What to do in Cherry Springs State Park

Over the years the pine and hemlock in the Cherry Springs area was lumbered off and in its place grew maples, birches and other hardwood trees. In March of 1933, during the heart of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a government agency that enabled unemployed men to work in the forests, have a roof over their heads and eat regularly. Cherry Springs CCC Camp was one of ten CCC camps constructed in the Susquehannock Forest District

In 1952, the first Woodsmen's Show at Cherry Springs State Park attracted a crowd of 4,000 people. Today, the annual Woodsmen's Show attracts thousands of spectators annually for the early August event. Facilities at Cherry Springs include camping sites and two picnic shelters. Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was a century ago, a haven for campers who like to rough it and who can appreciate one of the finest scenic drives in all of Pennsylvania.

Over the years the pine and hemlock in the Cherry Springs area was lumbered off and in its place grew maples, birches and other hardwood trees. In March of 1933, during the heart of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a government agency that enabled unemployed men to work in the forests, have a roof over their heads and eat regularly.

Cherry Springs CCC Camp was one of ten CCC camps constructed in the Susquehannock Forest District. A forester directed the work to be done at each camp, such as clearing underbrush, opening trails, constructing buildings, grounds and roads. Additionally, Camp Elliott (named for District Forester Harry Elliott) was set up at Cherry Springs. This camp was not connected with the CCC camps, but was under the supervision of the former Department of Forests and Waters. Mostly unemployed college boys stayed at this camp, and one of their accomplishments was to construct the 40 acre air field at Cherry Springs (under the former State Bureau of Aeronautics) during the summer of 1935.

In 1952, the first Woodsmen's Show at Cherry Springs State Park attracted a crowd of 4,000 people. Today, the annual Woodsmen's Show attracts thousands of spectators annually for the early August event.

Recreation
Facilities at Cherry Springs include camping sites and two picnic shelters. Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was a century ago, a haven for campers who like to rough it and who can appreciate one of the finest scenic drives in all of Pennsylvania.

Location
Cherry Springs State Park, located along PA Route 44 in Potter County in north central Pennsylvania.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Cherry Springs State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Address
c/o Lyman Run State Park
454 Lyman Run Road
Galeton, PA 16922

Phone: 814-435-5010


Email: lymanrun@dcnr.state.pa.us
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