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Sailboats offer free rides on Lake Arthur during the Moraine State Park Regatta in Muddy Creek Township in August. Cranberry Eagle File Photo
McConnells Mill State Park

Address: 2697 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, Pa. 16051; or when using GPS: 1761 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville

Telephone: 724-368-8811

Manager: Dustin Drew

Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round

Website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/mcconnellsmill

Founded: 1957

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.

The historic gristmill at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, in the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, was built in 1868. Cranberry Eagle File Photo
Jennings Environmental Education Center

Address: 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057

Telephone: 724-794-6011

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

Website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/jennings

Email: jenningssp@pa.gov

Founded: 1980

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.

Flowers including the blazing star populate the prairie at Jennings Jennings Environmental Education Center in Brady Township in July. Cranberry Eagle File Photo
Moraine State Park

Address: 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, Pa. 16051

Telephone: 724-368-8811

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

Website: www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/MoraineStatePark

Email: morainesp@pa.gov

Founded: 1970

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.

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