Parker Dam State Park


Campground Type
State Park

28 Fairview Road
Penfield, Pennsylvania 15849


Parker Dam State Park

Campground Details

Open: Open from the second Friday in April through mid-December
Number of Sites: 110
Number of Sites with Electric: 80

This rustic, remote park in the heart of Moshannon State Forest is almost entirely wooded and offers picturesque areas of forest and swamp meadows, pine plantations and mixed hardwoods. The CCC Interpretive Center interprets the Civilian Conservation Corps. Parker Dam is a good base to explore the surrounding state forest.

The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park offers old-fashioned charm and character. A scenic lake, rustic cabins, quaint campground and unbounded forest make Parker Dam an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation. For wilderness explorers, Parker Dam provides a gateway to the vast expanses of the Moshannon State Forest. You can walk through a tornado ravaged woods, backpack into the 50,000-acre Quehanna Wilderness, mountain bike to your heart's content or enjoy quiet solitude searching for elusive Pennsylvania elk.

Camping: The camping area is above the eastern edge of the lake. Open from the second Friday in April through mid-December, it offers partially shaded campsites with open grassy areas and some entirely forested sites. The campground has modern restrooms with showers and a sanitary dump station. Electric hookups are available at 80 of 110 campsites. The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

Cabins: Located in peaceful woods, the 16 rustic cabins rent year-round. The cabins sleep 4, 6 or 8 people. All cabins are heated with a wall-mounted gas heater, with the option of additional heating using wood-burning fireplace inserts. Each cabin has bunk beds, mattresses, gas cooking stove, refrigerator, table and chairs. Renters must provide their own bedding, cookware, tableware and firewood. In the summer season, cabins only rent by the week. In the off season the minimum rental is two-days. Advance reservations are recommended.

Organized Group Tenting: The combined capacity of the three organized group tenting areas is 80 people. Two areas hold 20 people each and one area holds 40 people. These open, grassy areas are in the northern end of the park at the intersection of Mud Run and Tyler roads.

These reservable, organized group tenting areas contain non-flush toilets, water hydrants, picnic tables and fire rings. For a fee organized groups can use the campground showers.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Wildlife Watching - Sledding - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Cabin Classroom - Organized Group Tenting - Cabins - Camping

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