Chapman State Park


The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Snowmobiling   -  Sledding   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Yurts   -  Camping Cottages   -  Camping


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: The main picnic area is by the beach and overlooks the lake. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilions #1-4 are ADA accessible.

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Swimming: A sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.

A concession stand, operated by Bollinger Enterprises, Inc.(BEI), is located at the beach area. The concession offers beverages, snacks, ice cream treats, firewood, ice, and an assortment of beach supplies as well as rentals of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. To reserve rentals contact BEI at 814-723-8431, M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


A blue lake is surrounded by trees at Chapman State Park, Pennsylvania.Boating: electric motors only
The 68-acre Chapman Lake has a boat launch and 41 seasonal mooring spaces on the western side, and mooring for registered campers on the eastern shoreline. A boat rental concession is in the beach area during the summer months. Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 68-acre Chapman Lake has fishing for cold-water and warm-water fish, including brook and brown trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and sucker. ADA accessible fishing piers are on the eastern and western shorelines of Chapman Lake. Within the park and the surrounding Allegheny National Forest, trout fishing exists in the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and Farnsworth Run.

Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: Over 400 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear and small game. Allegheny National Forest and State Game Land 29 adjacent to the park are open to hunting. Special Canada goose hunting regulations are in place. Contact the park office for more information.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

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


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hiking and Backpacking: 12 miles of trails
In addition to the trails at the park, Chapman is the trailhead for backpacking trails on adjoining public lands. Map and trail information is available in the park office. Free parking is available at the park for those who would rather not leave their vehicles along public roadways. PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE PARK OFFICE.

Chapman State Park is in the midst of about 517,000 acres of Allegheny National Forest and state game land. When going on a hike, always take a map and compass and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM. Leave word with a family member, friend, or the park office concerning the trails you will take, destination and expected return time. Have a safe hike.


Biking: Although most hiking trails are not open to bicycles, all roads in the park and in the adjacent state game land and Allegheny National Forest are open to bicycles.


Stay the Night


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
This beautiful woodland campground has 82 campsites, modern restrooms, water at convenient hydrants and a sanitary dump station. Pets are permitted at designated campsites. ADA accessible sites are available. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-December. Winter access cannot be guaranteed and can be checked by contacting the park office.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
Campground host site amenities include 50-amp electric service, water and sewer hookup. Free firewood is provided when available. Hosts are required to be available to assist park personnel and visitors 24 hours daily. Host guidelines including expected duties are available by contacting the park office. The minimum stay is for a two-week period. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping Cottages: Three cottages sleep five people in bunk beds and have wooden floors, windows, table and chairs, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets. Cottage 1 is ADA accessible. Up to two dogs are permitted in Cottage 1 for a fee.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Yurts: These round, canvas and wood walled tents have a wooden deck and sleep six people in 2 bunk beds and a double bed. Yurts have a stove top, microwave oven, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat, electric lights and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump. Yurt 1 is ADA accessible.

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Organized Group Tenting: Year-round, this rustic area is available for rent to adult and youth groups. The area has restrooms nearby, fire rings, picnic tables and water. Advanced reservations are required.

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Winter Activities


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Warming Hut: On the western side of the park near the sled riding hillis a warming hut with a wood burning stove and benches.


Cross-country Skiing: At least 4.4 miles of groomed ski trails connect with numerous trails in the adjoining national forest and state game land.


Snowmobiling: Chapman is a trailhead to over 300 miles of trails in Allegheny National Forest. Many of these trails are groomed depending on conditions. The trails are open after the end of deer season in late December through March 31. Chapman provides ample trailer parking, heated restrooms and a warming hut. Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails and have a current registration.


Sledding: A seven-acre groomed slope on the western side of the park is lighted until 10 p.m., daily.


Ice Fishing: The 68-acre Chapman Lake is popular for ice fishing for perch and trout.


Ice Skating: An ice rink is located across from the park office, behind the Environmental Learning Center. Constructed in 2011, this 120’ x 80’ on the ground rink is lighted nightly until 9 p.m. when conditions permit. Skates only please on the ice rink. Footprints on snow and slush can freeze and create hazardous conditions for skaters.

Ice skating is permitted on the natural ice of Chapman Lake, as conditions permit.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


An environmental interpreter is on staff for the summer season and offers a variety of programming including guided walks, stream studies, children’s programs and occasional guest speakers. Special programming available upon request.

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Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.