania's vast forest resources continue to provide benefits for future generations.

Recreation - Pennsylvania's state park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment with its more than 7,000 camping sites, nearly 34,000 acres of fresh water lakes, 30,000+ picnic tables, nearly 300 cabins and more than 1,000 miles of trails. With opportunities for swimming, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, biking and many other outdoor activities, there's something for everyone in Pennsylvania's state parks.

The Bureau of State Forests offer a vast network of trails and roads to provide hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities for millions of visitors each year. The state forests are also used extensively for hunting, fishing, sightseeing, bird-watching and wildlife viewing.

Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.

Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.

Location - Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests are found in each travel region of the Commonwealth, many of which are only a distance of 25 miles from each other.


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Contact Information:
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 7th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8767 , Harrisburg, PA, 17105-8767, Phone: 717-787-2869, Fax: 717-772-9106

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania is a large state by eastern standards with approximately 4.5 million acres of public land. The state maintains 116 state parks of natural, historical and cultural interest. Within the last few years, a major initiative to turn abandoned railways into trails has resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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