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Soccer Fields and PA 642 Bridge in Milton State Park

Soccer Fields and PA 642 Bridge in Milton State Park. Photo: User:Ruhrfisch, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Milton State Park is a charming scenic outdoor recreation area situated within Northumberland County in Pennsylvania.

Nestled along the banks of the Susquehanna River, the 82-acre PA state park showcases stunning views of the water and surrounding forests. The park is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with a variety of activities available throughout the year.

Several hiking trails wind through its landscape, enabling visitors to explore the forest and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The park also features a boat launch, which gives access to the river for boating, kayaking and fishing.

In addition to outdoor recreation, Milton State Park is a great place for picnicking, with several picnic areas available for use. The park’s scenic vistas also make it a popular spot for photography and birdwatching, with a variety of bird species inhabiting the area.

Unfortunately there is no camping at Milton State Park, however there are several campgrounds in the surrounding area you can stay at. The park is also conveniently located near several nearby attractions, including the historic town of Milton and the Susquehanna Valley Mall – which make for pleasant side trips.

Activities

Guests at the park are able to immerse themselves within some of Pennsylvania’s most spectacular scenery in a variety of ways.

Outlined in the sections below is an overview of some of the more popular activities you can do whilst you are there.

Boating at Memorial Lake State Park

For those into boating, the park offers lots of opportunities to partake in this activity along the West Branch Susquehanna River.

Visitors can launch their boats at the park’s boat ramp and explore the river. Canoeing and kayaking are popular options as well, and there are several outfitters nearby that offer rentals.

Boaters can take advantage of the river’s calm waters for a relaxing day on the water or try their hand at water skiing or tubing.

While on the water, visitors must adhere to all Pennsylvania boating laws and regulations, including having the appropriate safety equipment on board.

Fishing at Milton State Park

Fishing is a terrific way to relax and unwind while enjoying the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River.

The park offers easy access to the river, which is known for its diverse fish population, including smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and walleye.

Anglers can fish from the river bank or launch their vessel from the park’s boat launch. The park’s calm waters and scenic surroundings make it a popular spot for both recreational and competitive fishing.

Visitors can also take advantage of the park’s fish cleaning station, located near the boat launch. This convenient amenity allows anglers to clean their catch on site, making it easier to transport and prepare their fish for cooking.

Hiking at Milton State Park

Milton State Park has several hiking trails that are perfect for visitors of all skill levels.

The park’s trails wind through beautiful forests, around the lake, and up hills, offering hikers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Its most popular hiking trail is the Lake Chillisquaque Trail, a 1.6-mile loop that takes visitors around the scenic lake. This trail is easy to navigate and is perfect for families with young children.

For those looking for more of a challenge, the White Deer Trail is a 3.5-mile trail that takes hikers through forests and up hills, offering breathtaking views of the area. This trail is recommended for experienced hikers, as it includes steep climbs and challenging terrain.

No matter which one you choose, visitors are sure to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery that Milton State Park has to offer. Just be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes and to bring plenty of water and sunscreen with you.

Picnicking at Milton State Park

Picnicking is a popular activity at Milton State Park and there are several spots where you can enjoy an al fresco meal.

Dotted around the park are a few picnic areas with tables and grills that are perfect for a family lunch or a small gathering.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food. However, they are requested to dispose of their trash responsibly. They are also not permitted to drink alcohol.

Pets

Pets are welcome at Milton State Park, however owners must abide by strict conditions if they intend to bring them along.

This includes all dogs being kept on a leash and well behaved for the entirety of their stay. It also involves them not being taken to certain areas of the park and being up-to-date with their vaccinations.

To find out more about its pet policy and how it may affect your visit you should contact the park’s main office.

Camping

While there are no camping options available at the park there are several within the surrounding area you may want to stay at.

One notable option is the Koa Campground, which is located less than 10 miles from the park. It offers both tent and RV sites, as well as cabins for those who prefer a more comfortable lodging experience. The campground also features amenities such as a pool, playground, and game room.

Another good choice about 20 miles north of Milton State Park is the R.B. Winter State Park campground. It has several campsites available, including some with electric hookups. Visitors can also enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and boating, as well as access to a beach and swimming area.

A third possibility is the Susquehanna River Valley KOA Holiday. Situated about 30 minutes west of the park, its campground offers RV and tent sites, as well as cabins and deluxe cabins.

If you choose to stay here, you can enjoy amenities such as a pool, playground, and dog park, and also get access to nearby attractions such as the Susquehanna River and Penn’s Cave.

Park Location

Milton State Park
205 PA-642
Milton, PA 17847
Phone: 205 PA-642

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Milton State Park: