For the 2019 Spring and early Summer reservations, the park will be undergoing a scheduled improvement to the parks roadway system. Sites 1-88 will be temporarily closed during that time. Sites may open for reservations once park receives more accurate dates of work.
Locust Lake State Park
Known for its popular camping area, Locust Lake State Park nestles on the side of Locust Mountain. The 52-acre Locust Lake is located between two campgrounds and is surrounded by beautiful forests. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the 1,772-acre park.
Tuscarora State Park is nearby.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the Tuscarora State 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.
From I-81 northbound, take Exit 131B, cross under the I-81 overpass and make an immediate left turn toward New Boston. Travel 1.1 miles to a left turn; follow signs. (Left turn is also signed.)
From I-81 southbound, take Exit 131A, left turn then travel 1.0 miles to a left turn; follow signs. (Left turn is also signed.)
GPS Directions: Locust Lake State Park, 220 Locust Lake Road, Barnesville, PA 18214
GPS DD: Lat. 40.78499 Long. -76.11921
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.
Parking is limited throughout Locust Lake State Park. A few, ADA-only parking spots are located adjacent to the swimming area, camp store, and boat launch area. Dropping off passengers at the beach is prohibited to maintain a safe camping experience and limit unnecessary vehicles.
All day-use visitors must park in the day use visitor parking area located at the entrance to the park. Visitors should be prepared to walk up to one-half mile with their belongings to access facilities.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer a wide variety of environmental education, recreational, and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Curriculum-based environmental education (EE) programs are available to schools and youth groups. An environmental education specialist is available to develop EE curriculums and provide teacher workshops and additional teacher and community services. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered March to November. For more detailed information, contact the park office.
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.
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkil E. Norwegian Street
700 East Norwegian Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schyulkil S. Jackson Street
420 South Jackson Street
Pottsville, PA 17901