From their beautiful mountain cabins to pitching a tent, your family's camping experience will bring natures beauty to you in the most modern way possible for a PA State Park.
The 6,249-acre Prince Gallitzin State Park is in the scenic Allegheny Plateau Region of Pennsylvania. Large portions of the park can be seen from several easily accessible vistas. The major attractions to the park are the 1,600-acre Glendale Lake and the large campground with its own private beach area.
Many people that live throughout the Allegheny Mountains refer to Prince Gallitzin State Park as Glendale. We had a local newspaper columnist write an article about the way people talk in this area. It has gotten to be a local joke; most people in the area have no idea where to find Prince Gallitzin State Park, but everybody knows where Glendale is!
Discover the simple life and attend Park Prince Gallitzin State Park's Apple Cider Festival.
A Unique Historic Namesake
Boating: The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake has nine public Boat Launching areas conveniently located throughout the PA State Parks lake, along with three public mooring facilities for sailboats, pontoon boats and runabouts.
Boat Rentals: A Watercraft Concession and Marina provides various services, including: Watercraft Rentals, repairs to Boats and Motors, and the sale of fuel.
Picnicking and Public Swimming: Over 1,000 picnic tables are available throughout the park. The vast majority of these are adjacent to the swimming area in day use. There are three beach and picnic areas open for the public.
There are also concession stands and playgrounds located at each beach area.
Bridle Trail: A horseback riding area is in the southeast corner of the PA State Park.
There is also a horse rental business located near the entrance to the public beach area.
Biking: All bicyclists may use park roads open to public travel. Campers may cycle the 2.3-mile multi-use trail around the perimeter of the campground.
Mountain Biking: In the northern part of the park, the 20-mile snowmobile trail network is open for mountain biking and hiking.
Fishing: The 1,600-acre Lake Glendale is a warm-water fishery with bass, pike and muskellunge as the most common game fish. There is also a good population of panfish that includes crappie, bluegill and perch. The two major feeder streams of the lake are stocked with trout.
The Alleghenies are rich with fascinating Hiking Trails and family friendly places to explore. My family's favorite place to hike in the Prince Gallitzin State Park is a Hiking Trail called Headache Hill .
Take a hike to Headache Hill and climb the steep water tower. There you can enjoy a beautiful view of Glendale Lake.
Take a pair of binoculars and enjoy watching the many boats on Glendale Lake along with an abundance of wildlife roaming through the PA State Parks forest.
The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake, with its 26 miles of shoreline, is home to many species of fish, birds and animals. Wyerough Branch, which is covered in wetland plants, is a good place to see ducks, herons and rails. In the spring and fall, waterfowl stop at the lake to rest on their migrations north and south.
Headache Hill is also popular for the many family attractions throughout the year. We use to enjoy activities like Mountain Days and the Apple Cider Festival until recently, now they are hold these festivals along the PA State Parks Beach area.
Educational Hikes And Amphitheater Entertainment:Just because it's summer and school is out don't mean you can't continue your family's education. When your family spends their vacation at a PA State Park you will learn things you could never learn from a book or sitting in a classroom.
An environmental educations specialists offers activities and nature hikes most summer evenings at the campground and public beach areas. Your family will learn things like survival in the forest. You'll sample cat-o-nine-tails, wild onions and garlic. Study flowers and insects that are actually edible. Find out what to do if approached by the various wildlife. Learn how to chase them away or get out of their way, fast.
Cross-country Skiing: Seven miles of marked trails are available for this popular wintertime activity.
Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may use the 20-mile trail network. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.
Prince Gallitzin State Park is in northern Cambria County and is reached by PA 36 and PA 53 and US 219.
From US 219, at Carrolltown turn onto SR 4015. At Patton, take PA 36 east to Glendale Lake Road.
From PA 53, turn at either Frugality or Flinton. At Frugality, following State Park Drive/Marina Road will take you into the major day use areas of the park. From Flinton, Beaver Valley Road will also take you into the park and is a more direct route to the campground.
From I-99, Exit 32, follow PA 36 north, turn right at Ashville onto PA 53 north.
To reserve a campsite, cabin, organized group tenting area or a picnic pavilion, at Prince Gallitzin State Park, call 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat.
Call 814-674-2499 for boat rental reservations or information.