Locust Lake State Park

Known for its popular camping area, Locust Lake State Park nestles on the side of Locust Mountain. The 52-acre Locust Lake is located between two campgrounds and is surrounded by beautiful forests. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the 1,772-acre park. Tuscarora State Park is nearby.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Ice Skating   -  Ice Fishing   -  Camping

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the Tuscarora State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Swimming: The 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 for swimming. Swimming areas are marked with buoys and have a maximum depth of 5 1/2 feet. Swimmers can buy food and snacks at the campstore/boat rental.

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
The 52-acre Locust Lake has a boat launch. Rowboats, canoes and pedal boats are available at the a boat rental concession.

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.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 52-acre Locust Lake is a warm-water fishery and receives several stockings of brown and brook trout annually. Pickerel, bass (largemouth and smallmouth) and panfish give anglers action in all seasons.

Fishermen who are not camping are required to use the fishermen’s parking area near the park entrance. There is an ADA accessible fishing pier by the program pavilion on the north side of the lake.

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 1,728 acres of Locust Lake State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, grouse and dove. Special regulations areas allowing only bow and arrow and flintlock muzzleloader hunting are in several areas of Locust Lake.

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 Tuscarora 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.

Happy hikers rest on a rock outcrop at Locust Lake State Park, Pennsylvania.Hiking: 6.75 miles of trails

Oak/Ridge Trail: 0.75 mile, easiest hiking, white/blue blazes
This interpretive trail winds along a woodland creek, through a mature forest and through young woodland areas. Along the entire loop of this self-guiding trail, species of trees and other vegetation are marked and posted with educational signs.

Oak/Hemlock Trail: 2 miles, more difficult hiking, white/yellow blazes
This trail is blazed through a mature hemlock stand through which flows a woodland stream. The trail also passes by a unique geological outcropping.

Oak Loop Trail: 4 miles, most difficult hiking, white blazes
The longest of the loop trails, it encircles a ridge covered by a mature deciduous forest.

Biking: 1.3 miles of trails
A paved, 1.3-mile long bike trail circles the lake and gives an excellent view of the lake.

Stay the Night

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
GPS: Lat. 40.78499 Long -76.11921
The 282 campsites are divided into tent or trailer sites that encircle the lake. Tenting is permitted on the north side of the lake and in the trailer facilities are on the south side of the lake. All areas are within easy access to swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.

All campsites are in a wooded area and have a parking pad, picnic table, fire ring and a cleared area for camping equipment. There are also a number of walk-in sites. Campground conveniences include modern restrooms and washhouses with shower facilities. A sanitary dump station is on the trailer side of the lake. Trash/recycling areas are on the north and south sides of the lake.

There are three play areas within the campgrounds. Two playgrounds are in the trailer loops and one is on the tent side of the lake. Playground equipment is designed for a variety of age groups.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 3 host positions
Campground host sites have amenities that include 20 or 40-amp electric service. Hosts are required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a four-week minimum stay. The hosts are also required to perform light maintenance, litter picking, and promote good public relations with park visitors. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Campstore: A campstore/boat rental is near the fishermen’s launching area on the western side of the lake and has basic food and camping supplies like wood and bait, boat rentals and a public phone.

Winter Activities

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Ice Fishing: Trout and panfish are the primary species caught through the ice of the 52-acre Locust Lake. The ice thickness is not monitored.

Ice Skating: Skating is permitted on the natural lake ice. The ice thickness is not monitored.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

A park educator instructs two children at Locust Lake State Park, Pennsylvania.Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer a wide variety of environmental education, recreational and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. An environmental education specialist is available to develop EE curriculums and provide teacher workshops and additional teacher and community services. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.

Programs are offered March to November. For more detailed information, contact the park office.

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Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.