Fowlers Hollow State Park
The 104-acre Fowlers Hollow State Park is in a narrow valley created by Fowler Hollow Run. The park is on the edge of Tuscarora State Forest at the intersection of several multi-use trails. The campground of the park is a good base for adventures into the huge tract of public land.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Contact the Colonel Denning State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Picnic tables and a limited number of grills are available in a wooded setting. The one picnic pavilion may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved, the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fishing: Fowler Hollow Run traverses the park and provides trout fishing. The stream receives a mid-May stocking of brook trout.
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: Hunting is permitted on adjacent Tuscarora State Forest lands. Terrain is moderately hilly to mountainous and favors turkey and deer.
Law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry said firearm concealed on their person while they are within the park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: Fowlers Hollow State Park is a trailhead for a variety of hiking trails within, and connecting to, the extensive trail system in Tuscarora State Forest. The Tuscarora Trail is nearby. Be sure to acquire a Tuscarora State Forest Public use map before hiking on forest lands.
Mountain Biking: Alfarata and Beaston trails, which are extensive trails in Tuscarora State Forest, meet in Fowlers Hollow State Park. Mountain biking is also permitted on park roads.
Horseback Riding: Alfarata and Beaston trails, which are extensive trails in Tuscarora State Forest, meet in Fowlers Hollow State Park
Camping: rustic sites
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
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Cross-country Skiing: There are two miles of designated trail southwest of the campground. Skiing is also permitted in all areas of the park.
Snowmobiling: Fowlers Hollow has parking and a restroom. The park is a trailhead to the 46-mile trail network in Tuscarora State Forest. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.
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In 1901, the Perry Lumber Company began logging operations in the area by building a narrow gauge logging railroad along the unused Path Valley Railroad grade from New Germantown to what is now Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area. The railroad then expanded south into Bowman Hollow and around the end of Rising Mountain into what is now Fowlers Hollow State Park. The company engine was named the Alfarata after the American Indian princess in the poem “the Blue Juniata.”
The company did not have a large, stationary sawmill, but used five portable sawmills, one of which was used in Fowlers Hollow. The loggers cut lumber and shipped hemlock bark to the Newport Extract Plant.
By 1905, the lumber was exhausted and the Perry Lumber Company sold all of its equipment. In 1907, the company sold 2,573 acres to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In the early 1930s, unemployed local men, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), constructed many of the facilities in Fowlers Hollow State Park.
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Fowlers Hollow State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau. www.visithersheyharrisburg.org
Colonel Denning State Park: This quaint park offers camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, cross-country skiing and ice skating and is in the scenic Doubling Gap along PA 233.
Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area: The 45-acre Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area is 5.5 miles southwest of New Germantown, along PA 274. Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, the 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 picnic area also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking.
Tuscarora State Forest: The 96,000-acre forest is open to hunting, fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and general recreation. FoNearby is the Frank E. Masland Jr. Natural Area, a 1,270-acre tract that is a good example of old, second-growth forest. 717-536-3191
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From PA 274 in Blain, turn south at the east end of town, then drive one-quarter of a mile. Turn right after the bridge. The park can also be reached from PA 274 west of New Germantown on Upper Buck Ridge Road.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.27543 Long. -77.57641
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Fowlers Hollow State Park