What to do at Little Buffalo State Park

NEWPORT, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania is home to 124 state parks and zero national parks. These state parks are full of recreational activities that are good for any age group.

One of these state parks is in Newport, Perry County, Little Buffalo State Park which is 923 acres.

Little Buffalo State Park is full of activities like hiking trails, swimming, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, and camping.


According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conversation and Natural Resources, Little Buffalo State Park has around eight miles of trails.

The trails range from “Easiest” to “More Difficult,” and “Most Difficult.”

The park has ten trails (six easiest, two more difficult, and two most difficult) including the Blue Ball Trail, Buffalo Ridge Trail, Campground Spur, Covered Bridge Trail, Exercise Trail, Fisherman’s Trail, Gantt Trail, Little Buffalo Creek Trail, Middle Ridge Trail, and Mill Race Trail.

For a map of trails at Little Buffalo State Park, click here.

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Swimming is limited at Little Buffalo State Park as it is prohibited to swim in the 88-acre Holman Lake. But there is a large swimming pool that visitors can enjoy.

The pool is ADA-accessible and has a maximum depth of five feet with two waterslides and a sprayground.

The pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and opens on Memorial Day weekend (opening fully on the second weekend in June).

The prices for the pool are:

  • Swimmer (Per weekday): $6

  • Senior Citizen (Per day): $4

  • Children under 42 inches (Per day): Free


As mentioned above, Little Buffalo State Park is home to an 88-acre lake called Holman Lake which is used by fishers.

The PA DCNR states that the most common species of fish found in the lake are the largemouth bass, catfish, panfish, trout, and muskellunge.

Fishers can catch up to four bass and the bass must be at least 15 inches long.

If the weather allows, ice fishing is permitted (but not in the ice-skating area).

For more information about fishing at Little Buffalo State Park, click here.


Out of the 923 acres of land at Little Buffalo State Park, around 300 acres are open for hunting.

The PA DCNR states that common species found in the state park are deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit, pheasant, and squirrel.

Hunting woodchucks (groundhogs) is prohibited.

For more information on hunting at Little Buffalo State Park, click here, for more information about hunting in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Game Commission website.

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Camping season begins the day before trout season and runs until the third Sunday in October and Little Buffalo State Park has 46 sites.

The sites include flush toilets, warm showers, some electric and water hookups, picnic tables, and a fire ring.

The PA DCNR states that pets are allowed on all campsites.

The state park also has camping cottages that can sleep five people and have electric heat, lights, outlets, a fire ring, a picnic table, a table and chairs, windows, and wooden floors.

There is also an ADA-accessible cabin that sleeps 12 people and includes a clothes washer and dryer, dishwasher, heat and air conditioning, microwave oven, refrigerator, and stove.

To view the Little Buffalo State Park campground map, click here.

To make reservations at Little Buffalo State Park, click here or call 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757).

Little Buffalo State Park is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.

For more information about the state park, visit the PA DCNR website.

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