Moraine State Park, Portersville

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State Park · Nature / Park
Moraine State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 16,725 acres (6,768 ha) in Brady, Clay, Franklin, Muddy Creek, and Worth townships in Butler County, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

The park's main feature is its man-made lake, Lake Arthur, formed by impounding Muddy Creek, which is 3,225 acres (1,305 ha) and is used for recreational purposes. The surrounding park is used for hiking, bicycling, group camping, picnicking, and hunting. Moraine State Park hosts the annual Regatta at Lake Arthur in August. The park was the location of the 1973 and 1977 National Scout Jamborees. Moraine State Park is at the intersection of Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 422 and shares a border with Jennings Environmental Education Center to the north.

Moraine State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".
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  • Excellent views and sledding hills. We visited after a fresh 6 inch snow and it was beautiful and peaceful. Earlier this year we visited in May and it was a gorgeous day to walk and enjoy the water....  more »
  • The North Country Trail is a fairly strenuous backpacking trail thru Moraine State Park over hilly terrain. From North Shore Drive to the link road shelters takes a few hours of hiking. The...  more »
  • Great State park in Western PA that's easy to get to right off 79 and 422. There is something for every nature lover. Great wilderness paths for hiking and mountain biking but also paved paths for jogging and biking if looking for a smooth ride to enjoy the views. There are picnic areas for family get togethers with beaches and small playgrounds. Plenty of boat launches if you have a motorized boat or take a paddle boat or canoe out. Lake Moraine is great for fishing as well with a variety of fish to catch - Carp, Pike, Catfish, Trout, large and small mouth Bass, Blue Gill and Sun Fish just to name a few. They even have vending machines with live bait. Perfect place for a jog, swim, take a walk, have a picnic or just go to take in the beauty and unwind. If you can't tell Moraine State Park is one of my favorite places and deserving of the 5 stars I given.
  • About and hour away from Pittsburgh is this great park. Like boating? The lake is extremely large and seasonal boat rentals are available? Fishing is popular, both on boats and from the shore. Need a beach? Plenty of sand. Bathrooms available. Need some summer cooking? Grills and picnic tables are available. My favorite activity is to grill a burger and watch all the people enjoying themselves. Afterward, I got the snow cone vendor near the park's entrance. A perfect ending for a great day.

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