Poe Paddy State Park is located at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, a trout angler’s paradise featuring the nationally recognized green drake mayfly hatch in June. Hikers also walk Mid State Trail through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel. Poe Valley State Park is nearby.
Picnic tables and two pavilions with four picnic tables each are available for year-round use.
Excellent trout fishing is available in Penns Creek, which flows by the Poe Paddy campground. Fantastic fly hatches emerge from Penns Creek. The nationally known Green Drake Hatch usually occurs in late May or early June.
The Mid State Trail, with orange rectangular blazes, passes through Poe Paddy. You can hike through the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel on the Mid State Trail by following the trail upstream along Penns Creek, crossing a pedestrian bridge and then going to the tunnel.
The campground has rustic toilets and drinking water. Campers can use the sanitary dump station at nearby Poe Valley State Park. Two small Adirondack-style lean-tos and 38 tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April until early December. Access is not guaranteed in the winter months. Pets are permitted on designated sites.
The campground host site has amenities that include 30-amp electric service. The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a four-week minimum stay. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.
Qualified adult and youth groups can rent one group tenting area, which is open from the second Friday in April to mid-December, weather permitting. The group tenting area holds up to 20 people and has picnic tables, water and vault toilets.
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Marked gravel roads in the area are open for registered snowmobiles after deer season in December. Please remember roads also are used by motor vehicles. ATV’s are prohibited on state park or state forest roads.
Poe Paddy lies on the site of Poe Mills, a prosperous, but short-lived, lumbering town of the 1880s and 1890s. Poe Mills had a population of over three hundred in 1890.
Built in 1879, the main railroad ran very near Poe Mills and a spur track ran to the Poe Paddy area. Many small, temporary timber railroads were built through most of the mountain valleys. Poe Creek was dammed to provide water to the steam-powered sawmill. In the early 1900s, a scenic excursion train ran a loop from Milroy to Poe Paddy and back.
In the mid-1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps had a camp in the valley and built Poe Paddy and Poe Valley state parks and many of the roads in the area. The park’s unusual name comes from Poe Mountain to the west and Paddy Mountain to the east.
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