Parker Dam State Park popular recreation campground in west-central Pennsylvania


Jimmy Smith Parker Dam SP PA. By Julianne Crane

We have a sliver of Internet connection, about 1/2 bar on our Verizon Wireless. No Internet connection for a couple of days as we’ve been knocking about the Allegheny National Forest.  Write about that more tomorrow if the connection holds.

Camped at Pennsylvania Parker Dam State Park, just a few miles north of I-80. Great facility, many recreational choices. Jimmy and I bicycled paved road, dirt road and rocky trail.

All the campers are talking about seeing a couple dozen elk nearby.

The camping area is on the eastern edge of the small “lake and has completely shaded sites to open grassy sites. It is open from the second Friday in April through mid-December.” There are restrooms with showers, electric hookups at many campsites. RV sanitary dump station.

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1 Comment

  • The article on Parker Dam was a pleasant surprise. My father was in the CCC camp that built Parker Dam. He’s now 89. The “CCC Boys” are going fast. I think he’ll like the idea that Parker Dam got this recognition.

    Several other State Parks in the area owe their start to the Civilian Conservation Corp, but Black, Moshannon State Park near Philipsburg, PA comes to mind. That park is located on state Rt.504 and has a wonderful hilltop campground, blue ribbon trout fishing, and great deer hunting.

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