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.
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.
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.
Camping: vault toilets
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
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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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.
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Poe Paddy lies on the site of Poe Mills, a prosperous but short-lived, lumbering town of the 1880s and 1890s. Poe Mills had a population of over three hundred in 1890.
Built in 1879, the main railroad line ran very near Poe Mills and a spur track ran to the Poe Paddy area. Many small, temporary timber railroads were built through most of the mountain valleys. Poe Creek was dammed to provide water to the steam-powered sawmill. In the early 1900s, a scenic excursion train ran a loop from Milroy to Poe Paddy and back.
In the mid-1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built camp S-63-PA in the valley. The men of the camp built Poe Paddy and Poe Valley state parks and many of the roads in the area.
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The park’s unusual name comes from Poe Mountain to the west and Paddy Mountain to the east.
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Poe Paddy State Park
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From US 322, near the top of Seven Mountains, follow signs for Poe Valley State Park. On Poe Valley Road, continue past Poe Valley State Park for three miles to Poe Paddy State Park.
From Millheim, go west on PA 45 for 1.5 miles, then follow signs south for 12 miles to the park.
No paved roads lead to the park.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.83379 Long. -77.41760
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Poe Paddy State Park