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Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park is an 18.5-acre park nestled in a gap of Tuscarora Mountain in Franklin County. The park and the surrounding forested mountains offer an abundance of beauty throughout the year.

In addition to the president’s memorial, there are:

  • Two picnic pavilions
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking water

Buck Run flows through the park and hosts a population of native trout. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws on approved trout waters apply to Buck Run.

Seasons and Hours

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

Contact the Cowans Gap State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 


The park is between McConnellsburg and Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, near the village of Cove Gap along PA 16.

From U.S. 30 at Fort Loudon, take PA 75 south and follow signs to Cove Gap and the park.

GPS DD: Lat. 39.86813 Long. -77.95282

This circular map shows the roads near the park. 

Learn, Experience, Connect

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park offers environmental education and recreation programs from April through October.

Through guided walks and hands-on activities, visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources.

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 a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospital

Fulton County Medical Center
214 Peach Orchard Road
McConnellsburg, PA 17233

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Buchanan's Birthplace State Park