What to do in S B Elliott State Park

In 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp Number S-116 on land along the edge of what was once a tree nursery and built the cabins, pavilions, roads, trails and many of the other buildings that exist today.

It was in this same year, 1933, as the CCC was developing the recreational area, that it was named in honor of Simon B. Elliott, a pioneer of forest conservation. The park was unchanged from the CCC days until 1970 when Interstate 80 virtually cut the park off from thru traffic.

The park offers day use and overnight amenities including cabins and a campground. Fishing is popular in several area creeks and hunting opportunities extend from the parkland into the state forest land. Hiking trails also extend into the state forest property. Most of these trails serve as snowmobile routes during the winter months.

In 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp Number S-116 on land along the edge of what was once a tree nursery and built the cabins, pavilions, roads, trails and many of the other buildings that exist today.

It was in this same year, 1933, as the recreational area was being developed by the CCC, that it was named in honor of Simon B. Elliott, a pioneer of forest conservation. A plaque erected by the former Department of Forests and Waters, commemorating this event, is on a stone in the pines along the northern edge of the park.

The park was unchanged from the CCC days until 1970 when Interstate 80 virtually cut the park off from thru traffic.

The bustle of traffic can be heard in the far off distance. However, S. B. Elliott State Park is a quiet, rustic recreational area.

Recreation
The Moshannon State Forest, once covered with majestic pines and hemlocks, is now a tract of upland hardwood forest. S.B. Elliott State Park is nestled within this territory offering a peaceful habitat for white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, squirrel, fox and beaver.

The park offers day use and overnight amenities including cabins and a campground. Fishing is popular in several area creeks and hunting opportunities extend from the parkland into the state forest land. Hiking trails also extend into the state forest property. Most of these trails serve as snowmobile routes during the winter months.

Location
S. B. Elliott State Park is located in central Pennsylvania in Clearfield County off of PA Route 153 just north of exit 18 of Interstate 80, nine miles north of the community of Clearfield.

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

Address
R.R. 1, Box 165
Penfield, PA 15849-9799

Phone: 814-765-0630

Email: parkerdam@dcnr.state.pa.us
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