Tuscarora State Park687 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville
Size: 1,618 acres (Tuscarora Lake - 96 acres)
Geography and Features: Tuscarora State Park is comprised mostly of mature deciduous forest with some coniferous forest, fallow fields, marsh and stream habitat. There is a small lake that offers mostly warm water game fish. There are seven hiking trails that range in length from 0.3 miles to 1.4 miles. None of the trails involve difficult hiking. Concessions are open Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends during the fall. Rowboats and canoes can be rented at the lake. Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Check the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events. The park can be very busy during summer months, especially on weekends.
Key Species Through the Seasons:
Winter: Look for typical winter forest birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice and chickadees.
Spring: Migrating waterfowl can be found on Tuscarora Lake. In May, look for migrating thrushes, Scarlet Tanager and warblers.
Summer: A variety of warblers nest in the park. Also present are Wood Thrush and Scarlet Tanager.
Fall: Look for migrating songbirds in late August through early October and waterfowl later in the season.
Other Comments: About 1,100 acres are open to hunting. • Tuscarora Lake State Park is only 6 miles from Locust Lake State Park.
Directions: From Tamaqua at the Rt. 209/309 junction, travel north on Rt. 309 for 1 mile and turn left at the park sign onto SR 1018. Follow SR 1018 for 2.7 miles to the park entrance road on the left. Parking and restrooms are available.
Contact: PA Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources570-467-2404. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/tuscarora.aspx
Property Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor Center Hours:
Time of Day: All Day
Time of Year: All Year