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Salt Springs State Park

The 405-acre Salt Springs State Park is in northeastern Pennsylvania, seven miles north of Montrose in Susquehanna County. Focal points of the park are the towering old growth hemlock trees, many estimated to be more than 300 years old, and the rocky gorge cut by Fall Brook with its three waterfalls.

The Friends of Salt Springs Park, a volunteer support group, owns 300 acres adjacent to the park’s southern border, which is also open for public access.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

Contact the Lackawanna State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

  

Directions

From Montrose, follow PA 29 north for six miles to the town of Franklin Forks. Turn left onto Silver Creek Road and follow for one mile to the park entrance.

From New York, take NY 7 to PA 29. At Franklin Forks, turn right onto Silver Creek Road and follow for one mile to the park entrance.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.9119  Long. -75.86553

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

The Friends of Salt Springs Park offer a variety of environmental, historical, and interpretive programs year round. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, interactive workshops, and programs, participants gain an appreciation and understanding of park natural and historic resources.

A listing of programs is available from the Friends of Salt Springs State Park.

Environmental education programs and historical programs can, upon request, be designed to fit individual group needs. Programs can be arranged in advance by calling the Friends’ of Salt Springs State Park office.

Earth Ecology and the Environment (E3), a comprehensive, fourth grade environmental learning program, helps public school teachers meet the majority of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Environment and Ecology.

Through a combination of classroom programs and outdoor experiences at the park, students learn about:

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental problem solving
  • Basic principles of ecology

The friends group also conducts teacher workshops and summer camp programs on a periodic basis.

Wheaton House

The renovated Wheaton family homestead houses the Friends’ offices, gift shop, and historical and environmental interpretive information. Displays feature nineteenth-century rural life and regional wildlife. The Wheaton House is open on weekends from May through September.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact an employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospital

Endless Mountains Health Systems
100 Hospital Drive
Montrose, PA 18801
570-278-3801

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