Denton Hill State Park

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Denton Hill State Park Master Plan

Learn about the master plan process for Denton Hill State Park.


Denton Hill State park is located in the upper reaches of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Situated on the northern slope of Denton Hill, the park’s elevation ranges from 1800 to 2400 feet above sea-level. The steep grade of the park facilitated the establishment of a downhill ski area and lodge when the site was developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout the remainder of the year, Denton Hill State Park serves as a unique setting for a variety recreational events. Additionally, hikers can find year-round access to the Susquehannock State Forest – Billy Lewis Area Trail System.

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Hiking   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Cross-country Skiing -  Downhill Skiing

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Contact the Lyman Run State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

Fishing: Nine Mile Run offers native trout fishing in a coldwater stream.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. 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: About 650 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, turkey, and black bear. The adjoining Susquehannock State Forest has additional areas open to hunting.

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 Lyman Run State 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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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.

Hiking: 8 miles of trails

The mountainous trails of the park traverse Denton Hill and connect to many more miles of trails in Susquehannock State Forest, and to the Lumberman's, Crowell Hollow, and Commissioner Run trails of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Elm Hollow Loop and Ridge Trail connect to the Susquehannock Trail System, an 85-mile trail loop that traverses some of the most rugged, mountainous terrain in northcentral Pennsylvania. This trail system also passes through Patterson and Ole Bull state parks.

Winter Activities

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Cross-country Skiing: 8 miles of trails
The eight miles of park trails connect with many more miles of trails in the adjoining Susquehannock State Forest, including the 29-mile Denton Hill Cross-country Ski Trail System, which is groomed.

Downhill Skiing: Denton Hill State Park is closed for downhill skiing. DCNR has recently completed a feasibility study that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the facility looking at downhill skiing and other year-round activities at the park. Explore the master plan for Denton Hill.

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.