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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hiking: 3 miles of trails
Camping: composting toilets
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position
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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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.
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This mountaintop was once covered in giant white pine and hemlock trees. At the turn of the century, the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company and the Goodyear Lumber Company built railroads and roads to harvest the timber.
This logging devastated the area, entirely wiping out the magnificent stands of pine and hemlock. The swift departure of the logging companies allowed the barren forests to regrow. This devastated land was eventually sold to the Commonwealth, usually at tax sales, and later became Moshannon State Forest.
Now about a century later, many of the logging roads and railroad grades can be seen in the maturing stands of oak and maple.
The Honorable Simon B. Elliott was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature and a member of the old State Forestry Reservation Commission, a precursor to the Department of Forestry. This early conservationist promoted the idea of creating a nursery to raise trees for planting in the surrounding area.
In 1911, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established the Clearfield Forest Tree Nursery in a mountain pasture atop Penfield Mountain. This nursery was later renamed for District Forester William F. Dague who was in charge of its operation from its start in 1911 until 1947. The Dague Nursery closed in 1978, but its buildings and facilities are still in use as the Moshannon State Forest maintenance headquarters and the seed orchards still supply seeds for the other state nurseries.
In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp S-116 on land along the edge of the nursery and built the cabins, pavilions, roads, trails and many of the other buildings that exist today in the park.
In that same year, 1933, the former Department of Forests and Waters erected a plaque dedicating Simon B. Elliott State Park. The plaque is on a stone in the pines along the northern edge of the park.
For more information on the CCC explore the CCC Years.
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Simon B. Elliott State Park
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Services available in towns surrounding the park include grocery stores, restaurants, mechanics, gasoline stations, post office and car wash in Penfield, nine miles north; Clearfield offers these services in addition to shopping centers and a hospital nine miles south.
Parker Dam State Park: A leisurely 15-minute drive will take visitors to nearby Parker Dam State Park. The park offers beach swimming, camping, year-round cabins, nature programs, boating and many other activities.
Moshannon State Forest: For detailed information contact the Moshannon State Forest, 814-765-0821.
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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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Simon B. Elliott Dam State Park Pavilion Map (.pdf) (182 kb, 7/15)
Simon B. Elliott State Park is in Clearfield County off PA 153 just north of Exit 111 of I-80, nine miles north of the community of Clearfield.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.11276 Long. -78.52594
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Simon B. Elliott State Park