What to do in Salt Spring State Park

Salt Spring State Park was first conceived of during the 1960's when local conservation-oriented citizens learned that the property was for sale by James Wheaton whose family had owned the land since 1848.

The Nature Conservancy purchased the land with the assurance the state would buy it from them at a later date. On August 7, 1973 the Commonwealth purchased the first 129 acres. Today the park has 400 acres of hemlock forest including the lovely Fall Brook Stream. Recreation opportunities include coldwater fishing, hiking, picnicking and hunting. Visitors also enjoy the constant roar of rushing water heard from Penny Rock, a waterfall area.

The park was first conceived of during the 1960's when local conservation-oriented citizens learned that the property was for sale by James Wheaton whose family had owned the land since 1848.

The Nature Conservancy purchased the land with the assurance the state would buy it from them at a later date. On August 7, 1973 the Commonwealth purchased the first 129 acres for $81,500. Today the park has 400 acres of hemlock forest and trout stream. The hemlock forest is estimated to be between 600 and 700 years old.

Recreation
The lovely Salt Spring State Park offers four types of recreation opportunities: fishing, hiking, picnicking and hunting.

Anglers enjoy the trout fishing amongst the ancient hemlock trees surrounding the Fall Brook Stream. Visitors also enjoy the constant roar of rushing water heard from Penny Rock, a waterfall area.

Hiking is enjoyed by those wishing to view large hemlock trees and three waterfalls on Fall Brook Stream.

The park hosts 400 acres of mostly wooded land with a lovely picnic grove situated at the bottom of the mountain along a trout stocked stream.

Location
The park is located in northeastern Pennsylvania off Route 29 one mile west of the tiny town of Franklin Forks on Salt Spring Road. It is about 7 - 9 miles north of the city of Montrose.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Salt Spring 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 Lackawanna State Park
R.R. 1, Box 230
Dalton, PA 18414-9785

Phone: 570-945-3239


Email: lackawanna@dcnr.state.pa.us
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