Interested in becoming an angler but don’t have a license or gear? Two days out of the year, Memorial Day and July 4th (Independence Day), anyone can fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. Pine Grove Furnace State Park offers free loaner equipment at the office. Fishing rods and tackle are available to sign out for the day with a valid driver’s license.
Nestled in Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park’s 696 acres offer wildlife and nature enthusiasts a variety of activities. Explore the self-guided historical trail, which investigates the old structures of the Pine Grove Iron Furnace, or hike to the quartzite outcrop at the Pole Steeple Overlook. Take a stroll along the notable midway point of the Appalachian Trail, and visit the Appalachian Trail Museum – the first museum in the country to be dedicated to hiking. Cool off at the lakeside beaches at Laurel Lake (25 acres) and Fuller Lake (1.7) and wander along the easy trail, Mountain Creek Trail that connects them. There is so much to do you’ll want to make it a weekend or a week and stay overnight. The park day use areas are free and open to the public, dawn to dusk all year.
Dates: May 26, 2014 & July 4, 2014
Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324