Patterson State Park
Located in a remote area, Patterson has two rustic picnic pavilions for visitors to enjoy a quiet lunch. Patterson is a trailhead for the Susquehannock Trail, a favorite of backpackers.
Picnic Pavilions: Two picnic pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunting and Firearms: Patterson provides access to Susquehannock State Forest for hunting.
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.
Susquehannock Trail System: The 85-mile Susquehannock Trail System trail passes through the park.
Camping: rustic restrooms
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Patterson State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Potter County Visitors Association. www.visitpottercounty.com
Susquehannock State Forest: This 262,000-acre state forest offers hiking on a variety of trails including the Susquehannock and Black Forest trail systems, miles of snowmobile trails, and an ATV area located close to Denton Hill and Lyman Run state parks.
Ole Bull State Park: Offers camping, picnicking, fishing and hiking, 814-435-5000.
Kettle Creek State Park: Offers a 160-acre lake, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, and hiking, 570-923-6004.
Lyman Run State Park: Offers a lake with fishing, swimming, camping facilities ATV and hiking trailheads, 814-435-5010.
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: Along US 6, ten miles west of Galeton, 814-435-2652.
Denton Hill Ski Area: Along US 6, ten miles west of Galeton, 814-435-2115.
Explore Pennsylvania Wilds
Pennsylvania Wilds is two million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the area are elk watching at the Elk Country Visitor Center, scenic PA Route 6, Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon), the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park, and hundreds of miles of backpacking trails, bike paths, and trout fishing streams. www.pawilds.com
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Patterson State Park Map (.pdf) (459 kb, 7/13)
Interactive GIS Map
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Patterson State Park is 6.5 miles south of Sweden Valley on PA 44.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.69617 Long. -77.89368
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Patterson State Park