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Locust Lake State Park

Rural Route 1
Barnesville, PA 18214
8 Reviews
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This review is for camping. Locust lake is a very pretty park however the rangers are absolutely horrible. We had 3 generations of campers at 4 different sites, the rangers would not leave us alone. They kept treating us like we were all infected with the zombie virus or something. During all interactions, they were completely rude and authoritative. The main ranger seriously has some mental health issues- I am not kidding- I am a therapist. Also their parking rules are ridiculous. We had a family member visit who brought his 90 year old mother. They were only there for a few hours however the rangers would not let them park at our site. They very strictly enforce their only 1 car per site rule.. Instead he had to drop off his mother and then drive all the way back to the entrance and walk back. We could have picked him up but he said he would just walk. It took him 30 minutes to get back to our camp. They followed us in their truck and watched us as we went into the camp store and dropped off our trash. When we were packing up to leave we had two cars at our site in order to load our stuff (this is the only time that they will "allow" it) and they repeatedly drove by and told us that we were taking too long. I have never had problems like this at any other PA state park. I will never, ever, go back to this park. They ruined our entire family camping weekend. Its too bad, because the park really is nice.

Received from darcrista for visit in Aug 2012

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Stay Again? NO
State park. Clean and reasonably quiet. Bathrooms are clean and well kept. Park Rangers patrol twice daily. We saw a bald eagle and a bear. Yeoungling plant tours near by, free beer samples for adults!

Received from Widows son for visit in Jul 2011

Site Number: 33
Stay Again? YES
We stay here several week-ends a year. It is a very nice family park. One side of the lake is for tents - the other side has electric. The sites are all wooded but some are not very level. There is a very nice macadam walk way all around the lake, new play ground, beach, and fishing (small boats, canoes, and kayaks). Beautiful golf course nearby.

Received from Eva for visit in Jul 2011

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Stay Again? YES
This is a nice PA state park. We are fond of PA parks. We like all the ones we have used. This is electric only as with about all PA parks. That's why I only gave it a 3. The campground is right on the lake which is stocked with some nice trout. There is also a stream to fish. There is a hiker/biker path around the entire lake (see photos). It makes for an easy walk.


Received from Ed H for visit in Aug 2004

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
We had a tent site. Spacious sites. Very quiet at night. Pet sites had their own area seperate from non pet sites. Beautiful woods, lake and pond. Clean washrooms with running water. Trash provisions. All in all, a wonderful camping experience!


Received from Carol V for visit in Sep 2006

Site Number: 197
Stay Again? YES
This is our primary CG. We have been camping there for 15 years. Very nice SP, a virtual diamond in the rough. I have a 36 foot TT. Some sites are very easy to get into, some I wouldn't dream of trying. As for the roads and tight turns: PennDot, in all of of its wisdom has road signs from I-81 directing you to a route that is impossible to negotiate with anything being towed. There is an alternate route that is fairly easy except for a steep grade but the speed limit is only 35 and less. Traveling north on I-81, you will want to take the Mahanoy City exit (131) NOT the Tamaqua exit. As you come off of the exit, you need to get over in the left lane and take the first left. It is only about a 1/4 mile after you get off of the exit. Follow the signs for Mountain Valley Golf Course. You'll pass a gas station on the right and an entrance for 81 S. Keep straight. In about 1 mile, you'll take another left (there will cemetaries)and signs for Locust Lake. In about 2 miles, you'll take a left, at the golf course. Continue past the golf course entrance. You'll start down a grade. There are sharp but easily negatiable turns at the bottom of the grade also a stop sign. At the stop sign, take a right. You'll come to the road leading to the CG in about 1/4 mile (there is a sign). You take a right and take the road to the end as it ends at the Locust Lake SP.

Received from Dave S for visit in Jul 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is a very nice State park on a lake with good access roads. Most of the sites are quite private. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the park is quite pleasant. The only negative, except the park lacks full services, was the pet restrictions. Pets are restricted to one loop area only, and some of the other campers are on the lookout for the slightest infraction. One semi-permanent camper near the rest room will register a complaint if your dog puts one foot off of the pavement. This is not a pet friendly place.

Received from Anon for visit in Jun 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
It is a state park. Cheap and clean. It is a nice getaway or one nighter when traveling. It is only a few miles off of 81.

Received from Gary R for visit in July 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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