Reeds Gap State Park
Reeds Gap State Park is 220 acres of wilderness in the New Lancaster Valley of Mifflin County. Large hemlocks and white pines cast cool shadows over Honey Creek, which flows through the park.
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. Overnight areas and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Mostly wooded picnic areas are available year-round. There is ample parking, tables, and one small, non-reservable shelter. Modern flush toilets and running water are available during the warmer months.
Three 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.
Fishing: Native and stocked trout are found in Honey Creek. Mountain streams like Reeds Gap Run hide small populations of native trout. Hiking trails offer access to Honey Creek. The spring months offer the best angling.
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: Over 100 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear, and squirrel. Hunting is also permitted on the adjacent Bald Eagle State Forest.
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: 3 miles of trails
Reeds Gap Spur Trail of the Mid State Trail starts near the intersection of State Park Road and New Lancaster Valley Road. The trail climbs along scenic Reeds Gap Run to Knob Ridge Road, which leads to Poe Paddy State Park 18 miles away. This very beautiful and rugged trail has interesting large rocks along the upper section. Once many logs were brought down the trail to a sawmill that stood by the park office.
ATVs are prohibited on state park roads and trails.
Camping: tents only, pets permitted on all sites
Explore camping for more information.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: Skiers can enjoy the trails, service roads, and open areas. About five miles of ungroomed trails are available with proper snow conditions.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
A park educator offers programs during the late spring and summer months. Organized groups and schools can request special programs by contacting the park office.
The annual Reeds Gap Fall Festival is held the second Saturday in October and features many children’s activities.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.
Access for People with Disabilities
Some picnic tables, the restroom in Parking Lot B, and the park office are ADA accessible. Service roads may be used to provide 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.