Greenwood Furnace State Park

The park is on the western edge of the Seven Mountains in northeastern Huntingdon County, an area of rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and peaceful solitude. Greenwood Furnace State Park covers 423 acres, including a six-acre lake, campground, hiking trails, and a historic district. The park provides access to backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing in the surrounding 80,000-acre Rothrock State Forest.

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.

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

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Monday through Friday. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

Picnic pavilions are shaded by evergreen trees at the beach at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Picnic tables, eight reservable picnic pavilions, and modern restrooms are in a spruce and pine grove 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.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Swimming: A 300-foot sand beach is open from late May to mid-September, 8:00 AM to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. A modern shower house, dressing area, and snack bar are nearby.

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Boating: Non-motorized canoes and kayaks may be used on Greenwood Lake except on the opening weekend of trout season. Vessels can be launched by hand from a small access next to the ADA ramp at the beach.

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 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 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.

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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: The trails of Greenwood Furnace explore historic places and pass through numerous habitats like forest and ridge top, and also connect to trails in the surrounding Rothrock State Forest.

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

Yellow, Green, and Orange blazed trails are for hiking only.
Blue blazed trails are also recommended for cross-country skiing, snow permitting.
Red blazed trails are multi-use and may also be open to mountain biking, 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 use Dixon Trail and Tramway Trail to form a loop, which returns to the park.*

Chestnut Spring Trail: 0.5 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
Beginning by 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. To return to Picnic Pavilion #1, follow Broad Mountain Road to the first park road.

Dogtown Trail: 1 mile, red blazes, easy hiking
Beginning at the parking lot on the west end of the campground, the trail enters the forest. The trail descends to and crosses a creek, intersects with Tramway Trail then crosses PA 305. On the mountainside, the trail parallels PA 305 east, crosses Viantown Trail, then climbs Brush Ridge to join Brush Ridge Trail to a connector trail to Chestnut Spring Trail and finally ends on Broad Mountain Road.

Lakeview Trail: 0.25 mile, yellow blazes, more difficult 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.

Lorence Trail: 1.2 miles, yellow blazes, more difficult hiking
From Monsell Trail, Lorence Trail steadily climbs to intersect Turkey Trail in Rothrock State Forest.

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 trail parking area across PA 305 from the park office, hikers should follow Standing Stone Trail for a short distance. Monsell Trail then climbs the hill past the 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 through the day use area, returning to the parking lot.

Moore Trail: 0.5 mile, green blazes, easiest hiking
This loop begins at Picnic Pavilion #6 and meanders up and down the bottom of a mountain. 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 Trail: 72 miles (1 miles in the park), orange blazes, most difficult hiking
Part of the Great Eastern Trail System, this trail offers a challenging experience for seasoned hikers. Standing Stone Trail connects in the north to the Mid State Trail. In the south, the trail connects to Cowans Gap State Park, the Tuscarora Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

The Stone Valley Vista Loop begins at the trail parking area across PA 305 from the park office. Standing Stone Trail climbs steadily for two miles up the spine of Stone Mountain to the Stone Valley Vista. For a 5-mile loop, hikers continue on the Standing Stone Trail to the four-way intersection and take the right turn onto Turkey Trail, which descends switchbacks. Hikers then take the right turn onto Lorence Trail, and then right on Monsell Trail, returning to the trail parking lot. For a steeper climb, start on Monsell Trail and follow the directions in the opposite direction!*

Tramway Trail: 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 Brush Ridge Trail 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.*

* 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 mid-November. Forty-four (44) campsites have either 30 or 50-amp electric hook-ups. A shower house has flush toilets, warm showers, and sinks for dishwashing. Pets are permitted at designated campsites for a fee.

Trailers and motorhomes 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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Greenwood Furnace provides parking, picnicking facilities, heated restrooms, and a warming hut with a woodstove in Pavilion 3.

Cross-country Skiing: Tramway, Dogtown, Viantown, and Brush Ridge trails are recommended for cross-country skiing, as are the grassy areas of the day use area. Park trails connect to the Brush Ridge Multi-use Trail System in Rothrock State Forest.

Snowmobiling: The park features several orange-blazed snowmobile trails and serves as a trailhead to access 200 miles of roads and trails in the surrounding Rothrock State Forest. When conditions permit, snowmobiling begins after antlered deer season in December and ends April 1.

Sledding: A small sledding hill is behind the park office.

Ice Skating: Ice skating is popular on the natural ice of the beach area at Greenwood Lake. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is permitted on the 6-acre Greenwood Lake, which is stocked by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Ice thickness is not monitored.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Greenwood Furnace offers educational and recreational programs year round. Archeological work and extensive research have done much to uncover the hidden remains 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 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 ironmaking 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.

Old Home Days: This festival is held the first weekend in August in commemoration of the original “Old Home Day” reunion in 1921. It features events centered on life in the iron furnace community.

Folk Gathering: The Huntingdon County Arts Council organizes this summer event which includes concerts, jam sessions, and musician workshops.

Holiday Open House: Held the first Sunday in December, this event features kids crafts, carriage rides, and an antique toy display.

Winterfest: Held in mid-January, this festival focuses on outdoor recreation and features the Juniata Valley YMCA “plunge” fundraiser. Visitors also enjoy a trail run, ice skating, broomball, snowshoeing, a concession stand sponsored by the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, and a variety of educational programs.

Access for People with Disabilities

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