Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area


Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking. The park takes its name from nearby Big Spring, whose waters form the scenic Shermans Creek.

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Picnicking: The picnic tables and picnic pavilions throughout the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Hunting: Big Spring povides access to hunting in Tuscarora State Forest.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.


Hiking: 1 mile of trails
A short loop trail leads to the site of the partially completed railroad tunnel. Historic interpretation is provided at the trailhead. The park provides access to the Iron Horse Trail, designed for day hikes and overnight hiking in Tuscarora State Forest.


Winter Activities


Snowmobiling: Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area serves as a trailhead providing parking, restrooms and access to the extensive snowmobile trail system in Tuscarora State Forest.