Poe Paddy State Park


Poe Paddy State Park is at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, a trout angler’s paradise featuring the nationally recognized green drake mayfly hatch in June. Hikers enjoy the Mid State Trail. Poe Valley State Park is nearby.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Fishing   -  Snowmobiling   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Camping

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Access cannot be guaranteed in winter. Contact the Reeds Gap State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

A wooden pavilion is sheltered by trees at Poe Paddy State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Two picnic pavilions with four picnic tables each are available for year-round use.


Fishing: Excellent trout fishing is available in Poe Creek, which flows through the Poe Paddy Campground. Fantastic fly hatches emerge from Penns Creek. The nationally known Green Drake Hatch usually occurs in late May or early June.

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: Hunting is available on adjacent state forest lands.

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: The Mid State Trail, blazed with orange rectangles, passes through Poe Paddy. To hike through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel, follow the Mid State Trail upstream along Penns Creek then cross the pedestrian bridge to the tunnel.


Stay the Night


Log Adirondack shelters are surrounded by trees in the campground at Poe Paddy State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: vault toilets
Two small Adirondack-style lean-tos and 34 tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April until mid-December. Pets are permitted on designated campsites for a fee. Please contact or stop at Poe Valley State Park for information on the Poe Paddy Campground.

The Poe Paddy Campground has vault toilets and drinking water. Campers can use the sanitary dump station at nearby Poe Valley State Park. For a fee, campers can use the showers at Poe Valley State Park

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host positions
The campground host site has amenities that include 30-amp electric service. The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a four-week minimum stay. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


Organized Group Tenting: Qualified adult and youth groups can rent the group tenting area, which is open from the second Friday in April to mid-December. The area holds up to 20 people and has picnic tables, water and vault toilets. Advance reservations are recommended.

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Winter Activities


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Snowmobiling: Marked gravel roads in the area are open for registered snowmobiles after deer season in December. Please remember roads also are used by motor vehicles. ATV’s are prohibited on state park or state forest roads.


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.