Prince Gallitzin State Park

PATTON TWP, CAMBRIA COUNTY --- Named after Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin, Prince Gallitzin State Park covers more than 7,300 acres in northern Cambria County.  At its center is the manmade Glendale Lake.  The park was first proposed by the Patton chamber of commerce in 1955 as a 30 acre dam.  The department of forest and waters liked the idea and supersize it.

"The present day lake is over 1600 acres, there's over 28 miles of shoreline.  Glendale Lake is it's a horseshoe shape," Park Manager Dan Bickel said.

With all that water, boating is hands down the biggest tourist attraction. 

"This area of the county, and the park is almost always windy, so its one of the best places in PA to sail," Bickel said.

The park has it's own marina where visitors can rent motor boats, pontoon boats, even kayaks.  There are also plenty of activities for land lovers as well.  There are more than 400 campgrounds, 150 of which have direct access to modern amenities.  There are also cabins available for rent year round.  Many weekends over the summer there are more than two thousand campers at any given time. 

"A lot of us joke around it’s larger than most small towns in this part of the county, so it's a pretty busy place," Bickel said.

The well stocked lake is a big draw to fisherman.  It’s not uncommon for them to reel in three and four pound bass, eight to nine inch crappies, walleye, and pike.  The park is also perfect for those who like to just take in some natural beauty. 

“With the water/land mix here at the park and a variety of habitats from mature forest to open fields, it's a great place to come out in the evening and watch wildlife," Bickel said.

One of the biggest events at the park is the annual apple cider festival.  It’s scheduled this year for October 5th.  Organizers expect more than 15,000 visitors to come for the one day event.

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