With over 1,100 acres in Southern Pennsylvania, Caledonia State Park is known for its rich history and recreation activities. The park was named for the Caledonia Furnace, an iron furnace once owned by Thaddeus Stevens in 1837. The furnace was destroyed during the Civil War but was later rebuilt after the war ended. It closed in 1902, and by 1903, it became a state park.
In addition to its rich history, Caledonia State Park offers plenty of space for outdoor fun. The park includes an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, a summer stock theater, and more. For overnight visitors, the park offers 184 tent and trailer sites spread across two campgrounds.
Camping is available seasonally, from mid-April through December, at the end of deer hunting season. In the off-season, cabins are available for rent and come equipped with central heat, bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a kitchen and living room.
For those looking for a spot to stretch their legs, the Appalachian Trail passes through the park. There are 10 miles of other trails that pass through scenic forests and other historic sites. Trail guides and information may be found at the park office. If you take your dog hiking, remember to bring enough water for you and your pet.
Bring waste bags and always pick up after your pet. Be alert of potential hazards on the trails. In Pennsylvania, pets are allowed in campgrounds and day-use areas, but be respectful of posted signs where dogs are restricted.
Always keep pets leashed or in a crate or cage and never leave them unattended. Don’t bring aggressive dogs or allow your pets to disturb other park visitors or the local wildlife. Make sure you bring proof of current rabies vaccine.
Caledonia State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Some facilities are only open seasonally. Contact the park by phone or online for reservations, fees, and additional information. If you’re in Southern Pennsylvania and looking for a beautiful place to spend the day or the weekend outdoors enjoying nature, bring your family and furry friends to Caledonia State Park.