Sizerville State Park
The 386-acre Sizerville State Park is nearly surrounded by Elk State Forest and is close to one of the largest blocks of state forest in the state. Sizerville has many recreational and natural opportunities and is a good base for exploring nearby public lands.
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. The pool, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Six picnic pavilions, rustic restrooms, and over 100 picnic tables are in the two picnic areas, shaded by white pine, hemlock, and hardwood trees. A playground is in a central location. ADA accessible parking and picnic tables are throughout the areas.
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. Horseshoe pits are nearby each pavilion. Pavilions 1 and 2 are ADA accessible
Swimming: The 105-foot-long concrete pool, with an adjacent wading pool, is open 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. The maximum depth is five feet. There is a lift in the pool for people with disabilities.
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Fishing: The east and west branches of Cowley Run contain brook and brown trout. Cowley Run is a high quality stream offering mountain freestone fishing at its best. It is not unusual to catch native brook trout in these waters. Nearby, the Portage and Driftwood branches of the Sinnemahoning Creek provide anglers with an opportunity to fish for smallmouth bass and trout. All streams receive spring stockings.
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 200 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, grouse, bear, and squirrel. Hunting is permitted on the adjacent Elk 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: 5 miles of trails
The Bottomlands, Campground, and North Slope trails take the visitor through a variety of lowland habitats and are relatively easy to walk, making them ideal for hikers of any age.
Fee Hollow Trail begins by the campground and then climbs into the state forest.
Nady Hollow Trail is a 1.5-mile loop that ascends a 1,900-foot mountain. Proper footwear is recommended for any hiking and is essential for the Nady Hollow Trail.
Nady Hollow Connector is a less challenging alternative to Nady Hollow Trail.
Sizerville Nature Trail, across from the campground in Elk State Forest, is a three-mile loop with a small elevation change, a scenic vista, and educational stopping points. Maps are available in the park office.
Sizerville State Park is also a trailhead for the Bucktail Path Trail, which is part of an extensive trail system throughout the northern tier region of central Pennsylvania.
For Your Safety: If you are planning to hike from the park onto the Elk State Forest trail system, be sure you have an Elk State Forest map and advise park personnel of your hiking plans.
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, electric hook-ups
GPS DD: Lat. 41.60611, Long. -78.18681
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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: one host position in the modern campground
The average yearly snowfall is 60-70 inches. The park provides parking and restrooms. Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: Park trails provide access to many miles of trails on adjacent Elk State Forest.
Snowmobiling: The two miles of park trails provide access to over 60 miles of groomed snowmobile trails on adjacent Elk State Forest.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. For more detailed information contact the park office.
The Environmental Education Building provides exhibits and information on what to do and see while in the area. The native plantings surrounding the building include a butterfly garden that attracts many species.
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Annual Autumn Festival
Held the first Saturday of October, weather permitting, this festival is a celebration of old time skills and crafts. There are make-it and take-it crafts, examples of old time crafts like quilting, tatting, bee keeping, woodcarving, and candle making, and lots of good food. Contact the park office for more information.
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.