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Campground Construction: Construction will begin this summer to rehabilitate and replace sewage lines and the dump station, construction noise and delays may occur, Monday through Friday. Please avoid active construction areas. Please pardon this temporary inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.


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.

A Pennsylvania map that shows the location of Locust Lake State Park 


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

A circular map that shows the roads surrounding Locust Lake State Park 

Limited Parking

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.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer a wide variety of environmental education and recreation 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.

Nearest Hospital

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

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