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Gardners - Pine Grove Furnace State Park

1100 Pine Grove Road
717-486-7174

History

In 1913, the 17,000-acre Pine Grove Ironworks was sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be part of the new Forest Reserve system. Much of the land became Michaux State Forest, and part became Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Fuller Lake, an iron ore quarry, which had filled with groundwater when mining ceased, became a popular swimming area. Laurel Lake had supplied waterpower for Laurel Forge. Today it is popular for fishing and swimming.

In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp S-51. The CCC boys built roads, trails and facilities until 1941.

Some of the historic buildings dating back to the charcoal iron community still stand and include the furnace, ironmaster's mansion, clerk's office, stable, grist mill (now the Appalachian Trail Museum), the second iron master's mansion (now the park office) and several residences. Remnants of raceways, charcoal hearths and related manmade features are still discernible.

In 1977, Pine Grove Iron Works was entered in the National Register of Historical Places.



Reviews

Josie Hurst

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Oh, I absolutely adore this place! I've been going to Pine Grove every Summer and Fall for the past 10 years and it just keeps getting more and more beautiful. If you're going to Fuller Lake on a super hot day, the beach can be a bit crowded, but not to the point where you can't enjoy floating around on a tube in the water. They do a great job of keeping everything clean up there as well! If you're just going up to Pine Grove to hike or explore, it's awesome and there's a ton of trails that are good for both walking and biking. I love to bring my dog here to explore the hidden paths throughout the gorgeous forests and swim in the creek. So peaceful. Easily some of the most beautiful scenery Pennsylvania has to offer. Breath-taking!

John Mullins

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Love this. Places like these always make me feel so blessed. So grateful we have access to beautiful parks like this without any cost. Life is good when you get outside.

Michael Johnson

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Stayed at the Ironmasters Mansion hostel, highly recommended. Appalachian Trail Museum is worth a look, also.

Harry Scudder outdoors

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
I absolutely love it. It's beautiful and has hiking trails as well as some lakes to fish.

Jason Rivera

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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Love this place! Great trails with nice views and nature sounds. Must go!

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