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Mont Alto State Park
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Mont Alto State Park
Description - Mont. Alto State Park is located in southeastern Franklin County, contains 24 acres of land. Adjacent to the park was the site of the Mont. Alto Iron Furnace. Daniel and Samuel Hughes built the furnace in 1807. The area was acquired by the Commonwealth on May 1, 1902 and became the first State Forest Park.

The 24 acres of land offers only a few day use amenities. They include a playground, coldwater fishing opportunities, two picnic areas with pavilions that have horseshoe pits and drinking water nearby. Restrooms are also available. During the winter months, the park serves as a parking and restroom facility for snowmobilers from Michaux State Forest.

Attractions - Mont. Alto State Park is located in southeastern Franklin County, contains 24 acres of land. Adjacent to the park was the site of the Mont. Alto Iron Furnace. The furnace was built in 1807 by Daniel and Samuel Hughes. Originally, it was 31 feet high, 8 feet wide at the bases and produced 2-3 tons of iron a day. In 1864, the furnace and associated holdings were purchased by George Weistling. Weistling started the Mont. Alto Iron Company, which was responsible for many changes in the area. The Mont. Alto Railroad was also completed and connected with the Cumberland County Railroad, 3.5 miles northeast of Chambersburg. Railroad trains brought visitors to the attractive mountain setting. In 1875, the "Magnificent Summer Resort," Mont. Alto Park, was opened and soon became a very popular recreational area. The area was acquired by the Commonwealth on May 1, 1902 and became the first State Forest Park.

Recreation - The 24 acres of land offers only a few day-use amenities. They include a playground, cold water fishing opportunities, two picnic areas with pavilions that have horseshoe pits and drinking water nearby. Restrooms are also available. During the winter months, the park serves as a parking and restroom facility for snowmobilers from Michaux State Forest.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Mont. Alto State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - Mont. Alto State Park is located in southeastern Franklin County close to the Virginia state line. It can be reached from Caledonia State Park on US 30, the Lincoln Highway, by traveling seven miles south on PA Route 233 or by traveling north on Route 233, one mile from the town of Mont. Alto.


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Mont Alto State Park, c/o Caledonia State Park, 40 Rocky Mountain Road , Fayetteville, PA, 17222, Phone: 717-352-2161
, caledonia@dcnr.state.pa.us

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Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Michaux State Forest - The Michaux State Forest encompasses about 85,000+ acres in the South Mountains, which is a narrow mountain range extending though Virginia, Maryland and about 40 miles into South central Pennsylvania, in a generally northeast to southwest direction.
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.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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