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 travelling to and from the quarantine zone.
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
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.
Cowans Gap State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
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
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
Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park offers environmental education and interpretive 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.
Fulton County Medical Center
214 Peach Orchard Road
McConnellsburg, PA 17233