Greenwood Furnace State Park

Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Huntingdon County, historic Greenwood Furnace State Park offers a unique recreational experience. The park is on the western edge of an area of Central Pennsylvania known as the Seven Mountains. It is an area of rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas and peaceful solitude.

A walk through historic Greenwood Furnace evokes images of the community that flourished here from 1834 to 1904. Greenwood Furnace was a busy industrial complex, with all the noise and dirt of a 19th century ironmaking community. The village throbbed with life: the roaring of furnace stacks, the shouts of the workmen, the hissing of the steam engine, the creaking of wagons loaded with charcoal, and the cast house whistle signaling another pour of molten iron. The furnaces were hot (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit) and cast clouds of smoke and cinders into the air, which rained down on grass, people, livestock and buildings, rendering everything sooty and gray. At night, the fire’s red glow lit the sky, probably allowing residents to walk about without lanterns. Greenwood Furnace was a village built around an inferno.

The park covers 423 acres, including a six-acre lake, and is surrounded by an 80,000-acre block of Rothrock State Forest. The park office is open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday year-round, and daily during the summer season.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Environmental Education   -  Orienteering   -  Ice Skating   -  Ice Fishing   - Snowmobiling   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Camping

Picnic pavilions are shaded by evergreen trees at the beach at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Picnic tables and eight reservable picnic pavilions are in a spruce and pine grove setting close to the beach. Unreserved pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. A playground, snack bar, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and a ball field make this area popular for picnics and reunions.

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Snack Bar: A food and refreshment concession near the beach serves visitors in the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

Swimming: A 300-foot sand beach is open from May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. A dressing area, snack bar and restroom are nearby.

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Boating: Non-motorized canoes and kayaks may be used on Greenwood Lake.

Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

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

Many people fish from the banks of the lake at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Fishing: The six-acre Greenwood Lake is regularly stocked with trout. Ice fishing is permitted.

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 320 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey and grouse. Special state park hunting regulations and Pennsylvania Game Commission laws apply. Most of the adjacent Rothrock State Forest lands are 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 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.

Orienteering: The self-guiding course starts across the road from the Visitor Center/Park Office. Maps of the course are available at the Visitor Center/Park Office.

Hiking: 4 miles of trails
Many trails within the park and surrounding state forest offer hikers scenic views and glimpses of historical ruins from the 1800s ironmaking community.

Happy hikers cross a foot bridge at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Trail Blazes:

Yellow, Green and Orange blaze trails are for hiking only.
Blue blaze trails are also good for cross-country skiing, snow permitting.
Red blaze trails are multi-use and may also be open to snowmobiling, and or horseback riding.
Orange diamonds designate snowmobile routes.

Brush Ridge Trail: 2.75 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking
This trail begins along Broad Mountain Road or from the connector trail from Chestnut Spring Trail. The trail provides a ridge-top perspective of the surrounding forest. Hikers can return to the park on the Dixon Trail to Tramway Trail, or Viantown Trail to return to the park.*

Chestnut Spring Trail: 0.5 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
Beginning by Founders Picnic Pavilion (#1), the trail follows a small stream that ambles among large rocks and fern-lined banks to its source at a spring house. The trail crosses Broad Mountain Road and winds back down the hill passing a charcoal hearth along the way. Follow Broad Mountain Road to the first park road to return to Founders Picnic Pavilion.

Dogtown Trail: 1 mile, red blazes, easy hiking
Beginning at Hemlock Picnic Pavilion (#6), hikers walk along Turkey Hill Road then along the campground road to the back of the campground where the trail enters the forest. The trail descends to and crosses a creek, intersects with Tramway Hiking Trail then crosses PA 305. Once in the woods, the trail parallels PA 305 east before climbing Brush Ridge, crossing Viantown Trail then joining Brush Ridge Trail to its intersection with Broad Mountain Road. A connector trail to Chestnut Spring Trail returns to the day use area of the park. This trail is named for the area of Greenwood Village that was known for the dogs that continually barked at passing ore cars on the tram.

Greenwood Spur Hiking Trail: 6.6 miles, orange blazes, most difficult hiking
This trail connects the park to the 171-mile long Mid State Trail. Along the way, the trail passes the Greenwood Fire Tower, goes through Allen Seeger Natural Area and follows Detweiler Run into the Detweiler Run Natural Area to its junction with Mid State Trail*

Lakeview Trail: 0.25 mile, yellow blazes, easiest hiking
This short trail is a nice walk around the lake with some great photo opportunities. Beginning on the west side of the lake dam breast, the trail climbs along the side of Brush Ridge under a closed canopy of trees with window openings offering views of the lake. At the upper end of the lake a flat, gravel walking trail returns to the day use area at the beach.

A hiking trail rises through evergreen trees and autumn-colored decidious trees at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Monsell Trail: 1 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
Beginning at the Standing Stone Trailhead, hikers should follow Standing Stone Trail for a short distance. Monsell Trail then climbs the hill past the furnace church, through the remnants of an old pine plantation and past charcoal hearths. The trail returns to the day use area along the campground road and a gravel service road, returning to the Standing Stone trailhead.

Moore Hiking Trail: 0.5 mile, green blazes, easiest hiking
This loop begins at Hemlock Pavilion (#6) and takes about 30 minutes to hike. Hikers can enjoy a wide variety of trees, ferns and wildflowers. At the top of the hill the trail shares the path with Monsell Trail before dropping back to its beginning.

Standing Stone Hiking Trail: 72 miles, orange blazes, most difficult hiking
Starting near the park office, this trail goes south to join Tuscarora Trail at Cowans Gap State Park. Part of the Great Eastern Trail system, this trail offers a challenging experience to the seasoned hiker. Together with the Greenwood Spur, this trail connects Mid State Trail to Tuscarora Trail and the Appalachian Trail.*

Stone Valley Vista Loop Trail: From the Standing Stone Trailhead, follow Standing Stone Trail approximately one mile to the vista for a wonderful view of the valley and park below. Return to the park the way you came or continue on to Turkey trail, a 2.5-mile hike extension over some difficult terrain. Turkey Trail follows an old logging slide down the mountain to Turkey Hill Road. Continue down this road to the park.*

Tramway Trail: 2.5 miles, blue blazes, easiest hiking
This trail follows the old mule-drawn railroad that once hauled iron ore from the ore banks and mines to the furnace. Starting at the campground entrance road near the park cemetery, this trail follows PA 305. Hikers can return to the park by Tramway Trail or follow Dixon Trail to either Brush Ridge or Viantown Trails to return to the park.*

Viantown Trail: 2.75 miles, blue blazes, more difficult hiking
This trail was an old wagon road that linked Greenwood Furnace to Viantown. The trail begins on the far side of the dam and passes the site of the Travellers Inn as it crosses Brush Ridge to Broad Mountain Road. Hikers can follow Dixon Trail to either Brush Ridge or Tramway trails to return to the park.*

* Please refer to the Rothrock State Forest Public Use Map for all trails that are on state forest lands.

Stay the Night

A couple enjoy a campfire at their campsite at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
Forty-nine (49) tent and trailer campsites and two walk-in sites are open from the second Friday in April until the end of October. Forty-four (44) campsites have either 30 or 50 amp electric hookups. A washhouse has flush toilets, hot showers and dishwashing sinks. Pets are permitted at designated campsites.

Trailers and motor homes may use a convenient, sanitary dump station at the campground entrance. The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
The campground host site amenities include 50-amp electric service, with water and sewer hookup. Firewood is provided. Hosts are required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a two (2) week minimum stay. Responsibilities include posting camping permits, performing light maintenance, and overseeing the self-serve firewood/ice concession. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Winter Activities

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Parking, restrooms and picnic facilities are available at the park. Additional designated parking areas are within the state forest. Trail maps are available at the park office or state forest office.

Cross-country Skiing: Trails and open areas of the park are suitable for cross-country skiing.

Snowmobiling: The park serves as a snowmobiling trailhead after the end of deer season in December.

Ice Skating: The ungroomed ice of the lake is popular for skating. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted in the 6-acre Greenwood Lake. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Year-round interpretive programming makes a visit to Greenwood Furnace an interesting educational experience. Archeological work and extensive research has done much to uncover not only the physical plant, but also the social structure of the community. Guided walks, living history and evening programs interpret much of the natural and historic resources of the park.

Programs for school and civic groups are offered by appointment. School programs are offered free and are custom-tailored to meet the teacher’s educational needs. PA Act 48-credit teacher workshops are offered. Contact the park office for details.

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This wooden building is the Blacksmith Shop interpretive building at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Greenwood Historic Walking Tour: Greenwood Furnace was once a thriving iron-making village. Today, only a handful of its original 127 buildings remain. This walking tour explores a portion of the historic district and includes parts of the town, tramway, historic roads and charcoal hearths. A free guide to the historic district is available at the park office.

Blacksmith Shop and Education Center: This furnace-era building houses additional displays on the ironworks and serves as a base for many of the park’s educational programs. It is open weekends and holidays in the summer months.

Visitor Center and Gift Shop: In the park office, the visitor center is open Monday through Friday most of the year, and daily in the summer months. The visitor center has displays on the former ironmaking community. The gift shop sells a variety of items, including T-shirts and sweatshirts, park memorabilia, historical and nature books, children’s nature books and a variety of field guides for the novice and serious wildlife watcher. Proceeds benefit Pennsylvania State Parks.

Access for People with Disabilities

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