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Blue Knob State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
Blue Knob Mountain
Named for: Blue Knob Mountain
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bedford
Townships Kimmel, Lincoln, Pavia
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°16′43″N 78°34′53″W / 40.27861°N 78.58139°W / 40.27861; -78.58139Coordinates: 40°16′43″N 78°34′53″W / 40.27861°N 78.58139°W / 40.27861; -78.58139
 - elevation 3,146 ft (958.9 m) [1]
Area 6,046.88 acres (2,447 ha)
 - water 0.5 acres (0 ha)
Founded 1945
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Everett, Pennsylvania
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Location of Blue Knob State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Blue Knob State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park is a 6,046.88-acre (2,447.09 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Kimmel, Lincoln, and Pavia townships in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The average annual snowfall at the park is about 12 feet (370 cm). The park is named for Blue Knob, the second highest mountain in Pennsylvania at 3,146 feet (959 m). It is the location of Blue Knob All Seasons Resort, the ski slope in Pennsylvania with the highest elevation. Blue Knob State Park is just off Interstate 99 on Pennsylvania Route 869 west of Pavia.

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History

The earliest settlers to the Blue Knob area were of German descent. They cleared and farmed the land soon after the American Revolution. They also built several distilleries, a lumber mill and gristmill.[2]

The logging boom that swept over most of the mountains and forests of Pennsylvania drastically altered the landscape surrounding Blue Knob State Park. The old-growth forests of hemlock were clear cut. The timber was hauled away on trains that climbed the steep hillsides. A railroad that followed Bobs Creek used six switchbacks to ascend the mountain. Another railroad used five switchbacks to climb the hills near Wallacks Branch. These railroad grades are still used today to gain access to State Gamelands.[2]

The lumber industry abandoned the lands once all the salable timber had been harvested. They left behind a wasteland of dried out tree tops that were ignited by passing steam locomotives. The land was scarred by immense wild fires. The wildlife that had once thrived in the area was also gone due to over-hunting and deforestation.[2]

The efforts of the National Park Service are largely responsible for the reforestation of Blue Knob State Park. Blue Knob National Recreation Demonstration Area was opened by the park service in 1935. The park was built by the men of the Works Projects Administration and the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The WPA and CCC were established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed. Ownership of the park was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on September 26, 1945 and Blue Knob State Park was officially opened.[2]

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Geology

The bedrock in the valleys of the park consists of the Upper Devonian Catskill Formation, consisting of sequences of sandstone, siltstone, and shale. The mountains in the park are capped by the Mississippian Burgoon Sandstone, which is underlain by the transitional Devonian-Mississippian Rockwell Formation, consisting of crossbedded argillacious sandstone with some shale beds.[2]

Recreation

The resort

Blue Knob All Seasons Resort is on Blue Knob the second highest mountain in Pennsylvania. The resort includes 36 trails on slopes for skiing, snow boarding and tubing, a golf course, trails for mountain biking and cross-country skiing. It is open year round. The lodge provides year round accommodations with tennis courts and a swimming pool.[2]

Swimming

There is a swimming pool at the park that is separate from the pool at the resort. It opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. The hours of operation are 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. Lifeguards are provided.[2]

Picnics

There are three picnic areas at Blue Knob State Park with over 200 picnic tables. Mowery Hollow and Burnt House picnic areas are open year round. Willow Springs picnic area opens the weekend before Memorial Day and closes the day after Thanksgiving.[2]

Camping

Blue Knob State Park has a campground with 45 sites, 25 of which have a connections to an electrical supply. 43 sites will accommodate tents or campers. Two are the sites are walk-in only. The campground has running water, a sanitary dump station, modern restrooms and a playground.[2]

A group of cabins, built and used by the CCC, is available for rent by large groups. The cabin area has a large dining hall and kitchen area and a showerhouse.[2]

Hunting and fishing

Hunting is permitted on about 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) of Blue Knob State Park. The most common game species are turkey, squirrels and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. Hunters are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The park is next to Pennsylvania State Game Land 26. There are parking lots and trails at Blue Knob State Park for those interested parking at the state park and hiking into the gamelands.[2]

Bobs Creek is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in co-operation with the Pavia Sportmen Club Inc. There is also a population of native brook trout in Bobs Creek and its tributaries.[2]

Nearby state parks

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Blue Knob State Park:[3][4][5]

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