Cowans Gap State Park
Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre park in the beautiful Allens Valley of Fulton County.
A 42-acre lake, large campground, rustic cabins, and many hiking trails are prime attractions.
Buchanan State Forest surrounds the park, providing additional options for recreation and natural beauty in all seasons.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.
The park is north of US 30 between Chambersburg and McConnellsburg.
From the west: I-76 to Exit 180, Fort Littleton, then US 522 north to Burnt Cabins and follow signs to the park.
From the east: I-76 to Exit 189, Willow Hill, then PA 75 south to Richmond Furnace and follow signs to the park.
From the south: US 30 to PA 75 north at Fort Loudon to Richmond Furnace and follow signs to the park.
GPS DD: Lat. 39.99478 Long. -77.9249
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.
Food and Refreshment Concession
The concession in the day use area serves many snacks and hot foods. It also has ice, charcoal, and other camp supplies.
The concession is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources through:
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered April to November. Contact the park office for more detailed information.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. Park facilities available for use by people with disabilities include:
Restrooms in these areas are designated with the symbol for accessibility. A special vehicle permit is issued at the park office to give access to areas of the park not open to vehicles.
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 and at the park office.
Fulton County Medical Center
214 Peach Orchard Road
McConnelsburg, PA 17233