A Pennsylvania Recreational Guide for Canoe Creek State Park BIKING: The one-mile Bike Trail is between US 22 and
Environmental Education and History
Mattern Road. The trail passes through the day use area and
Canoe Creek State Park The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park is in scenic Sinking the historic site. The trail explores many habitats in the park, Geologic formations in and around the park are rich in
Valley, 12 miles east of Altoona. This beautiful, modern like forests, riparian areas, wetlands and ﬁelds. Bikes are Canoe Creek State Park offers many popular environmental limestone. This limestone was extracted and used for many
park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old ﬁelds and prohibited on hiking and equestrian trails. education and interpretive programs for families, private purposes, including supplying a raw material for the once
mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating groups and school groups. Through hands-on activities, thriving iron and steel industry of Pennsylvania. The park
birds and for one of the largest bat colonies in the HORSEBACK RIDING: Equestrian trails loop through
guided walks and evening programs, participants gain has several old quarry operations. Two calcining plants
Commonwealth. The lake is popular for ﬁshing year-round. the north side of the park. Mattern, Hartman, and parts of
appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of (limekilns), the Hartman kilns site and the Blair Limestone
Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats. Moore’s Hill trails can be reached from the parking lot off of
stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Picnicking, swimming at the beach, enjoying educational Mattern Road. Horse rentals are not available in the area.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are
programs, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also HIKING: 8 miles of trails available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops
popular activities. The trails explore forests, ﬁelds, wetlands, shrubby areas, are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance
historic areas and the lakeshore. Brochures on wildlife and and may be scheduled by calling the park ofﬁce.
geocaching opportunities can be obtained at the education Programs are offered year-round. For more detailed infor-
To reach Canoe Creek State Park, travel on US 22 to center or the park ofﬁce. mation contact the park ofﬁce or visit the park’s Calendar of
the small village of Canoe Creek (seven miles east of Hikers should be prepared for trail conditions and dress for Events at www.visitPAparks.com.
Hollidaysburg), turn north on the Turkey Valley Road for the terrain and weather. Please wear ﬂuorescent orange when An education center highlights the historical and natural
one half mile to Canoe Creek State Park, on the right. hiking during hunting seasons. resources of the park. Near the modern cabins, the center is
open year-round and provides brochures on the education
HUNTING AND FIREARMS: About 550 acres are open
Reservations program and the wildlife of the park. Company kilns site, operated in the park during the early
to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during estab-
1900s. The Blair Limestone Company Kiln remnants
Make online reservations at: www.visitPAparks.com or call lished seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant and
Wildlife Watching are the focus of historical and interpretive programs and
toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to rabbit.
Canoe Creek State Park maintains a variety of habitats for displays. This company was a subsidiary of Jones and
Saturday, for state park information and reservations. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is pro-
wildlife. Old ﬁelds, wetlands, a lake and a limestone deep Laughlin Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pa.
hibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day follow-
Recreational Opportunities mine are interspersed with deciduous woodlots, which Canoe Creek State Park is a modern day use facility
ing Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The
provide excellent habitat for over 200 species of birds and developed during the Project 70 expansion era of state
MODERN CABINS: Eight modern cabins overlook the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the
Department of Conservation parks and was dedicated in 1979.
& Natural Resources Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. mammals.
lake and sleep six people. Cabins offer electric heat, two
Michael DiBerardinis, Secretary
bedrooms, living room/dining room, bathroom, kitchen and Contact the park ofﬁce for accessible hunting information.
BIRDING: The park is a stopover place during bird migra-
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania modern conveniences throughout. A ﬁre ring and picnic table Use extreme caution with ﬁrearms at all times. Other Nearby Attractions
tions and serves as a summer nesting site for others. Canoe
Edward G. Rendell, Governor visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and
are by each cabin. Lake is great for seeing migrating waterfowl. Bluebird, For information on nearby attractions, contact: Allegheny
The cabins are within walking distance of the swimming archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in
indigo bunting, cedar waxwing, oriole, red-winged blackbird Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-842-5866,
Canoe Creek authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not
area and are available for year-round rental. The rental and brown thrasher frequent the wetlands along Mary Ann’s www.alleghenymountains.com.
period in the summer is one week. During the remainder of open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, ﬁrearms and
Creek. Osprey and bald eagle are noteworthy spring and fall Within an hour’s drive of the park are the world famous
the year, they may be rented for a minimum of two days. archery equipment must be kept in the owner’s car, trailer or
migrants. Horseshoe Curve, Blue Knob Ski Area, The Pennsylvania
Because of Canoe Creek State Park’s excellent biodiver- State University, State Game Land 166, and Rothrock and
FISHING: The beautiful 155-acre Canoe Lake is stocked
BOATING: electric motors only sity and habitats, the park has been designated an Important Gallitzin state forests.
with walleye, muskellunge, bass, trout, chain pickerel,
The 155-acre Canoe Lake has boat launching areas on both Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area by the National
Pittsburgh catﬁsh, crappies and other panﬁsh. Pennsylvania Fish and
sides of the lake. Boat mooring is available along the eastern Audubon Society. Access for People with Disabilities
Harrisburg Boat Commission laws apply. Ice ﬁshing is a popular winter
shoreline. The boat rental, adjacent to the swimming area, Checklists and geocaching brochures can be obtained at
Philadelphia activity during the extended trout season. The ice thickness
rents rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes. the education center or the park ofﬁce. All facilities are ADA accessible. With prior approval,
is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four
Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. service roads can be used for loading and unloading.
inches thick and carry safety equipment. BAT VIEWING: The Frank Felbaum Bat Sanctuary is
Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat This symbol indicates facilities and activities that are
For More Information Contact: SWIMMING: The sand beach is open from May to
one of the largest nursery colonies of little brown bats in accessible. This publication text is available in alternative
registration from any state; launching permit or mooring
Canoe Creek State Park Pennsylvania. On warm summer evenings, visitors attend bat formats.
September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Please read and follow posted permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at
RR 2, Box 560 programs and watch the exit of the bats. A deep limestone If you need an accommodation to participate in park
rules for swimming. Swim at your own risk. most state park ofﬁces; launch use permit from the
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9752 mine is a hibernaculum (where animals hibernate) for almost activities due to a disability, please contact the
The sand beach is 350 feet long and has a grass sunning Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
814-695-6807 30,000 bats of six species, including the federally endangered Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks:
area and sand play areas. The bathhouse has showers and
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Indiana bat. 888-PA-PARKS (voice)
An Equal Opportunity Employer 888-537-7294 (TTY)
A snackbar by the swimming beach carries a variety of fast Winter Activities
food and drink items. 711 (AT&T Relay Services)
www.visitPAparks.com CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: All hiking, equestrian and
PICNICKING: Scenic, shaded areas on the east and
Information and Reservations west sides of the park provide many options for picnics and
biking trails are available for skiing. In an Emergency
ICE FISHING: This is a popular winter activity during the Contact a park employee or dial 911. For directions to the
gatherings. There are picnic tables, charcoal grills and
Make online reservations at: nearest hospital, look on bulletin boards or at the park ofﬁce.
charcoal disposal units. extended trout season. The ice thickness is not monitored.
www.visitPAparks.com or call toll-free NEAREST HOSPITAL:
Three picnic pavilions are available for rental. Picnic For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry
888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to
pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for safety equipment. Bon Secours Hospital Campus
Saturday, for state park information and
a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a ﬁrst-come, 2500 7th Avenue
reservations. ICE SKATING: There are two ponds just north of the
ﬁrst-served basis. Altoona, PA 16602
Beaver Dam Road Boat Launch.
6000-mp-dcnr1/306 2008 Printed on recycled paper ICEBOATING: Iceboats must have a launch permit. Bat condo