Black Moshannon State Park


Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in Centre County on PA 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting.

According to local tradition, American Indians called this watershed “Moss-Hanne,” meaning “moose stream,” thus the origin of the park’s name. Appropriately, the “black” in the park name describes the tea-colored waters. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through the bogs that stretch in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins. In a sense, the bog vegetation acts like a giant teabag to color the water.

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Recreational Guide

Black Moshannon State Park Map (.pdf)  (1,116 kb, 5/13)
Black Moshannon State Park Recreational Guide (.pdf)   (1,720 kb, 4/13)
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Interactive GIS Map

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Campground Map

Black Moshannon State Park Campground Map (.pdf)  (387 kb, 1/14)
    large print version of the brochure (.rtf)

Cabin Map

Black Moshannon State Park Cabin Map (.pdf)  (1,278 kb, 10/13)

Bird Checklist

Black Moshannon State Park Bird Checklist (.pdf)  (1,961 kb, 3/11)

Common Birds Brochure

Common Birds of Black Moshannon State Park (.pdf)  (352 kb, 3/11)