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Old 08-13-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Has anyone been to Mountain Creek Campground in Gardners PA? We are headed there this coming weekend and wanted to know what campers though of it. We are planning to do some hiking, but also some canoeing or rafting and was wondering the best place for that.
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Hello, I lived in this area for awhile. Still 10-15mi away. Drove by Mountain Creek but never stayed tho. Looks nice from road.

You can canoe close at Laurel or Fuller lake. If your looking for a good creek you might have to drive a little north to the Conodoguinet Creek or a little south to the Yellow Breeches.

This website has brochures for both creeks and lists the most popular canoe/kayak routes.

Cumberland County, PA - Official Website - Cumberland County Water Trails
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Be sure to hike the Pole Steeple trail. Great view!
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Great info

Thank you.
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I've never stayed there, we stay up the road at Pine Grove Furnace State Park (limited electricity sites, no water and no sewer hookups). But, we've been in their store for yummy ice cream and random supplies many times.

My sister did stay at Mountain Creek a bunch of years back. She said it was very open and lacked shade from trees.

We have friends who used to take a few RVs there for gatherings. They said the "new management" wasn't friendly but never really got into details.

Laurel Lake nearby rents out kayaks and canoes, I think. It's a smaller lake.

No rafting in the area that I know of (though, I've never looked).

And a ton of GREAT hiking. The Appalachian Trail goes right near there. The 1/2 way point is there. The Pole Steeple trail is a beautiful lookout. Lots of great ones all around. Go up to the ranger station for Pine Grove Furnace and and get a trail map.
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You can canoe close at Laurel or Fuller lake.
Quick correction- no boats are allowed on Fuller. We could never get a clear answer on float tubes.
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Thx, I thought kayaks and canoes were allowed, but everyone just stuck to the bigger Laurel lake. Wasn't positive though. I guess it would be cramped.
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Thx, I thought kayaks and canoes were allowed, but everyone just stuck to the bigger Laurel lake. Wasn't positive though. I guess it would be cramped.
The rules aren't clear, but any time that we talked to a ranger- the answer was basically, "no". It got muddier when dad wanted to float tube it to fish it.

BUT- I'd give my left arm to kayak it for an hour. It's such a beautiful lake that I'd love to see it from all of it's sides.
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We went to Mountain Creek in July. There are a few shaded spots and the only ones with full hook-up were around a building. If you need bath houses I would suggest using the ones up the hill furthest from the campstore. While we were there children were able to tube portions of the creek that ran through the campground but the water level changed a couple times while we were there. Most sites didn't have a gravel pad and the campers were facing every which way, not a bad thing just different than what we were used to. I don't think the new owners were unfriendly maybe they were still adjusting.
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Be sure to hike the Pole Steeple trail. Great view!
Did Pole Steeple today all I can say is awsome!!! What a great hike and view. Do you have any other suggestions on good hikes near by? If not we will do Pole Steeple again.
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