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Road Work:

PennDOT will be performing a bridge replacement project on PA-233 near the intersection of Pine Rd beginning June 14th. Vehicles traveling to Pine Grove Furnace State Park via I-81 should use the following routes to access the park. Detours will likely be in place into August:

Vehicles traveling South on I-81 take exit 47A to PA-34 South. Drive 6 miles and take slight right to continue on 34 South. After 2 miles make a right onto Green Mountain Rd. At the stop sign make a right onto Pine Grove Road. Continue 6 miles to park office on the left.

Vehicles traveling North on I-81 take exit 20. Make a right onto Olde Scotland Rd and a left onto PA-997. Continue on PA-997 for 5 miles and turn left onto US-30 E. After 2 miles turn left onto PA-233 N. continue for 13 miles park office will be on the right.

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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.

CELL PHONE COVERAGE is spotty at best and non-existent in most areas of the park and surrounding state forest.  Please plan accordingly and do not rely on cell phone usage. 

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area known as South Mountain. Visitors enjoy many recreational opportunities, including:

  • Two mountain lakes (Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake)
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • Biking the rail trail
  • Visiting the Appalachian Trail Museum
  • Imagining when the park was a charcoal-fired iron furnace community

The park is surrounded by Michaux State Forest, which provides opportunities for exploring extensive public lands around South Mountain.

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. Beaches, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the 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 map that shows where Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in Pennsylvania. 


The park is easily reached from I-81. Visitors should take Exit 37 to PA 233 south then travel for eight miles.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.03295  Long. -77.30467

A circular map that shows the roads near Pine Grove Furnace State Park 

Top 10 Activities to Do at Pine Grove Furnace State Park

  1. Double the fun! Swim in two lakes, build sand castles at two beaches, and picnic in two different picnic areas (lunch and dinner?) -- all separated by a short bike ride.
  2. Set foot on the famous Appalachian Trail. The park is the halfway point for this 2,186-mile National Scenic Trail.
  3. Enjoy one of the many education programs offered by the park, like, “Orienteering for Beginners.”
  4. Walk back in time on the Historical Walking Tour of historic buildings. Explore an iron furnace from one of the most productive iron communities of the 19th Century.
  5. Relax in the modern campground with upgraded facilities.
  6. See hundreds of jack-o-lanterns float on Fuller Lake during the Fall Furnace Festival.
  7. Visit the first hiking museum in the U.S., the Appalachian Trail Museum.
  8. See the park from above! Hike up to Pole Steeple Vista and view the eastern part of the park and surrounding Michaux State Forest from the overlook.
  9. Tour of the Ironmaster’s Mansion. Once the home of the iron operations ironmaster, some famous Americans slept here too!
  10. Enjoy year-round trout fishing in the stocked Mountain Creek and Laurel Lake.

ATV Riding

Just south of the park in Michaux State Forest is a trailhead that provides parking for vehicles and trailers, and access to many miles of trails on state forest lands. Maps of the trails are available at the park office.

Special Events

Fall Furnace Festival

This weekend-long event is held during October. Historical demonstrations, park programming, entertainment, hayrides, and food and craft vendors provide a great family-oriented event.

The highlight of the weekend is the telling of the, “Legend of the Hairy Hand,” which includes a float of hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns on Fuller Lake.

Appalachian Trail Museum Festival

Held every June, this weekend-long event features a banquet, hikes, guest speakers, music, and children’s programs.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Spring through fall, Pine Grove Furnace State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward the natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools, youth organizations, and homeschool associations. Group programs must be scheduled in advance by calling the park office.

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. The ADA accessible park visitor center in the park office has exhibits on the historic charcoal iron furnace community, which flourished for more than 130 years.

The park office and visitor center is open year round. April through October, the visitor center is open daily. The center is open Monday through Friday during the rest of the year.

Appalachian Trail Museum

The Appalachian Trail Museum sits near the midpoint of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail (AT), a National Scenic Trail that goes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. Museum exhibits and programs pay tribute to the pioneer trail-builders and hikers and their commitment to fitness and conservation, including:

  • Earl Shaffer
  • Grandma Gatewood
  • Gene Espy
  • Ed Garvey

The museum welcomes newcomers to the AT, as well as veteran hikers, and frequently offers an opportunity to meet current thru-hikers.

The Children’s Discovery Area provides fun, hands-on learning experiences.

The museum is in the Old Mill Building at 1120 Pine Grove Road (along PA 233) between the Pine Grove Furnace State Park office and the Pine Grove General Store.

The museum is open seasonally. Check the website for hours of operation. Admission is free of charge, although donations are welcomed.

Parking for the museum is adjacent to the Furnace Stack Picnic Pavilion.

Ironmaster’s Mansion

Located at 1212 Pine Grove Road, (along PA 233), this renovated, historic, brick mansion is operated by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy.

In addition to serving as a hostel and providing dormitory-style lodging, the mansion is an educational facility with meeting rooms, and a venue for wedding receptions, family reunions, and special events.

The mansion was built in 1829 by the ironmaster Peter Ege and has an impressive history of guests and owners, including senators, federal department leaders, a millionaire, and a university founder.

The Ironmaster’s Mansion is open April to December. To book an overnight stay, wedding, meeting or special event, please contact the mansion at 717-486-4108.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the parking area off Bendersville Road near the Furnace Stack Day Use Area.

Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.

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 and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
361 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

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