The Forest House,
133 Pine Tree Drive,
PA 17241

(717) 324-1342

Things to do

We often do "nothing" when we come here!  We often find ourselves relaxing on the front porch or sitting by the fire or reading a good magazine. If you get restless, here are some neat things to do:

Lake Warren (Right at the end of our Road!)

Full of bass!  Sandy beaches with picnic areas.

The Michaux State Forest (You are practically in it!)

Pine Grove Furnace State Park (3.1 miles away)

Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in a beautiful mountain setting in southern Cumberland County. The two lakes in the park are the 25-acre Laurel Lake and the smaller Fuller Lake, which is 1.7-acre.

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Kings Gap Environmental Education Center (about 8.5 miles away)

The grounds are open to the public year-round from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Sixteen miles of hiking trails connect with three main day use areas of the center: Pine Plantation Day Use Area, Pond Day Use Area and Mansion Day Use Area. A 32-room stone mansion on the mountaintop houses the center's office and the training center. The office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends and evenings when a public program is scheduled. A schedule of programs is available from the center office or at the three day use areas.

The mansion serves as the William C. Forrey Training Center for the Commonwealth, providing meals and overnight lodging for government agencies. The comfortable surroundings make it an ideal location for productive work sessions and meetings. The training center has a maximum day use capacity for 45 people and accommodates 23 people overnight.

Caledonia State Park (about 16.5 miles away)

The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg on US 30. Caledonia is in the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Mountains known locally as South Mountain. Blue Mountain, the easternmost ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, is to the west and northwest of the park across a large low, rolling, fertile valley known as the Great Valley. South Mountain is mostly composed of a hard rock called quartzite. The valleys on either side are underlined with limestone and shale. The soil is ideal for fruit production, proven by the abundance of orchards in the surrounding area.

Boiling Springs, PA - A Really Neat Place! (about 15.8 miles away)

Welcome to the picturesque village of Boiling Springs.  Beautiful scenery, fly fishing, the oldest public pool in Cumberland County (Boiling Springs Pool), plus theatre and local events.  Founded in 1845, but settled prior to 1737, Boiling Springs is a village that surrounds the Children's Lake, right on the Appalachian Trail.  The Memorial Clock Tower, erected in 1956 and the Boiling Springs (Grist) Mill, on record as early as 1785, are two landmarks in the village.  The mill is one of, if not the most photographed building in the village.

Boiling Springs was also a site for the underground railroad before the civil war, a tourist destination in the early 1900's, a stop along the Appalachian Trail. Now a location for small shops, art galleries, cafe's and restaurants, recreation and relaxation.  Boiling Springs is a fantastic community of individuals that are inspired to create that small town feel and share it with anyone who visits.

Mont Alto State Park (about 27.5 miles away)

The 23-acre Mont Alto State Park is in Franklin County. It can be reached from Caledonia State Park on US 30, the Lincoln Highway, by traveling seven miles south on PA 233 or, from the south, travel north on PA 233, one mile from the scenic town of Mont Alto.

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park (about 42 miles away)

This park is nestled in the gap of Tuscarora Mountain. Dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States, this narrow, peaceful hollow is the site of James Buchanan's birthplace. A stone pyramid monument surrounded by majestic conifers stands on the site of the original cabin where he was born. Buck Run is a native brook trout stream.

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park is an 18.5-acre park. Nestled in a gap of the Tuscarora Mountain in Franklin County. The park and surrounding the forested mountains offer an abundance of beauty throughout the year.