Cowans Gap State Park – Fort Loudon, PA

Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre state park located in Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania. Fort Loudon is between Chambersburg and Breezewood, located not far from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Cowans Gap Lake Beach
Cowans Gap Lake Beach

The park is situated in a valley in Fulton County, with a 42-acre lake, campground, cabins, and hiking trails. There is no fee to enter this park, though campsite reservations do have a fee.

Cowans Gap Building
Cowans Gap Bathhouse

The lake includes a swimming beach in the summer, with a bathhouse and concession stand.

Cowans Gap Concession Stand
Cowans Gap Concession Stand

When the concession stand is open in the summer, it serves hot foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Camp supplies are also available in the concession stand building.

The concession stand is open typically from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, though hours may vary. It’s located close to the beach, along a paved walking path.

Cowans Gap Beach Entrance
Cowans Gap Beach Entrance

The park is popular for picnicking, as many tables are available with a view of the lake. You can bring your own food or purchase from the concession stand.

Cowans Gap Picnicking
Cowans Gap Picnicking

Boat rentals are also available during the summer season. They feature paddle boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and more.

Cowans Gap Boat Rental
Cowans Gap Boat Rental

Buchanan State Forest surrounds Cowans Gap State Park, providing even more opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Looking for some more fun in the outdoors?

There are many amazing state parks in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Check out these amazing State Parks in the mid-Atlantic area:

Ohiopyle State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park

Trough Creek State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Rocks State Park

Swatara State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

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