Pine Grove Furnace State Park
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.
Beautiful views galore! A good place for the entire family. Nature trails, babbling creek, a small playground, picnic tables and an old furnace for a history lesson.
One of my favorite State Parks in Pennsylvania. Plenty of parking near the furnace. Hiking trails, cycling trails, camping, swimming, picnicking pavilions, and museums (Appalachian Trail Museum) are all located within the park. There are plenty of pavilions. The rest room facilities are new and very clean.
Great place to either Hike, Swim, Kayak or settle on the beach. Hike here quite often & it's part of the Appalachian trail. If you're lucky you'll see momma bear & her cubs
A lot to offer here. Hiking, biking, camping, swimming and the list goes on. Some facilities have been upgraded over the years. The play are for the children is new and very nice. The swim area is also very nice.
A good morning hike up to Pole Steeple Vista from the park office is around 7-8 miles but worth the effort because of the view at the top of Laurel Lake. Friendly Park guides can suggest a shorter hike also. Many elementary School children were able to make the climb & loved the view.