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Big Spring State Park
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Big Spring State Park
Description - Recreational facilities were opened by 1922 at Big Spring State Park. Prior to this, extensive logging occurred. The woods were cut to supply tanneries, barrel manufacturers and charcoal furnaces.

Big Spring State Park contains 45 acres and is named for a nearby spring. The water from Big Spring forms the scenic Shermans Creek. This lovely park offers picnicking with approximately 100 tables and grills and a few picnic shelters which may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. There is a short loop trail offering views of a historical site. There is also access to Iron Horse Trail which may be used by day-users or backpackers.

Big Spring State Park serves as a trailhead location for snowmobiling. Nearby Fowlers Hollow State Park offers camping.

Attractions - Recreational facilities were opened by 1922. Prior to this, extensive logging occurred. The woods were cut to supply tanneries, barrel manufacturers and charcoal furnaces. A tannery near the spring operated from the early 1800's until 1860. In 1871 an ax handle factory was started in the old tannery.

Big Spring State Park contains 45 acres and is named for a nearby spring. The water from Big Spring forms the scenic Shermans Creek.

Recreation - This lovely park offers picnicking with approximately 100 tables and grills and a few picnic shelters which may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. There is a short loop trail offering views of a historical site. There is also access to Iron Horse Trail which may be used by day-users or backpackers.

Big Spring State Park serves as a trailhead location for snowmobiling. Nearby Fowlers Hollow State Park offers camping.

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

Location - Big Spring State Park contains 45 acres and is located 5.5 miles southwest of New Germantown, Perry County, along PA Route 274.


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Big Spring State Park, c/o Colonel Denning State Park, 1599 Doubling Gap Road , Newville, PA, 17241-9796, Phone: 717-776-5272
, coldenning.sp@a1.dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Tuscarora State Forest - Detailed forest resource plans have been developed for the Tuscarora State Forest. The current plan sets objectives for sound multiple-use forest management which includes the maximum sustained yield of high quality timber products; protection of watersheds for the maximum yield of potable water; the exploration and the wise development of mineral resources; and providing the types of recreational opportunities available only from large tracts of forest land.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area - The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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