What to do in Hills Creek State Park

Hills Creek State Park opened in 1953 and named for the creek that runs through the parcel. The stream was named after Captain William Hill who settled in the area around 1820. The focal point of the park is a 137-acre lake that was developed by impounding Hills Creek. The earth dam, built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is 34 feet high and 422 feet long. The basin of Hills Creek Dam is long and narrow ending in an irregular triangle at the north end. The elevation is 1,486 feet and the nearby mountains rise to an elevation of 2,200 feet.

Wildlife abounds in and around Hills Creek State Park. Along with the active beaver colonies are other water loving creatures like muskrat, wood duck, Canada goose and osprey. Wild turkey, deer, black bear, rabbit, grouse, pileated woodpecker, and woodchuck are also quite numerous in the surrounding mountains and field areas. Hills Creek rests on 406 acres of land located in north central Tioga County just north of US 6. The park is conveniently located to those who enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking, small non-powered boat usage and hiking. Swimming is offered during the warm summer months and ice fishing is offered during the winter. The park operates a nature center and offers interpretive programs between Memorial Day and Labor Days.

The land was originally known as Kelly's Swamp when it was purchased in 1950. Within this swamp, at the present location of the swimming beach, a small mine existed from which pigment for the paint industry was extracted. The park was opened in 1953 and named for the creek that runs through the park. The stream was named after Captain William Hill who settled in the area around 1820.

The focal point of the park is a 137-acre lake that was developed by impounding Hills Creek. The earth dam, built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is 34 feet high and 422 feet long. The basin of Hills Creek Dam is long and narrow ending in an irregular triangle at the north end. The elevation is 1,486 feet and the nearby mountains rise to an elevation of 2,200 feet.

The general area now covered by water has been almost continually, since the end of the last ice age, under the influence of beaver dams and beavers. Beavers still abound in the locality, including Hills Creek Lake. It has been reported that the depth of the beaver marsh (vegetation and sediment) is as great as 20 feet deep. The temperatures and chemical characterizations of the lake support a good warm water fishery.

Wildlife abounds in and around Hills Creek State Park. Along with the active beaver colonies are other water loving creatures like muskrat, wood duck, Canada goose and osprey. Wild turkey, deer, black bear, rabbit, grouse, pileated woodpecker, and woodchuck are also quite numerous in the surrounding mountains and field areas.

Recreation
Hills Creek rests on 406 acres of land located in northcentral Tioga County just north of US 6. The park is conveniently located to those who enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking, small non-powered boat usage and hiking. Swimming is offered during the warm summer months and ice fishing is offered during the winter.

The park operates a nature center located in the camping area. A variety of interpretive programs are offered between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

The park does not offer hunting because of its small acreage. Nearby by state parks and state forests allow hunting.

Location
Hills Creek State Park, an area of 406 acres, is located in northcentral Tioga County, just north of U.S. Route 6 and midway between Wellsboro and Mansfield. The park is also accessible from PA Route 287 between Tioga and Wellsboro.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Hills Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 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
R.D. 2, Box 328
Wellsboro, PA 16901-9676

Phone: 570-724-4246

Email: hillscreek@dcnr.state.pa.us
  • Hills Creek State Park Travel Q&A

advertisement

advertisement