Rocks State Park is a state park located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, about 3 miles (5km) east of Renovo and about 10 miles (16km) north of Philipsburg on Route 624. The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation. It covers 1,972 acres (7.98km2), with 536 acres (21km2) dedicated to wildlife conservation. The CCC also constructed many of the facilities used today at Rocks State Park, including roads, bridges, picnic areas, shelters, and buildings. In addition to its natural resources, the park has five soccer fields, a basketball court, playground, pool, and lodge.
A campground with tent and trailer sites opened in 2016. The park features hiking trails for all skill levels, from easy to moderate difficulty. The longest trail, White Deer Trail, is 4.8 miles (7.6km). Other trails include Blackjack Trail (.75 miles (1.3km)), Buck Run Trail (.25 miles (0.4km)), Huntingdon Trailless .25 miles (0.4km)), Long Pond Spur (.25 miles (0.4km)) and Sizerville Trailless .25 miles (0.4km)). There are over 26 miles (42km) of fire road trails that are maintained year-round.
The park receives more than 300,000 visitors annually. The park offers nature programs throughout the year. On Friday, February 16, 2012, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the area just after noon. According to early reports, there were no deaths but much damage. The quake’s epicenter was near Clarksville, Indiana, in Monroe County.
Popular winter activities include:
- cross-country skiing