Shawnee State Park is 3,983 acres of Pennsylvania’s scenic Ridge and Valley Province. Ten miles west of the historic town of Bedford along US 30, Shawnee has modern recreational facilities that blend into the natural environment. A focal point of the park is the 451-acre Shawnee Lake.
Picnic tables, charcoal grills, water fountains and restrooms are scattered around the park. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Bowman Picnic Pavilion # 3 is ADA accessible.
The sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. Vending machines are available. The beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules.
Boating: electric motors only
The 451-acre Shawnee Lake has three boat launch areas and 183 dry boat mooring spaces. The Clearfields boat dock and launch ramp are ADA accessible. The boat concession rents paddleboats, canoes and rowboats during the summer.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The 451-acre Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm-water game fish. Common game species are smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, catfish, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, sunfish, sucker, bullhead and carp. An ADA accessible fishing pier is by the Diehl Parking Lot. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.
Hiking: 16 miles of trails
Colvin 0.4-mile -- Felton 2 miles -- Field 2 miles -- Forbes 3.8 miles -- Lake Shore 3.4 miles -- Lost Antler 0.8-mile -- Pigeon Hills 1.7-mile -- Shawnee 1.5-mile -- Tiday 0.9-mile
Biking: 7.5 miles of trails
The 3.4-mile Lakeshore Trail is easy biking and includes a small section of shared road. All other designated bicycling trails are moderate difficulty.
General Forbes’s Challenge is in the Clearfields Day Use Area. The 9-hole, par-3 course has some nice distance holes and an up-and-over-the-hill challenge.
Stay the Night
Camping: modern sites, some with electric
The 293 sites have picnic tables and fire rings, and accommodate either tents or trailers. 98 sites have electric hookups. Three campsites are ADA accessible.
There is a sanitary dump station and centrally located washhouses with flush toilets, showe rs and laundry tubs. A camp store sells wood, charcoal and other camping supplies and is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. The camping season begins the second Friday in April and ends in mid-December. Pets are permitted on designated campsites.
Free Camping for Campground Hosts: two host positions in the modern campground
The campground host site has amenities including 50-amp electric service. Water is available at one site. The host is required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week, 5 days a week. A long-term stay is preferred. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.
The three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.
The two Mongolian-style tents are round, on a wooden deck and sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring and picnic table.
This two-story house overlooks Shawnee Lake. It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms with two double beds and four single beds. The lodge has air conditioning and a modern kitchen. A fire ring and picnic table are in the yard. Renters should bring their own linens, towels and dishes.
Organized Group Tenting:
On the secluded Kegg Run finger of the lake, the organized group tenting area offers campers easy access to fishing, and canoe and kayak launching. Four campsites each have a capacity of 20 campers or a total capacity of 80. The camp has composting toilets. Each site has picnic tables and a fire ring. Organized youth and adult groups can rent the area April through December. Advance reservations are required.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing:
Most trails are suitable for novice and experienced skiers and snowshoers. Lake Shore is the most popular trail.
A large area of hillsides near Clearfields Picnic Area #2 is great for sledding.
Registered snowmobiles are permitted on an 11-mile trail network in the eastern side of the park.
Common species caught through the ice are yellow perch, northern pike, walleye and pickerel. The ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
An area at Colvin Boat Launch is quite popular during the winter months.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park environmental interpretor conducts a summer program of nature walks and evening programs that focus on the natural and historical resources of the park and surrounding landscape.
Shawnee State Park is named for American Indians who lived for a short time in the vicinity of the park during their westward migration from the Potomac to the Ohio Country in the early 1700s.
General Forbes camped his army within the boundaries of the park while building the Forbes Road in the campaign of 1758 against the French at Fort Duquesne, Pittsburgh. One can still walk remnants of the Forbes Trail within the park.
The white barn, buildings and houses now surrounded by a lake of water were once surrounded by a sea of grass. These buildings belonged to John Bowman’s “Water Brooks Farm.” John Bowman was president and chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and was the driving force behind the building of the Cathedral of Learning.
132 State Park Road, Schellsburg, PA 15559-7300