Little Pine State Park
The 2,158-acre Little Pine State Park is surrounded by a beautiful mountain section of Tiadaghton State Forest in PA Wilds. The 60-acre Little Pine Lake, hiking trails, the campground, and nesting bald eagles are prime attractions to the park.
Hiking - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Shooting Range - Cross-country Skiing - Sledding - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Organized Group Tenting - Yurts - Camping Cottages - 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 specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Four picnic areas in both shaded and open locations contain four picnic pavilions, many picnic tables, a volleyball court and play equipment. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Lower Picnic Area is about one-half mile south of the campground. It is completely separated from the rest of the park. This six-acre area has picnic tables, grills, charcoal disposals, non-flush toilets, parking area, picnic pavilion, foot bridge and access to Little Pine Creek for anglers. River birch, white pine, sugar maple and black locust are common trees in the area.
Swimming: A sand beach with grass turf is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. Pets, glass and breakable containers or utensils are prohibited in this area. All children ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age.
Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other handheld, lighted smoking devices.
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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.
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.
Fishing: The 60-acre Little Pine Lake has 3.3 miles of shoreline. 4.2 miles of Little Pine Creek flow through the park. These warm-water and cold-water fisheries have stocked and native trout (brook, rainbow and brown), smallmouth bass, pickerel, sunfish, catfish and perch. This diversity provides good fly, bank and boat fishing. There is a special regulation, artificial-lure only, fishing area along Little Pine Creek in the northeast section of the park.
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 1,700 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, squirrel, fox, bear, grouse and turkey. There is a rifle/pistol range in the park. The adjacent state forest land is 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.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 14 miles of trails
Button Ball Trail: 0.49-mile, easiest hiking
Carsontown Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
Lake Shore Trail: 5.5 miles, more difficult hiking
Pine Creek Rail Trail
Located 4 miles from the park in Waterville, this multi-use trail is for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. It stretches 62 miles from Jersey Shore to Wellsboro Junction along Pine Creek. The upper portion of the trail is in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Access areas, benches and restrooms are at various places along the trail.
The scenery along the trail is magnificent. Trail users can view dramatic rock outcrops, waterfalls, and wildlife like eagle, osprey, coyote, deer, wild turkey, heron, river otter, black bear and many others. Diverse plant life, scattered old-growth timber, historic pine and spruce plantations, and several foundations from the Civilian Conservation Corps era can be found along the trail.
There are also many miles of trails in the adjacent Tiadaghton State Forest.
Shooting Range: The shooting range is open daily from 8 AM until sunset. There is a pistol and rifle range with targets at 10, 15, 25, 50, and 100 yards. The rifle range has covered shooting benches and the pistol range has various uncovered firing stations.
Individuals and groups interested in using the new shooting range facilities must purchase an annual range permit. Range permits are required for individuals 16 years of age or older. Pa. resident: individual $30 per year; family $40. Non-resident: individual $36; family $48. Permits may be purchased at the park office or through self-registration at the range. This fee will help offset the cost of maintaining the range in a sustainable manner.
Please be sure to follow all of the Shooting Range Safety Guidelines and be sure to pick up your brass after you are done shooting.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, many electric hook-ups
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
Camping Cottages: The three cottages comfortably sleep five people. Each cottage has two sets of single bunks, a full-size bed, wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.
Yurts: These round, canvas and wood walled tents have a wooden deck and sleep five people in bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table and are adjacent to a water pump. A shower house is nearby.
Organized Group Tenting: Available to adult and youth groups, there are four sites: two sites hold 40 people and two sites hold 20 people, or combine to hold 120 people. A paved parking lot, showers, flush toilets, fire rings and picnic tables are provided. A garbage and recycling center is near the campground entrance.
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Cross-country Skiing: The five-mile Lake Shore Trail follows mostly level terrain and parallels the lake and headwaters and then returns to the starting location. Motor vehicles and snowmobiles are prohibited in this area.
Sledding: In the main day use area, two acres of slopes extend across the lake. Ample parking is by the bathhouse. Ice must be four inches thick before the run is opened.
Snowmobiling: Ample parking is available throughout the park. There are more than 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the surrounding Tiadaghton 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. Restrooms are available. Overnight accommodations, food, gasoline and groceries are available throughout the area.
Ice Fishing: Trout are stocked in the 60-acre Little Pine Lake for ice fishing. The ice thickness is not monitored.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Environmental education and interpretive programs are offered on a seasonal basis.
Field learning experiences are available to schools during the spring and fall, and teachers’ workshops are offered periodically. Programs are designed to meet the standards for Environment & Ecology, but also address other areas. Programs are also available on request to civic organizations and youth groups. Topics include astronomy, botany, entomology, folklore and zoology, among others.
Guided walks, evening programs, hands-on learning activities and craft programs are offered to park visitors in the summer season.
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Annual Autumn Festival
This annual event focuses on the outdoor recreational opportunities in northcentral Pennsylvania. Activities include: guided walks, crafts, presentations and informational displays by private and government conservation organizations. The festival is held on the Sunday of the second full weekend in October.
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.