At the heart of Moshannon State Forest, you’ll find the 318-acre Simon B. Elliott State Park. This entirely wooded park offers picturesque areas of swamp meadows and a forest of second-growth mixed hardwood and oak timber. Just a stone’s throw from Interstate 80, the quaint park is a great resting area for travelers – or a fun day trip for locals.
Things to do
S.B. Elliott State Park offers three miles of trails for hikers to enjoy. These trails take users to various places along the mountaintop. Backpackers can access the Quehanna Trail, which offers 75 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, via the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company Trail. The trail also connects to the Susquehannock Trail System north of Sinnemahoning.
Enjoy a lunch or dinner meal among the towering pine and oak trees at S.B. Elliott State Park. The whole family can have fun enjoying good eats and the outdoors. Ample parking is available, and the park offers plenty of tables, picnic pavilions available for reservation, drinking water and restrooms.
Fish & Game
S.B. Elliott State Park offers small mountain streams for those fishing for native trout -- as well as about 234 acres open to hunting and trapping. Common game species include deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit and squirrel. DCNR and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.
Skiers can enjoy more than four miles of easy to moderate ungroomed roads and trails at S.B. Elliott State Park. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting. The main parking lot is plowed to allow registered snowmobiles to unload and operate on the roads and trails in the Moshannon State Forest. A map of the roads and trails open to snowmobiling is available at the Parker Dam State Park office.
Stay the night
Park adventurers are welcome to spend the night. The 25-site camping area offers modern restrooms (no showers) and a sanitary dump station. The campground is open from the Friday before Memorial Day during late October. Six rustic cabins (of Civilian Conservation Corps origin) are available for rent also and include gas stoves, refrigerators, gas heaters, and electric lights. The cabins are open from the second Friday in April to mid December.