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.
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.
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.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow depth.
Cross-country Skiing: 8 miles of trails
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.
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Denton Hill State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Potter County Visitors Association. www.visitpottercounty.com
While at Lyman Run State Park, visit nearby attractions. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is on US 6 between Coudersport and Galeton. The museum is operated and administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is a representation of an early logging camp complete with a sawmill, steam locomotive, blacksmith shop and bunkhouse. The many exhibits will take you back to the turn of the century with the "wood hicks" and "bark peelers." 814-435-2652 http://lumbermuseum.org
Explore Pennsylvania Wilds
Pennsylvania Wilds is two million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the area are elk watching at the Elk Country Visitor Center, scenic PA Route 6, Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon), the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park, and hundreds of miles of backpacking trails, bike paths, and trout fishing streams. www.pawilds.com
Denton Hill State Park is along US 6 in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.77794 Long. -77.82786
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Denton Hill State Park