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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

Allen Koehler

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Stayed in the RV section of the campground and was very pleased with my stay. I thought the sites seemed decently secluded and the bathrooms were above average. I would definitely recommend visiting this campground. It's located about 35-45 minutes from Gettysburg, depending on the route you take. My only word of advice is with our campground host. He was extremely on the rules and regulations. We had a 2nd car pass in the dash and at 10:30 p.m. he stopped and told us it had to go on the post at the end of the campground, not on the car. He made several passes throughout the night. Read that how you will, either that's what you're looking for or something you want to avoid.

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!

Nancy Wilson

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Went camping here Easter weekend, which was the first weekend of the season. It was clean and well kept. The campground hosts were nice, restrooms were clean, heated and well stocked. We enjoyed some nice hikes on the creek trail and some other trails within walking distance of our camper. There are some things to consider. This place has electric but no water hookups, so you must fill your tanks on the way in, but there is a dump station. It was a holiday weekend. The store was not open yet for the season and the park office was closed on Sunday.

Wendy Sampson

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Very disappointed. Campground extremely noisey. Neither camp host or ranger effective in enforcing quiet time, children screaming and adults partying until midnight. Bring earplugs if you want to sleep. Toilet facilities smelled like pit toilets. Dirty. Took several cold showers as water heater could not keep up. Showers dirty also. General store smelled - would not purchase food there. Bring your own wood, $5 for 5 pieces. Most expensive wood we have ever bought camping .

Mark K.

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Friday, July 6, 2018
The park rangers were helpful however if you have a larger camper find another location. Online reservation indicated I'd have no problems getting my 37' 5th wheel in there. No such luck! Had to go to a camping resort. And only got a partial refund from the state park.

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