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SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

Big Spring State Park

Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Park is a quaint picnic and hiking spot maintained by Tuscarora State Forest.

A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic information at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking.

The park takes its name from nearby Big Spring, whose waters form the scenic Shermans Creek.

A Pennsylvania map that shows the location of Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area


The 45-acre Big Spring State Park is 5.5 miles southwest of New Germantown, Perry County, along PA 274.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.26207  Long. -77.6615

A circular map that shows the roads surrounding Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area

In an Emergency

Call 911.

Nearest Hospital

UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
361 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

​Explore Big Spring State Park

Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area