Ravensburg State Park

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Ravensburg State Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
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The dam on Rauchtown Run in Ravensburg State Park was built by the CCC.
Named for: Ravens that nest on the cliffs at the park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Clinton
Township Crawford
Location [1]
 - coordinates 41°06′36″N 77°14′35″W / 41.11000°N 77.24306°W / 41.11000; -77.24306Coordinates: 41°06′36″N 77°14′35″W / 41.11000°N 77.24306°W / 41.11000; -77.24306
 - elevation 1,030 ft (314 m) [1]
Area 78 acres (32 ha) [2]
Founded 1933 [2]
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Location of Ravensburg State Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Ravensburg State Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Ravensburg State Park

Ravensburg State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Crawford Township in Clinton County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is in a gorge carved by Rauchtown Run through the side of Nippenose Mountain. Ravensburg State Park is 78 acres (32 ha) of wooded land that is almost entirely surrounded by Tiadaghton State Forest. This state park is on Pennsylvania Route 880, 8 miles (13 km) north of Carroll and 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Jersey Shore. The nearest city is Williamsport.

History[edit]

Ravensburg State Park gets its name from the ravens that were known for roosting on the rock ledges at the southern end of the park (near the south entrance). Ravens can be seen in the vicinity of this park to this day, making the name logical despite that fact that there is no community nearby that goes by the name Ravensburg. The nearest community to Ravensburg State Park is the unincorporated village of Rauchtown.[2]

The forest surrounding and within Ravensburg State Park has not changed much in the past 100 years. It is also unlikely that much timber has even been harvested in this area due to the extremely rocky surroundings and the narrow gorge in which Ravensburg State Park lies.[3]

Ravensburg State Park was constructed during the Great Depression in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ravensburg State Park is just one of many examples of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps throughout North Central Pennsylvania. The CCC built a small dam on Rauchtown Run that is still being used as a swimming hole by the visitors to Ravensburg State Park. The CCC also built pavilions, latrines, bridges, trails, waterlines and fountains at the park.[4]

The Emergency Conservation Work architecture in the 1933-1942 time period has earned the park a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, along with other Pennsylvania state parks developed in this time period.[5]

Geology[edit]

Over the years Rauchtown Run has made its way through the mountains on its way to the West Branch Susquehanna River near Jersey Shore, via Antes Creek. The years of water flow have created the gorge in which the park is located. Tall erosional spires of sandstone have created a formation known as Castle Rocks. The rocks can be seen from the Mid State Trail and are said to resemble the towers of an ancient castle. The frost action, brought on by the cold winters of Pennsylvania, has led to the creation of this rock formation.[6]

Recreation[edit]

Camping[edit]

Bring your tents to Ravensburg because that is the only type of camping available. The campground is downstream from the dam. Each campground has a fire ring as well as a picnic table.[2]

Picnics[edit]

Picnic shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Ravensburg State Park

Ravensburg is popular for picnicking by families and church groups. There are three picnic areas on the grounds of Ravensburg State Park. Each area has picnic tables and pavilions and charcoal grills. There is a centrally located playfield with a playground and several horseshoe pits.[2]

Hunting[edit]

Because Ravensburg State Park is just 78 acres (32 ha) in size, hunting is prohibited with the confines of the park. However, there are 215,000 acres (87,000 ha) of hunting area available in the surrounding Tiadaghton State Forest.[2][3]

The ballfield at Ravensburg State Park

Hiking[edit]

There is one mile (1.6 km) of hiking trail available. Raven Trail, on the banks of Rauchtown Run, provides easy access to the creek for fishing. There are several side trails that lead to scenic rocky outcrops or to other hiking trails on state forest land. The 306-mile (492 km) Mid State backpacking trail is accessible from Ravensburg State Park.[2]

Fishing[edit]

Avid fishermen will find native brook trout and brown trout living in Rauchtown Run. This provides for cold water fishing in Rauchtown Run as well as its tributaries.[2]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Ravensburg State Park:[7][8][9]

Rauchtown Run in Ravensburg State Park

References[edit]

The playground at Ravensburg State Park
  1. ^ a b "Ravensburg State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 2, 1979. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ravensburg State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  3. ^ a b "State Parks near the Tiadaghton State Forest". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania State Parks: The CCC Years". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Pennsylvania State Parks - Historic Places". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  6. ^ Geyer, Alan R.; Denise W. Royer. "Pennsylvania Trail of Geology: Ravensburg". Pennsylvania Geological Survey. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. 2007 General Highway Map Clinton County Pennsylvania (Map). 1:65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/clinton_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved 2007-07-27.Note: shows Ravensburg State Park
  9. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 

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