Nature June 25, 2017
The Pennsylvania Beach That’s Unlike Any Other In The World
Settled at the northern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pine Grove Furnace State Park sprawls across a cozy 696 acres. Within those acres, you’ll find spectacular natural and historical beauty: From cool mountain lakes to part of the Appalachian Trail. Perhaps those are just a few reasons this Pennsylvania beach is unlike any other in the world.
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Surrounded by the lush green of Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park provides the perfect beach getaway for those who want a quaint, tranquil experience.
Sink into the soft sand at Fuller Lake, a relatively small lake at less than two acres. The quaint lake only allows swimming, promising an intimate experience.
and boat at the larger 25-acre Laurel Lake, which offers boat rentals and a boat launch.
Bring your motorized boat to Laurel Lake or rent a kayak or a canoe for unique views of the state park.
Both Fuller Lake Beach and Laurel Lake Beach welcome guests from 8 a.m. to sunset through September 1. Lifeguards watch over Fuller Lake Beach, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Explore Pine Grove Furnace State Park after a leisurely few hours on the sunny beach. Hike or bike one of the picturesque trails, such as the .75 mile Pole Steeple Trail that will lead you to a bird's eye view of the entire park.
Stop by the natural playground where you can have a picnic lunch while the kids play in an oversized bird's nest and complete a natural obstacle course.
Mark some time to uncover the history behind Pine Grove Furnace State Park with visits to the Ironmaster's Mansion and the Appalachian Trail Museum.
The Appalachian Trail runs through Pine Grove Furnace State Park, only a few miles from the halfway point of the 2,186 trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine.
Watch the sky transform into shades of pink, purple, and blue as the sun begins to set behind the lake. Head home or spend an evening camping at the park.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324
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Pennsylvania boasts plenty of
swimming spots, including this Pennsylvania beach, to help you stay cool all summer long.