Twin Lakes Recreation Area and Black Cherry Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Twin Lakes

This very busy recreation area is located south of Kane, PA off of State Route 321.

Twin Lakes was once the site of factory buildings, stores and row houses owned by the McKean Chemical Company which made wood alcohol. A company splash dam, used to augment water levels for the chemical plant downstream once occupied the site of today's dam. When McKean Chemical Company closed in the 1920s, the US Forest Service acquired the property.

In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the present dam on Hoffman Run, creating the swimming impoundment. They built the lower campground, picnic area, pavilion and bathhouse. The "twin" impoundment was never built, as money planned for its construction was diverted to build Loleta Recreation Area near Marienville, PA.

Due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10-foot clearance located on the entrance road, it is not recommended for use by RV’s longer than 28 feet or needing greater than 10 foot clearance.

Twin Lakes has upper and lower camping loops.

The day use area is situated around a 10-acre impoundment which is fed by Hoffman Run, a heavily stocked trout stream; no boating is permitted on the impounded lake. A hardened walking path surrounds the impoundment.

 

Black Cherry Interpretive Trail

This trail is a 1.6 mile trail beginning and ending near the lower campground loop. The two loops, one 1 mile loop and one .4 mile loop, circle the campground. The Black Cherry Trail also makes up the eastern end of the Twin Lakes Trail . The trail will take you through a valley with a small stream, that you will cross at one point. The Twin Lakes Trail connects to both the Mill Creek Trail and Brush Hollow Trail systems.

 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: You can access the trail year-round.
Operational Hours: Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
Reservations: There is no camping for 2018
Fees No fees for 2018
Open Season: Apr. 14 - Oct. 15
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: A railroad underpass located on the entrance road (Forest Road 191) prevents vehicles taller than 10 foot clearance to pass. 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:
  • Twin Lakes Recreation Area
Closest Towns: Kane, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Concessionaire - Allegheny Site Management
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 Kane

  • Travel south from Twin Lakes Rd T361 on SR 321 2.4 miles
  • Turn right at cross roads onto Clarion St. T435
  • Travel <1/4 mile to Dahoga Rd T364
  • Turn right onto Dahoga Rd (use caution as road is narrow)
  • Proceed north 2.5 miles to Twin Lakes Rd FR 191
  • Continue north 2.0 miles to Twin Lakes Campground entrance

Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Electricity is available in the lower loop. All facilities are universally accessible.

Amenities:

  • Electricity - lower loop
  • picnic table
  • fire ring
  • tent pad
  • playground - one in each camping loop
  • Day Use/Beach
    • flush toilets
    • hot showers
    • pressurized water
    • beach
    • bathhouse
    • picnic tables
    • pavilions
    • fishing piers
  • Group sites
    • large grassy fields
    • gravel parking areas
    • pavilions
    • picnic tables
    • grills
    • fire rings
    • horse shoe pits
    • vault toilets
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
No. of Sites
  • Single: 48 sites
    • Double site: 1
  • Group: 2 sites, 50 people or less
Sleeping ShelterNo

RV Camping

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Electricity is available in the lower loop. All facilities are universally accessible.

Amenities:

  • Electricity - lower loop
  • picnic table
  • fire ring
  • tent pad
  • playground - one in each camping loop
  • Day Use/Beach
    • flush toilets
    • hot showers
    • pressurized water
    • beach
    • bathhouse
    • picnic tables
    • pavilions
    • fishing piers
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
  • Single: 48
    • Double site: 1
Size RestrictionsRVs 28 feet long x 10 feet h max
Hookup - WaterNo

Group Camping

Two group camping areas limited to 50 people or less are  available.

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Electricity is available in the lower loop. All facilities are universally accessible.

Amenities:

  • large grassy fields
  • gravel parking areas
  • pavilions
  • picnic tables
  • grills
  • fire rings
  • horse shoe pits
  • vault toilets
Group ShelterYes, pavilions are reservable.
Hookups - ElectricYes
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 group sites
Sleeping ShelterNo
No. of Accessible sitesAll facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Toilets and some site furniture are accessible but people with impaired mobility may have difficulty traveling between facilities because of terrain and distance.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.614167

  Longitude : 
-78.755556

 



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