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Patterson State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
The larger of the CCC-built picnic pavilions in the park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Potter
Township Summit
Location [1]
 - coordinates 41°41′45″N 77°53′33″W / 41.69583°N 77.8925°W / 41.69583; -77.8925Coordinates: 41°41′45″N 77°53′33″W / 41.69583°N 77.8925°W / 41.69583; -77.8925
 - elevation 2,480 ft (755.9 m) [1]
Area 10 acres (4 ha)
Founded 1925
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nearest city Coudersport, Pennsylvania
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Location of Patterson State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Patterson State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Patterson State Park

Patterson State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 10 acres (4.0 ha) in Summit Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is on Pennsylvania Route 44 near Sweden Valley. The park has two rustic roadside pavilions.[2]



The Pennsylvania Department of Forestry created "Patterson Picnic Area" from 1922 to 1925. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps built two pavilions in the current picnic area from 1935 to 1941. Patterson State Park officially became part of the Pennsylvania State Parks system in 1950. The name is thought to come from people who lived in the area named Patterson, but there are no records of anyone named Patterson owning the land that is now part of the state park.[2] In 2000 the park became part of the Hills Creek State Park complex, an administrative grouping of eight state parks in Potter and Tioga counties.[3]


Patterson State Park is surrounded by Susquehannock State Forest. Visitors use the park as a trail head for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and snowmobiling. The Susquehannock Trail System, an 85-mile (137 km) loop almost entirely on state forest land, passes through the park. A mountain bike trail begins at Denton Hill State Park and runs 15 miles (24 km) as it passes through Patterson State Park on its way to Cherry Springs State Park. Overnight camping in tents is permitted at the park.[2]

Nearby state parks

The smaller of the two picnic pavilions in the park

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


  1. ^ a b "Patterson State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 30, 1990. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  
  2. ^ a b c "Patterson State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-01.  
  3. ^ "Manager named at Hills Creek Lake". Wellsboro Gazette: p. 6. 2000-02-02. Retrieved 2009-04-09.   Note: the eight parks in the Hills Creek State Park Complex are Cherry Springs, Colton Point, Denton Hill, Hills Creek, Leonard Harrison, Lyman Run, Patterson, and Prouty Place.
  4. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. "2007 General Highway Map Potter County Pennsylvania" [map], 1:65,000. Retrieved on 2007-07-27. Note: shows Patterson State Park

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