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Moraine State Park (map)

 

Moraine State Park, opened in 1970, is a 16,725 acre (6,768 ha) Pennsylvania State Park and one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".

Its main feature is man-made Lake Arthur.  There are two swimming beaches and the lake is popular for kayaking, sailing and fishing.  Boats up to 20 HP are allowed on the lake.

 

Picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and skiing in winter are other popular activities.

 

The park has a marina and several boat launches.  We like Moraine State Park for kayaking as the lake is comparably large.  We typically launch our kayak here (map)

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Pin these for later:

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Inflating our inflatable kayak in Moraine State Park
Kayaking on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park
Kayaking on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park
Kayaking on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park
Lotus flower on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park

There are several hiking trails in the park:

  • Five Points Trail: 1.3 mile loop trail. Easy, yellow blaze symbol, trailhead

  • Glacier Ridge Trail: part of the North Country National Scenic Trail, extends 14 miles from the western end of Moraine State Park to Jennings Environmental Education Center 14.8 miles, difficult, blue blaze symbol, access e.g. here
  • Hilltop Trail: Two loop trails - 1.1 and 3 miles, difficult, yellow blaze symbols, trailhead
  • Pleasant Valley Trail: 1.9 miles, easy, blue blaze symbols, trailhead; this trail crosses Hilltop
  • Sunken Garden Trail: Three loop trails – 1.9 and 2.4 and 3.6 miles, easy, blue blaze symbols, trailhead
  • Wyggeston Trail: 1.5 mile loop (white blaze symbol) or 3 miles end-to-end (yellow blaze symbol), difficult; both can be combined for a 4.5 mile end-to-end hike

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