What to do in Shawnee State Park

Shawnee State Park is named for American Indians who lived for a short time in the vicinity of the park during their westward migration from the Potomac in the early 1700's.

A varied selection of recreational opportunities has made Shawnee State Park one of Pennsylvania's favorite leisure areas during every season of the year. There are 293 camping sites equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. A camp store sells wood, charcoal and other camping supplies and is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. A 100 person capacity primitive tenting area with composting toilets and a hand-pumped well is available with advance reservations. Boating is enjoyed and the park offers three boat launch areas and 183 boat mooring spaces. Paddleboats, canoes and rowboats can be rented at the boat concession during the summer. Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm water game fish. Shawnee's sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. Environmental education programs, a 12-mile trail system, picnic facilities and over 3,000 acres of land are available for hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Winter activities include: snowmobiling, sledding, tobogganing, ice fishing, ice boating and ice skating.

Shawnee State Park is named for American Indians who lived for a short time in the vicinity of the park during their westward migration from the Potomac in the early 1700's.

General Forbes camped his army within the boundaries of the park while building the Forbes Road in the campaign of 1758 against the French at Fort Duquesne, Pittsburgh. One can still walk remnants of the Forbes Trail within the park. The white barn, buildings and houses now surrounded by a lake of water were once surrounded by a sea of grass. These buildings belonged to John Bowman's "Water Brooks Farm." John Bowman was president and chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and was the driving force behind the building of the Cathedral of Learning.

Recreation
A varied selection of recreational opportunities has made Shawnee State Park one of Pennsylvania's favorite leisure areas during every season of the year. There are 293 camping sites equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. A dump station is nearby. A camp store sells wood, charcoal and other camping supplies and is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. A 100 person capacity primitive tenting area with composting toilets and a hand-pumped well is available with advance reservations. Boating is enjoyed and the park offers three boat launch areas and 183 boat mooring spaces. Paddleboats, canoes and rowboats can be rented at the boat concession during the summer. Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm water game fish. Shawnee's sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. A food and drink concession is nearby. The park environmental interpreter conducts a regular summer program of nature walks and evening campfires with informative discussions, movies and slides. A 12-mile trail system invites you to explore the scenic beauty of the park. Over 3,000 acres of Shawnee State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Picnic facilities are available and include picnic tables, charcoal grills, water fountains and restrooms. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.
Winter activities include: snowmobiling, sledding, tobogganing, ice fishing, ice boating and ice skating.

Location
Shawnee State Park is located in the southern area of the state 10 miles west of the historic town of Bedford along Route 30.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Shawnee State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
132 State Park Road
Schellsburg, PA 15559

Phone: 814-733-4218

Email: shawnee@dcnr.state.pa.us
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