Simon B. Elliott State Park

The 318-acre Simon B. Elliott State Park is in the heart of Moshannon State Forest. This entirely wooded park offers picturesque areas of swamp meadows and a forest of typical second growth mixed hardwood and oak timber.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Snowmobiling   -  Cabins   -  Camping

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

A unique stone pavilion overshadows a wooden pavilion at Simon B. Elliott State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: Picnicking amidst towering pine and oak trees is a treat for the whole family. The park offers ample parking, tables, three reservable picnic pavilions, drinking water and non-flush restrooms. The pavilion brochure has details on the pavilions.

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Fishing: Fishing in small mountain streams surrounding the park offers sport for those who like to walk and fish in uncrowded streams for native trout.

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 234 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, grouse and squirrel. Thousands of acres of surrounding Moshannon State Forest are open for hunting.

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.

A hiking trail winds between trees at Simon B. Elliott State Park.Hiking: 3 miles of trails
Hiking trails take visitors to various places on the mountaintop while backpack hikers can get on the Quehanna Trail by way of the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company Trail. The Quehanna Trail System offers over 75 miles of hiking and backpacking. Hikers can go for up to seven overnights without retracing steps by using the northern and southern loops and connecting trails. This trail also connects on to the Susquehannock Trail System north of the community of Sinnemahoning.

Stay the Night

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Camping: composting toilets
A 25-site camping area, across from the log cabin park office, offers modern restrooms but no showers and a sanitary dump station. Pets are permitted on all sites. The campground opens in April and closes in October. The maximum stay in this area is 14 days during the summer season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays. The restroom and site seven are ADA accessible. The campground is open from the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position
The campground host site has amenities including electric service. The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a two-week minimum stay. The host’s responsibilities will be as follows:

  1. Provide on site contact with campers during the time the park office is closed.
  2. Litter pick up around restrooms, play areas and throughout the campground.
  3. Check all restrooms prior to retiring for the night, stock toilet paper, report any problems.
  4. Maintain campsite markers so they are straight and have a place to display permit.
  5. Collect fees for pets, extra car parking, showers, and camping as required.
  6. Notify Park Ranger/Manager/911 in case of emergency at the park by phone or radio.

Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Rustic Cabins: Six rustic cabins, of CCC origin, are available for rent. Minimal furnishings include: single bunk beds, chairs, table, a gas stove, refrigerator, gas heaters, electric lights and fireplace. The cabins are open from the second Friday in April to mid December.

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Winter Activities

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Cross-country Skiing: Ski on more than four miles of easy to moderate ungroomed roads and trails.

Snowmobiling: During the winter months, the main parking lot is plowed to allow registered snowmobiles to unload and operate on the roads and trails in the Moshannon State Forest. A map of the roads and trails open to snowmobiling is available at the Parker Dam park office. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.

Annual High Country Arts and Crafts Fair

Annual event for all ages sponsored by the Clearfield Elks featuring arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, entertainment, food, shuttles to and from the parking area, and much more. This event began in 1988 with just a handful of vendors, and has grown to almost 200 vendors, drawing 10,000-15,000 visitors from Pennsylvania and surrounding states every year. The festival is held on the Sunday after the 4th of July.

Access for People with Disabilities

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