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Best Pennsylvania State Parks to Visit in the Winter


Best Pennsylvania State Parks to Visit in the Winter

Winter at Black Moshannon State Park - courtesy of Robin Riglin

The Top Choices All Offer Opportunities for Winter Sports Including Snowmobiling and Skiing.

Black Moshannon State Park

Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors on a year-round basis. The winter months at Black Moshannon State Park offer opportunities for ice skating, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. In addition, a 16-mile trail network is open to cross-country skiers.

Laurel Ridge State Park

Park stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, spanning five counties. A snowmobile trail system of more than 70 miles is open daily beginning in late December, and 35 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing. There is also a 20-mile cross-country ski touring concession adjacent to the Route 653 parking area.

Promised Land State Park

The 3,000-acre park is situated in the Pocono Plateau, 1,800 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by 12,350 acres of state forest and a natural area. Two lakes, campgrounds, many hiking trails and beautiful scenery make Promised Land State Park a popular destination in all seasons. Registered snowmobiles may be used on more than 27 miles of designated snowmobile trails beginning in late December. Bruce Lake Natural Area and Conservation Island are set aside for the slower, quieter winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Conditions permitting, ice fishing is also popular on both lakes and an ice skating area is maintained on Promised Land Lake.

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