Nestled in a steep-walled river gorge carved out by the locally famous Rauchtown Run, the Ravensburg State Park occupies a northern hardwood forest that covers the area. Interspersed with this forest landscape are several curious rock formations, some of which host climbing during the warmer months.
At just 78 acres, Ravensburg State Park is a relatively small park that still packs a big punch. Backpackers are welcome to use the trails here as an entrance to the 215000-acre Tiadaghton State Forest which surrounds Ravensburg State Park. While only one mile of total trail length exists here, they all link up with the 261-mile Mid State backpacking trail.
Due to the mountains and often challenging nature of these trails, park officials highly recommend that guests come in proper hiking attire. This means multiple layers, a stash of fresh water, and sturdy hiking boots. If you're looking to bring your dog along on this trip, make sure you keep them on a 6-foot leash and clean up anything the might drop onto the public trails.
Ravensburg State Park offers strong coldwater fishing opportunities for a few different species. These include native brown trout and brook trout, among others. Pennsylvania state requires all fishing guests to come with an up to date state license for the sport, as well as stamps for any trout they might catch during their trip.
As rental offices have yet to be built here, guests should bring along all necessary accouterments to drop a line in these waters. If you're planning to bring your canine companion along they need to be restrained throughout your stay. Visiting pets are strictly prohibited from entering the waters of Rauchtown Run.
If you're too tired to make the trip home, Ravensburg State Park offers a few options for spending the night. The 21 total primitive sites come complete with a fire ring and picnic table and run along several small streams that wind through the area. Good news for pet owners, Ravensburg State Park, allows canines on all of their campsites, as long as they're on a leash and don't bother other guests.