At 3,394 acres, Black Moshannon State Park is one part of the broader, 43,000-acre Moshannon State Forest. These are preservation lands, and because of this visitors are treated to some exceptionally wild settings. Because of the diversity in setting between seasons, Black Moshannon has something to offer everyone throughout the year. The park was named after the reddish waters that fill Black Moshannon Lake. The original native name meant "moose stream" due to the unusual tint of the water.
The lake itself is home to several species of freshwater fish, which makes it a popular fishing spot for locals. Dogs are allowed on the shoreline provided they stay on a leash. Ice fishing is popular here in the winter months, although park officals warn that ice thickness is not regularly monitored. All potential ice fishers should, therefore, exercise caution when setting up stands and drilling.
With over 20 miles of trail to choose from, there's a piece of scenery for everyone here. Several of the trails loop into each-other, so make sure and grab a map from the Pennsylvania DCNR website. In addition to elevated nature trails, a few of these paths can be challenging. Make sure to do your research and come prepared when taking your canine out.
Black Moshannon State Park is equipped with 73 campsites, each of which contains a picnic table and fire pit. Approximately 50 of these sites have full sewer and water lines. All sites are ADA accessible and include washroom facilities as well as public showers. Laundry facilities are also available for an additional fee. Canines are allowed on all campground areas for an additional $2 fee, with the exception of any indoor structures.
During the winter months, a portion of the lake is cordoned off for ice skating. The winter report released by the Pennsylvania DCNR every year is a great way to be kept up-to-date on hours and fees. No skate rental exists, so visitors must bring their own.