Address: 2697 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, Pa. 16051; or when using GPS: 1761 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville
Manager: Dustin Drew
Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round
McConnells Mill State Park has 2,546 acres in Perry and Slippery Rock townships in Lawrence County.
Services, activities and attractions: Picnic areas, fishing, hunting, climbing and repelling, hiking, whitewater boating. The gristmill is normally open Memorial Day through late September. Limited hours are available; see the park’s Facebook page.
Address: 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and summer weekends
Park hours: Picnicking and trails open sunrise to sunset year-round
Manager: Wil Taylor
Jennings Environmental Education Center is a 300-acre park in Brady Township.
Services, activities and attractions: Picnic areas, restrooms, hiking trails, interpretive exhibits and Foltz School, which was built in 1880 and closed in 1963, one of the last one-room schools to close in the state.
Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The prairie, about 20 acres, is a rare ecosystem that is home to the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. The park also has about 250 acres of mixed hardwood forest, a floodplain meadow and an abandoned coal mine area, used for a water treatment program. The 5 miles of hiking trails includes the 0.22-mile Blazing Star Trail, named for the wildflower that turns the prairie purple in late July and early August.
Address: 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, Pa. 16051
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays year-round, and weekends during the summer
Park hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset year-round
Manager: Dustin Drew
Moraine State Park has 16,725 acres in Brady, Clay, Franklin, Muddy Creek and Worth townships.
Services, activities and attractions: Picnic areas, snack concessions, restrooms, swimming, fishing, boating with up to 20 hp motors permitted, hunting, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding trails, 18-hole disc golf course, cabins
Winter activities include cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating and ice boating.
Lake Arthur is a 3,225-acre warm-water fishery.
ADA accessible flush toilet restrooms are in the Pleasant Valley Picnic Area, Pleasant Valley Beach, Pleasant View Picnic Area, Bear Run Boat Launch, McDanel’s Boat Launch, Park Road Boat Launch, 528 Boat Launch, Lakeview Beach Area, and the Davis Hollow and Watts Bay marinas.