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Weddings in State Parks 

Wedding ceremonies are important milestones in one’s life and Pennsylvania state parks can provide incredible backdrops for one-of-a-kind scenic services. Ceremonies are typically permitted in state parks but do require pre-approval from the park office. Pennsylvania state parks offer a wide range of facilities and services from pavilion rentals at almost any park to full wedding facilities including food services at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in Cumberland County.

For all your wedding ceremony inquiries and questions, please contact the state park office where you are interested in having the ceremony. All weddings require pre-approval. If your wedding includes the use of a commercial photographer or catering company, please be certain to discuss these details with the park office.

Fees

If your wedding service is approved, most parks will charge a small administrative fee for processing the necessary paperwork. Additional fees apply for the rental of pavilions or other rental facilities such as, but not limited to, classroom buildings, chapels, the recreation hall at Little Buffalo State Park, the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, and the mansion facilities at both Ridley Creek State Park and Kings Gap Environmental Education Center.

Wedding Toss/Throwing Rice

Wedding toss is the process by which something (rice, birdseed, etc.) is lightly tossed at a newly married couple. This practice, intended to give newlyweds good luck, is a very old tradition that is believed to date back to ancient Rome or Egypt. In an effort to protect the resource and wildlife and provide visitor safety, the wedding party and guests will be asked to refrain from throwing any wedding toss or from releasing any type of wildlife (i.e. white doves, butterflies, etc.).

Alternatively, the wedding party and guests will be permitted to blow bubbles or use low volume noise makers (such as kazoos or groggers) with prior written permission from the park.

Where to Hold a Wedding Ceremony in State Parks

Select a region from the map or from the links below, or zoom in on the map for links to the parks.

North  -  South  -  East  -  West

North

Bald Eagle State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle can accommodate weddings of up to 150 guests. The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is a full-service facility that can provide catering, overnight rooms, lakeview ceremony sites, etc. For more information, contact the inn at 814-625-2879.

Chapman State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The amphitheater accommodates 130 people, and Pavilion #4 accommodates 150 people.

Leonard Harrison State Park

The main overlook at the park accommodates 100 people. Time limits and seasonal peak time closures apply.

South

Canoe Creek State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The historic limestone kilns, Pavilion #3 and other lake side sites are popular for weddings. The park amphitheater is also available for rental and seats approximately 60 people. Pavilion #3 and the adjacent fishing pier and restrooms are ADA accessible.

Codorus State Park

The Band Shell and Classroom Building each accommodate 70 people.

Colonel Denning State Park

The spillway gazebo provides a scenic venue to hold an outdoor wedding. The lawn area can accommodate 100+ guests. Gazebo must be rented.

Greenwood Furnace State Park

The historic church can be rented.

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

​Full-service weddings are available indoors and outside. The mansion is scenic and has guest rooms for over night stays.

Little Buffalo State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The recreation hall accommodates 200 people and includes a kitchen.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

The historic Ironmasters Mansion and grounds are available for weddings. Pavilion rentals are also available for wedding use.

Prince Gallitzin State Park

Mud Lick Gazebo provides a beautiful overlook of the Mud Lick Cove of Glendale Lake while offering a scenic backdrop of the western portion of the park. This area accommodates approximately 50 people. The gazebo is available for scheduling in advance by contacting the park office.

Samuel S. Lewis State Park

The Mt. Pisgah overlook offers a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River. Adjacent to the overlook is the Hilltop Pavilion, capable of accommodating 100 people. Pavilion rental is strongly recommended.

Susquehannock State Park

​The Hawk Point overlook provides a spectacular backdrop for weddings. The adjacent Hawk Point Pavilion is available for rental and accommodates 72 people.

Trough Creek State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

Pavilion/Area #1, directly adjacent to Great Trough Creek, is very popular for weddings and reservations include ample parking. The facilities at Area #1 are ADA accessible.

East

French Creek State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The amphitheater accommodates 100 people.

Hickory Run State Park

The historic chapel accommodates 50 people. The nearest restroom is a portapotty across the street at the park office.

Neshaminy State Park

The grassy field along the Delaware River (adjacent to Delaware Drive and Parking Lot #3) accommodates 100+ people.

Ridley Creek State Park

The historic mansion and grounds are available for weddings.

Tyler State Park

Picnic groves and pavilion accommodate 60-150 people.

Worlds End State Park

Canyon Vista and the Chapel accommodate 30 people. Parking is limited.

West

Cook Forest State Park

Fire Tower # 9 and the Seneca Point Overlook both accommodate 100 people.

Keystone State Park

The amphitheater accommodates 50-70 people.

McConnells Mill State Park

The Old Mill courtyard, Cleland Rock Vista, Rim Road, Pavilion, and Hells Hollow are all used for weddings.

Moraine State Park

Overlooks and beaches are all used for weddings.

Ohiopyle State Park

The gravel overlook of Ohiopyle Falls and the Tharp Knob Overlook accommodate 100 people.

Point State Park

Check the Point Special Event Guidelines for specific locations. Receptions are prohibited. Other restrictions apply.

Presque Isle State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The Perry Monument, Rotary Pavilion, Beach 7 ADA deck, pavilions and beaches all accommodate 100 people.

Pymatuning State Park

The Gatehouse lawn accommodates 100 people. Receptions are prohibited at the Gatehouse, but are permitted at nearby picnic pavilions.

Raccoon Creek State Park

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

The Recreation Hall accommodates 100 people.

Ryerson Station State Park

McNay Ridge Organized Group Camp, Outdoor Chapel, and the amphitheater all accommodate 100 people.

Yellow Creek State Park

The Stake Church, amphitheater, North Shore Area, and beach accommodate 100-200 people.