Loleta Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Bathhouse at Loleta

This area has been recently nominated and accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places. The area was once a bustling logging town, established in 1889, with over 600 inhabitants. 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 deserted.

The Federal Government purchased the site in 1925, adding it to the newly formed Allegheny National Forest. In the 1930s, the Forest Service (using CCC labor) reconstructed the mill pond, 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.

Trout fishing is good in Millstone Creek. The picturesque Clarion River, about four miles south of the campground, offers excellent fishing and canoeing. A three-mile long hiking trail, marked with off-white diamonds, starts and ends at Loleta, from the parking lot near the group camping site through the woods around the upper camping loop and comes back in between the upper loop and the group site. Buzzard Swamp offers 10 miles of trail, 5 miles North of Loleta Recreation Area.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions:
  • Campground: open April 14 to October 31
  • Day Use Area and picnic pavilions: open April 1 to October 21
  • Group Campsites: open April 14 to October 31
  • Swim and picnic area: open May 24 to September 3
Operational Hours: Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
Reservations: Reservations are accepted for some sites. First come, first served sites are also available. Reservation -
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
  • Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.
Reservations needed from May 1 to Ocotber 31, 2018.
Fees Fees:
  • Daily camping fee - $15.00 to $20.00/site
  • Daily camping fee - electric - add $5.00/site
  • Group site daily camping fee - $50.00/site
  • Daily swimming fee - $5.00/
Open Season: April 1
Usage: Light
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Loleta Recreation Area
Closest Towns: Marienville, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Allegheny Site Management, Ed prince; Phone: 814-368-4158; Email: ecpalleghenysite@gmail.com
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email: r9_allegheny_nf@fs.fed.us

General Information

Directions:

From Marienville

  • Travel south on PA-66 for 1.6 miles
  • Turn right onto S. Forest Road
  • Travel on S. Forest Road for .7 miles
  • S. Forest Road becomes Loleta Road just before West Branch Millstone Creek
  • Contine on Loleta Road for 5 miles

Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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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.

Sugar Camp group site is located on Sugar Camp Run. A bridge crosses the run leading to the parking area. This parking area access the Loleta Trial. The site is near the bathouse and day use area.

Millstone Group site is on East Branch Millstone Creek. The volleyball court is near this site.

Amenities:

  • Tent pad
  • picnic table
  • fire ring
  • water
  • vault toilets
  • bathhouse
    • flush toilets
    • hot showers
Group ShelterNo
Hookups - ElectricN
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.
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
No. of Sites2
Sleeping ShelterNo
No. of Accessible sitesAll facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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. The lower loop sites are accessible to people with disabilities.

Amenities:

  • Tent pad
  • picnic table
  • fire ring
  • water
  • vault toilets
  • bathhouse
    • flush toilets
    • hot showers
Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - Electricsome
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Pavement Type for Parkinghardened
Dump StationsYes
No. of Sites
  • Campsites: 38
    • Lower Loop: 20 sites
      • Double Sites: 5
      • Hardened/RV w/ accessible tables: 12
      • With electric: 20 sites
    • Upper Loop: 6 sites
      • Hardened w/ accessible tables: 3
Size RestrictionsRV's up tp 50 feet
No. of Accessible sites
  • Campsites: 15
    • Lower Loop: 12 sites hardened/RV w/ accessible tables
    • Upper Loop: 3 sites hardened w/ accessible tables
Hookup - WaterNo

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. The lower loop sites are accessible to people with disabilities.

Amenities:

  • Tent pad
  • picnic table
  • fire ring
  • water
  • vault toilets
  • bathhouse
    • flush toilets
    • hot showers
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
No. of Sites
  • Campsites: 38
    • Lower Loop: 20 sites
      • Double Sites: 5
      • Hardened/RV w/ accessible tables: 12
      • With electric: 20 sites
    • Upper Loop: 18 sites
      • Hardened w/ accessible tables: 3
      • Tent Only: 12
  • Group: 2
No. of Accessible sites
  • Campsites: 38
    • Lower Loop:
      • Hardened/RV w/ accessible tables: 12
    • Upper Loop:
      • Hardened w/ accessible tables: 3
Sleeping ShelterNo

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.401944

  Longitude : 
-79.081111