What to do in Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park offers endless hours of solitude in the quiet and refreshing serenity of mountains and streams. Bob's Creek is great for trout fishing and Blue Knob boasts the second highest peak in the state at 3,146 feet.

In 1936, the Department of Forests and Waters identified the need for more parkland near Johnstown and Altoona. Shortly thereafter, the federal government purchased the land at Blue Knob. The park offers wonderful scenic views from various points. It offers a variety of recreation options including: swimming, picnicking, camping, group camping, trout fishing, hunting, backpacking and hiking. Some of the trails are open to mountain bikes and horseback riders. Cross-country skiing is a wintertime favorite in addition to downhill skiing at the privately run facility that lies within the park boundaries.

Blue Knob State Park offers endless hours of solitude in the quiet and refreshing serenity of mountains and streams. Bob's Creek is great for trout fishing and Blue Knob boasts the second highest peak in the state, 3,146 feet, which gives great views of up to 42 miles. The park is named after the majestic quartzite peak, Blue Knob.

In 1936, the Department of Forests and Waters identified the need for more parkland near Johnstown and Altoona. Shortly thereafter, the federal government purchased the land at Blue Knob. The National Park Service, with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps, developed Blue Knob Recreation Demonstration Area as one of five national examples of parks near urban areas. On September 26, 1945, the recreation area was transferred to the state of Pennsylvania.

Recreation
Blue Knob offers wonderful scenic views from various points in the park. It offers a variety of recreation options including: swimming, picnicking, camping, group camping, trout fishing, hunting, backpacking and hiking. Some of the trails are open to mountain bikes and horseback riders. Cross-country skiing is a wintertime favorite in addition to downhill skiing at the privately run facility that lies within the park boundaries.

Location
Blue Knob State Park is within 25 miles of Altoona, Johnstown and Bedford. The park is located in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, west of I-99.

From East or West: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Bedford, Exit 11. Go north on I-99 to Route 869 West (at Osterburg). Follow Route 869 to Pavia, then follow signs through Pavia to park.

From North: Take I-99 South to the Roaring Springs Exit. Follow Old Route 220 South to Route 164. Turn right onto Route 164 West, follow to the town of Blue Knob. Turn left onto Blue Knob Road (L.R. 4035) follow five miles to northern entrance of the park.

From South: Take I-70 West to Breezewood, then Route 30 West to Bedford. Then North on I-99 to Route 869 West (at Osterburg). Follow Route 869 West to Pavia and then follow signs through Pavia to park.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Blue Knob State Park area generally has cold winter months. This western region has temperatures averaging 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures range 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius). The elevation of the park can cause air temperatures to be several degrees cooler than the surrounding cities. The annual snowfall averages about 12 feet.

Address
124 Park Road
Imler, PA 16655-9207

Phone: 814-276-3576

Email: blueknob@dcnr.state.pa.us
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