Loleta Recreation Area

  

This small recreation area offers both family campsites (rustic tent sites and utility hookups are available) and group sites with picnic tables and firerings, pressurized water fountains and vault toilets. Campsite reservations are accepted (1-877-444-NRRS, or the website at http://www.recreation.gov) are accepted. First come, first serve sites are also available. The day use area offers picnic tables, pavilions, grills, amphitheater, volleyball courts and a swim beach. The bathhouse has changing rooms, flush toilets and hot showers. There is a 3-mile hiking trail that starts and ends at Loleta. The trail passes a scenic overlook of the Millstone Valley. Loleta was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on the site where, just 20 years earlier, a bustling logging town of 600 inhabitants stood. Established in 1889, Loleta was typcial of boomtowns associated with the age of exploitation, when the hills of Pennsylvania were stripped of trees. The town had a large sawmill, shingle mill, broom handle factory, and a rail connection for shipping products to Sheffield, PA. Once the timber supply was exhausted in 1913, the mills shut down and the town was dismantled and deserted. The Federal Government purchased the site in 1925, adding it to the newly formed Allegheny National Forest. In the 1930's the Forest Service reconstructed the old Loleta mill pond, using CCC labor, then added a bathhouse, swimming area, picnic shelters and landscaping. The distinctive quality of CCC workmanship is evident today in the dam stonework and the log construction of the old bathhouse. The camping loops were added in the 1960s. View/Print site brochure

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daylight hours (Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).
Fees $15.00 to $20.00   daily camping fee; add electric $5.00/day; $50.00/site daily group camping fee; $5.00/vehicle daily swimming fee;
Permit Info: $15.00 to $20.00  daily camping fee; add electric $5.00/day; $50.00/site daily group camping fee; $5.00/vehicle daily swimming fee;
Open Season: April - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No winter maintenance. Permissible length of stay is fourteen (14) days. Leaving your campsite unoccupied during the first night after equipment has been set up, or leaving equipment for more than 24 hours thereafter, is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. Check out time is 2:00 p.m. Camping fees must be paid by 2:00 p.m. Don't forget to put your site number and your license plate number on your fee envelope. Campsites should not be used by more than eight persons. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring or grill, and accommodates a tent, and parking for two vehicles and a wheeled camping unit . Additional vehicles will be charged a $5.00/day/vehicle fee, and must park in public parking areas. Other recreation equipment associated with a campsite (boats, trailers, jet skis, motorcycles) are not charged. Park all vehicles on the campsite spur, not on the grass. Weapons, firearms, and fireworks (fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania) must not be discharged in the area. Waste material from trailers must be deposited at a dump station. Please place trash in the provided receptacles. Campfire permits are not required for camping in undeveloped areas. We ask that all campers build a safe fireplace, keep a clean camp, and make sure fires are fully extinguished before leaving camp. Please build fires only in designated fireplaces. Dead material, on the ground, may be used for fires, but living trees, shrubs, and plants must not be cut or damaged. A burning ban may be declared at certain times of the year, depending on weather and fuel conditions. At these times, campfires will be banned on the Forest. Please check with the Allegheny National Forest about burn bans during periods of extended dry weather.It is illegal to put nails, hooks, wire, tacks, and other foreign materials in trees and facility structures. These can damage trees and structures, become safety hazards, and are unsightly. Use lantern hooks, if provided, to hang lamps and tie out pets with removable stakes. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Do not blaze, hang flagging, or apply reflective tape or tacks to mark your route. Salt blocks, bait stations, and permanent tree stands or blinds are not permitted. Do not hunt within the safety zone around the developed areas. Remember to wear bright fluorescent-colored clothing if hiking and/or camping during hunting seasons, since these areas are popular with hunters. Pets must be kept on a leash, and are not allowed on beaches or in the water. No camping is allowed in picnic areas. If latrines are needed, please keep them at least 200 feet from a water source. All water that does not come from a developed recreation area should be filtered or boiled before use. Pump water from a developed recreation area is tested regularly and is safe for drinking
Closest Towns: Marienville, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Concessionaire: Allegheny Site Management; Mike Paraska, 306 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 1670

General Information

Directions: Loleta Recreation Area is located about six miles south of the village of Marienville via South Forest Street (between the Pennzoil Station and the Bucktail Hotel) on paved road.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Campsites in the upper loop are recommended for tents and small RV's or trailers. The lower loop campsites have electric hookups and will accommodate tents, RV's, or trailers up to 50' long. Each campsite has a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Water and vault toilets are available in both camping loops. The bathhouse at the beach has flush toilets and hot showers.
Sleeping ShelterNo
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
No. of Sites38
No. of Accessible sites`

RV Camping

Campsites in the upper loop are recommended for tents and small RV's or trailers. The lower loop campsites have electric hookups and will accommodate tents, RV's, or trailers up to 50' long. Each campsite has a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Water and vault toilets are available in both camping loops. The bathhouse at the beach has flush toilets and hot showers.
Hookup - WaterNo
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
No. of Sites38
Size RestrictionsRV's up tp 50 feet
No. of Accessible sites15
Hookups - Electricsome
Dump StationsYes
Hookup - SewerNo
Pavement Type for Parkinghardened

Group Camping

Two group camping areas are available for groups of up to 50 people. Water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are available at both sites. Group sites must be reserved. Loleta offers 38 individual campsites. Campsites in the upper loop are recommended for tents and small RV's or trailers. The lower loop campsites have electric hookups and will accommodate tents, RV's, or trailers up to 50' long. The picnic area offers two picnic shelters, cooking grills, an ampitheater, volleyball court, and swimming beaches. The bathhouse has changing rooms, flush toilets, and hot showers. Trout fishing is good in Millstone Creek. The picturesque Clarion River, about four miles south of the campground, offeres excellent fishing and canoeing. A three-mile long hiking trail, marked with off-white diamonds, starts and ends at Loleta. The trail passes a scenic overlook of the Millstone Valley.
Sleeping ShelterNo
Fire InformationFirewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Do not bring firewood from home to the Allegheny National Forest. Do not unwittingly spread the emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, hemlock woolly adelgid or other firewood borne invasive species. Possession of firewood from outside the area of the Allegheny National Forest is prohibited. Firewood is available at or near camping facilities.
Reservation Info877-444-6777
Group ShelterNo
No. of Sites2
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
No. of Accessible sitesAll facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
Hookups - ElectricN

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