COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021: Effective Sunday December 6, 2020
All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.
This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.
Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered. Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.
Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:
Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors
The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.
If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.
This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order. The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.
If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks. For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit. If you have questions please contact the park office.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) which is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk, has been confirmed in portions of Pennsylvania.
Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.
More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, including information about the disease, a map of the DMAs, and deer processors and disposal sites.
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.
Little Buffalo State Park
Certain places just attract people. The cool, clear water of Little Buffalo Creek has been attracting people for centuries.
American Indians frequented Little Buffalo Creek on hunting trips. Farmers and merchants used to gossip and pass news while the grain was ground at Shoaff’s Mill. Nearby, merchants, local people, and travelers met at Blue Ball Tavern.
Today, thousands of people meet at Little Buffalo State Park to picnic, swim, fish, hike, and experience nature and history.
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 pool, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
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.
From PA 322, take the Newport Exit and follow PA 34 south through the town of Newport. One mile from town, turn right onto Little Buffalo Road to the park. From PA 322 to the park entrance is 4.6 miles.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.4585 Long. -77.1682
Located in the campground, the rentable Recreation Hall seats 200 people for wedding receptions, family gatherings, and meetings. Contact the park office for reservations and additional information.
Old Fashioned Apple Festival: Held the third weekend of October, this festival will take your taste buds back to the mid-19th century.
You can see and taste apple butter cooked in a large copper kettle in front of Shoaff’s Mill. Apples are ground and squeezed in a century-old water powered press. Shoaff’s Mill grinds cornmeal, cracked corn, and apples. Visitors may taste samples of apple cider, apple butter, and cornmeal recipes as long as supplies last.
Walk: This family-oriented activity has become a popular holiday event in the county. Thousands of lights and holiday cutouts dot East Picnic Area and provide the perfect holiday atmosphere.
Santa makes an appearance. Local 4-H Clubs sell cookies and hot chocolate. Area choirs sing carols many of the nights.
The program is on the third weekend in December.
For all upcoming events, details can be found on the Calendar of Events.
Learn, Experience, Connect
Little Buffalo State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs.
Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and campfire programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
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 year round. Many programs feature Shoaff’s Mill. More than 12,000 people visit the mill annually. Contact the park office for more detailed information on programs.
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
An ADA accessible fishing pier is at the main boat launch. There is a paved trail from the swimming pool to the boat rental. Blue Ball Trail is paved and ADA accessible in East Picnic Area.
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 or at the park office.
UPMC Pinnacle West Shore
1995 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050