What to do in Poe Paddy State Park

Poe Paddy is located on the site of Poe Mills, a prosperous but short-lived lumbering town of the 1880's and 1890's. Poe Mills had a population of over three hundred in 1890.

The CCC camp located in Poe Valley in the mid 1930's constructed the park. The name Poe Paddy was used because on one side of Penns Creek, the once continuous ridge, is called Poe Mountain. On the other side, it is called Paddy Mountain.

Poe Paddy State Park is located at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, a trout angler's paradise featuring the nationally recognized green drake mayfly hatch in June. Hikers walk the Mid State Trail through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel. Two small adirondack style lean-tos and 41 tent and trailer campsites are available from the second Friday in April until the end of antlerless deer season in mid-December. Access is not guaranteed in the winter months. Six picnic tables and two pavilions with four picnic tables each are available for year-round use. A multiunit playground is also available in the picnicking area. The food and boat rental concession is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The boat concession rents small craft with life preservers. A concession stand is operated from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, that sells food, ice, charcoal and other items.

Special picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated through the park. People with disabilities may use park service roads for access upon request at the park office.

Poe Paddy is located on the site of Poe Mills, a prosperous but short-lived lumbering town of the 1880's and 1890's. Poe Mills had a population of over three hundred in 1890. At that time, it had a larger population than State College, Pennsylvania. The main railroad, built in 1879, ran very near here and a siding ran to Poe Paddy. From here many small temporary timber railroads were built through most of the mountain valleys. A log pond was formed by damming Poe Creek and a steam powered sawmill operated here. In the early 1900's, a scenic excursion train once ran a loop from Milroy to Poe Paddy and back. The park was constructed by the CCC camp located in Poe Valley in the mid 1930's. The name Poe Paddy was used because on one side of Penns Creek, the once continuous ridge, is called Poe Mountain. On the other side, it is called Paddy Mountain.

Recreation
Poe Paddy State Park is located at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, a trout angler's paradise featuring the nationally recognized green drake mayfly hatch in June. Hikers also walk Mid State Trail through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel.

Two small adirondack style lean-tos and 41 tent and trailer campsites are available from the second Friday in April until the end of antlerless deer season in mid-December. Access is not guaranteed in the winter months.

Excellent trout fishing is available in Penns Creek, which flows by the Poe Paddy campground. Fantastic fly hatches emerge from Penns Creek, and the Green Drake Hatch which usually occurs in late May or early June is nationally known.

Six picnic tables and two pavilions with four picnic tables each are available for year-round use. A multiunit playground is also available in the picnicking area.

The Mid State Trail, with orange rectangular blazes passes through Poe Paddy. You can hike through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel on the Mid State Trail by following the trail upstream along Penns Creek, crossing a pedestrian bridge and then going to the tunnel.

Marked gravel roads in the area are open for registered snowmobiles after antlerless deer season. Please remember roads also are used by motor vehicles.

The food and boat rental concession is open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The boat concession rents small craft with life preservers. A concession stand is operated from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, that sells food, ice, charcoal and other items.

Special picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated through the park. People with disabilities may use park service roads for access upon request at the park office.

Location
Poe Paddy State Park is located in the center of the state in Centre County about 25 miles due east of State College, Pennsylvania.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Poe Paddy 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 Reeds Gap State Park
1405 New Lancaster Valley Road
Milroy, PA 17063-9735

Phone: 814-349-8778


Email: reedsgap@dcnr.state.pa.us
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