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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Maps and Downloadables

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Recreational Guide

Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area Map (.pdf)  (1,760 kb, 8/13)

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