What to do in Penn Roosevelt State Park

Penn Roosevelt State Park did not exist until June 5, 1933 when members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) arrived to set up a work camp during the height of the Great Depression. The camp at Penn Roosevelt was first known as Camp Number S-62 Stone Creek Kettle. The CCC of the 1930's was segregated and the camp at Stone Creek Kettle was one of only 12 African American camps in Pennsylvania. Corps members lived at the camp and constructed recreational facilities in the area including a 195 foot log-crib dam which has since been stone-faced. They also built many of the surrounding forestry roads and trails. Ruins of the camp can still be found.

For many years, Penn Roosevelt was a State Forest Picnic Area and in 1983, it was officially designated as Penn Roosevelt State Park; a beautiful park located in the scenic Seven Mountains area of Pennsylvania.

The Mid State Trail bisects the park and provides backpacking opportunities in the Ridge and Valley Province. Extensive state forest trails provide hikers with a variety of habitats, wildlife and many scenic vistas. Horseback riders will enjoy the Thickhead Mountain Road, leading west from the park. It is closed to motor vehicles and along with the connecting Detweiler Road, makes an excellent trail ride. These trails are available for cross-country skiing during the snowy winter months.

The small lake at the confluence of Sassafras Run and Standing Stone Creek offer lakeside picnicking and nearby camping.

At the turn of the century, large railroad logging operations were in progress in the Seven Mountains area with the hillsides and hollows receiving a "lumberman's shave" typical of the day. During the summer, Reichley Brothers, a logging company, ran a 39-mile holiday excursion train carrying up to 210 passengers, mostly from Lewistown. The trip began at Milroy, traveled to Poe Mills, to Thickhead Mountain, through the Stone Creek Kettle and back to Milroy by way of Laurel Creek. One of the hardest climbs was at Stone Gap, just south of the main park area. These logging company properties were later sold to the Commonwealth in large tracts, forming the bulk of the Rothrock State Forest. Many of the railroad grades were later used as a base for the state forest roads and observant visitors can still find some of the grades.

Penn Roosevelt State Park did not exist until June 5, 1933 when members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) arrived to set up a work camp during the height of the Great Depression. The camp at Penn Roosevelt was first known as Camp Number S-62 Stone Creek Kettle. The CCC of the 1930's was segregated and the camp at Stone Creek Kettle was one of only 12 African American camps in Pennsylvania. Corps members lived at the camp and constructed recreational facilities in the area including a 195 foot log-crib dam which has since been stone-faced. They also built many of the surrounding forestry roads and trails. Ruins of the camp can still be found.

For many years, Penn Roosevelt was a State Forest Picnic Area and in 1983, it was officially designated as Penn Roosevelt State Park.

Recreation
Penn Roosevelt State Park is a beautiful park located in the scenic Seven Mountains area of Pennsylvania.

The Mid State Trail bisects the park and provides backpacking opportunities in the Ridge and Valley Province. Extensive state forest trails provide hikers with a variety of habitats, wildlife and many scenic vistas. Horseback riders will enjoy the Thickhead Mountain Road, leading west from the park. It is closed to motor vehicles and along with the connecting Detweiler Road, makes an excellent trail ride. These trails are available for cross-country skiing during the snowy winter months.

The small lake at the confluence of Sassafras Run and Standing Stone Creek offer lakeside picnicking and nearby camping.

Location
Penn Roosevelt State Park is located in the center of Pennsylvania. The park can be reached easily from U.S. Route 322 just .5 mile east of Potters Mills (where 322 changes from 2 to 4 lanes) turn south onto Crowfield Road (six miles to park) or further east, turn south, (near the runaway truck ramp) onto Stone Creek Road (also six miles to park). Penn Roosevelt can also be reached from Greenwood Furnace State Park. Turn onto Black Lick Road at the park office. Follow the Penn Roosevelt signs (12 miles to the park). To make finding the park easier and your visit more enjoyable, obtain a copy of the Rothrock State Forest Public Use Map from Greenwood Furnace State Park or the Bureau of Forestry office in Huntingdon.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Penn Roosevelt 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 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
c/o Greenwood Furnace State Park
R.R. 2, Box 118
Huntingdon, PA 16652-9006

Phone: 814-667-1800


Email: greenwood@dcnr.state.pa.us
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