Keystone State Park
The 1,200-acre Keystone State Park is great for day-trips and family vacations year-round. Camping, modern cabins, many trails and a lake are all within walking distance, providing an ideal setting for wildlife watching or outdoor adventures. The park is within easy driving distance from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and its many attractions.
Picnicking: Several picnic areas in the park offer picnic tables, parking, drinking water and restrooms. Two pavilions have charcoal grills, drinking water and electric outlets.
Pavilion One is on the north side of the lake (closer to the beach) and Pavilion Two is below the breast of the dam. The picnic grove offers charcoal grills and drinking water and is adjacent to the boat concession. Picnic pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please keep these areas clean and dispose of hot charcoal in proper receptacles.
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Swimming: A sand beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please follow posted rules.
To keep this area clean and safe, no food, beverages or pets are allowed on the sand area of the beach.
A food concessionaire operates out of the Beach House Complex, which is across the road from the park office. The hours of operation during the summer months are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. The food concessionaire offers a wide variety of food items and drinks.
Recycling: Keystone State Park recycles all glass, aluminum, bimetalic cans, and plastics 1 and 2. Please deposit recyclables in labeled dumpsters throughout the park.
Boating: electric motors only
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. 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.
Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Boat Rental: Near the main boat launch on Keystone Lake, Northwest Kayak and Canoe rents boats and sells bait, basic camping supplies, firewood and ice. In the summer the concession is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and holidays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise posted. 724-668-0044
Fishing: The 78-acre Keystone Lake has warm and cold water fishing, with trout stockings throughout the year. Warm-water fish are largemouth bass, tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, carp and brown bullhead catfish. A fishing area by the spillway is ADA accessible. Fishing is prohibited at the beach, boat launches and mooring areas. Abandoned mine drainage limits the fishing quality in the stream below the dam.
Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: About half of Keystone State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, squirrel, pheasant and grouse. Hunting on the lake and surrounding area is prohibited.
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.
Biking: Lakeside Trail is excellent for bikes of all types. This two-mile, level trail loops around the lake on park roads and walkways. Mountain bikes must stay on park roads or gravel walkways. All other trails are foot-traffic only.
Hiking: 6 miles of trails
Davis Run Trail (easy hiking) is a 2.5-mile trail that meanders through wetlands before reaching an upland forest of mixed conifers and mature hardwoods. Along part of the trail the conifers form a scenic tunnel.
Lake Side Trail (easy hiking) is a 2-mile loop around the lake on park roads and walkways. This scenic and fairly level path offers an excellent view of waterfowl and other aquatic life. Bikes are permitted.
McCune Run Trail (easy hiking) is a short trail that leads to an abandoned beaver pond and a wetland meadow. The trail crosses over the remnants of an old beaver dam and connects to Davis Run Trail.
Pine Trail (easy hiking) is a short loop trail through plantations of red, white and table-mountain pine trees. About halfway through the trail, hikers can view farm fields and large chestnut oak trees.
Stone Lodge Trail (easy to moderate hiking) is a 1.4-mile path that starts from the James A. Kell Visitor Center parking lot. This challenging walk starts with a fairly steep climb that winds through hardwoods to ridgetop conifers. With a keen eye you can find remnants of an old springhouse and homestead, nearby large hemlock trees.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 2 host positions
Camping Cottages: The three camping cottages are in Lakeside Campground and have wooden walls and floors, windows, bunk beds, electric lights and outlets, and a porch. A cottage sleeps five people. One cottage is ADA accessible.
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Yurts: Located in Lakeside Campground, the two Mongolian-style tents are round, on a wooden deck and have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, bunk beds, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and adjacent water pump. A yurt sleeps four people. One yurt is ADA accessible.
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Modern Cabins: The 11 modern cabins are available for rent year-round. These cabins are near the breast of the dam between the two campgrounds. The cabins sleep six people in two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another with two sets of bunk beds. Each cabin has a modern bathroom with shower, kitchen with stove, refrigerator and microwave, and outside is a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Visitors must bring their own kitchen, bath and bedding necessities. Cabin 11 is ADA accessible.
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Cross-country Skiing: Skiing is permitted on park trails.
Sledding: Sledding is permitted on slopes in the park.
Ice Fishing: When conditions permit ice fishing is permitted on the 78-acre Keystone Lake.
Ice Skating: Skating is permitted on the natural ice of the lake.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
An environmental education specialist offers programs year-round. In the summer months, interpretive nature programs are available to campers and the general public. In the spring, fall and winter there are environmental education programs for school students and scout groups, as well as interpretive programs for the general public. For a schedule of activities or to request a special program, call 724-668-2566.
The ADA accessible James A. Kell Visitor Center is in the overnight area of the park. This historic stone lodge has an introduction to the history, flora and fauna of the park, with a number of interactive displays, educational handouts and historic artifacts.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.