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Nearby Attractions to Whipple Dam State Park

Information about Whipple Dam State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and the Alleghenies.

Explore the Area

Much of the population in surrounding communities like Belleville are Amish or Mennonite. Larger towns of Lewistown, located 30 miles southeast of the park, and State College, located 12 miles north of the park, offer a variety of shops and places to eat. State College is also home to Penn State University.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Juniata Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Whipple Dam State Park is close to several state parks and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Rothrock State Forest

The 96,975-acre Rothrock State Forest is named for Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, a native of Mifflin County and the commonwealth’s first forestry commissioner. He is recognized as the “Father of Forestry” in Pennsylvania. Rothrock State Forest is spread across the rugged ridges of Huntingdon, Centre, and Mifflin counties.

Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Penn-Roosevelt State Park

The 41-acre Penn-Roosevelt State Park is in an isolated area of the Seven Mountains region known as the Stone Creek Kettle. While this Centre County park is small in size, it is surrounded by an 80,000-acre block of Rothrock State Forest. Penn-Roosevelt is a good base for those seeking low-density recreation on this vast expanse of public land.

Greenwood Furnace State Park

The 423-acre Greenwood Furnace State Park is on the western edge of the Seven Mountains in northeastern Huntingdon County, an area of rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and peaceful solitude.

The park includes a six-acre lake, campground, hiking trails, and a historic district. The park provides access to backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing in the surrounding 90,000-acre Rothrock State Forest.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

The Alan Seeger Natural Area and Detwieler Run Natural Area are nearby, and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center is less than 5 miles to the west.

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly 2 million acres of public lands give both wildlife and humans room to roam. Unsurpassed beauty, natural treasures, rich history, and outdoor adventure can be found here.