The Parker Dam State Park is a 968-acre landscape teaming with history and character. Containing a lake, campgrounds, cabins, and miles of forest trails to explore, the Parker Dam State Park is a multifaceted recreational opportunity for almost anyone.
Overnight guests are welcome to try out the park's rustic cabins. These ADA accessible structures are surrounded by dense foliage and are available for rental year round. Each cabin has a modern restroom complete with sink and shower just outside of the primary structure.
Sizes on these cabins range from 4, 6, or 8-person capacities and have a gas fireplace installed for the winter months. During the summertime these cabins are only available by the week, so keep that in mind if you're booking a stay. Canines are permitted in the cabins with a small additional deposit.
Guests are free to wander the parks 16 miles of hiking trails. This network provides guests with a range of difficulties, ensuring that all types of folks will have a path to enjoy. Experiences hikers are encouraged to try the Abbot Hollow Trails, a 1.7-mile valley that was irrevocably changed after a tornado blew through the Parker Dam State Park in 1985.
Due to the sporadic nature of this once-forested area, guests are treated to multiple habitats while they brave the rugged landscape. If you're visiting with a family or the elderly, the park recommends the Beaver Dam Trail. This 2.3-mile length of trail network is covered in compacted gravel and gives explorers a chance to see the park's beaver population in action.
History buffs can check out the CCC Trail, which hearkens back to the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps. These trails were initially the primary roads for CCC workers who would travel from their camp on the park grounds to the nearby dam for work. Feel free to bring your dog on a hike here, as long as they don't disturb other guests.
Visitors should always remember best practices when bringing their canines along. Bring a fresh stash of water, a sturdy leash, and baggies to clean up any messes your dog might leave behind. Pennsylvania State requires all pets being brought into state parks be up-to-date on their vaccinations, so make sure your canine has a checkup before your visit.