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The Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc. • PO Box 541 • Montrose PA • 18801 • 570.967.7275 • info@saltspringspark.orgFacebook


Salt Springs Park

Due to concerns about Coronavirus, Salt Springs facilities (restrooms, office, welcome center, camping) are currently closed, and all programs have been cancelled through April 30th, 2020.

This is a temporary situation, as we all do our part to "flatten the curve." Read DCNR's press release (below) and our details (at right) for further information. Other questions? Please call, email, or message us!

Read DCNR's press release here.

Eight hundred forty-two of the most beautiful acres in Susquehanna County make up Salt Springs Park. Just under half of this land is a state park the Friends of Salt Springs manage for the Commonwealth, and the rest is our own land we encourage the public to enjoy.

Salt Springs offers the peace and beauty of streams and woodlands combined with nearly 15 miles of trails, historic farm buildings, cottages, camping, picnic grounds, and a variety of programs and events.

Salt Springs is open to the public year-round, without charge, from sunrise to sunset. The park is 6 miles north of Montrose, the county seat of Susquehanna County, and is within easy driving distance of Scranton, PA, and Binghamton, NY.

About Us

We are a nonprofit organization, Friends of Salt Springs Park. We manage 842 acres of Pennsylvania paradise. Learn more about us and the park.

Programs & Events

We offer public programs throughout the year. Here's a current list.


We have 8 rustic tent sites and 3 rustic cottages. The tent sites are walk-in. The cabins have electricity but no heat or water. A composting facility is nearby. Details are here, and more pictures are here.


Nearly 15 miles of trails will lead you through meadows and marshes, in and out of a gorge, into an old-growth hemlock forest, to a frog pond, and up and down the hills. Check out the trail map and trail descriptions.


The Barn Pavilion (pictured) is an 1820s threshing barn, and the Williams Pavilion is new and slightly larger. Both are perfect for weddings, receptions, family reunions, class reunions, graduation parties . . . celebrations of all kinds. Read more here.

Environment & History

We are dedicated to sharing the rich environmental and historical resources of Salt Springs. We will tailor a program to your interests and needs. We also research park and local history and share our findings in displays and on the history page.

Photo Album

Take a virtual hike through Salt Springs Park in the Photo Album. Enjoy the scenery, the flora and fauna, and highlights from past programs and events.

News & Notes
Guidance for Outdoor Activities
During Coronavirus Outbreak

Being outdoors can be good for your health and well-being, if you follow some basic guidelines at this time to protect yourself from the coronavirus. We ask that you read and follow these guidelines when here or at any other public place: DCNR Provides Guidance.

Facilities Closed &
Programs Cancelled

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has closed all state park and forest facilities beginning Tuesday, March 17. Salt Springs State Park facilities (restrooms, office, welcome center, and camping) are currently closed and will reopen on Friday, May 1.

The public can access the trails and parking lots at Salt Springs for passive recreation, such as hiking and walking, and we encourage visitors to practice social distancing while in the park.

Additionally, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has ordered all public programs and events in state parks be canceled through the end of April. All programs at Salt Springs through April 30th are cancelled. Programs will resume on Friday, May 1 (First Day Hike - Go Wild for Wildflowers!, 6:30 p.m.).

Park Flooding August 2018
The historic Barn Pavilion was severely damaged and will require many thousands of dollars to repair.

The park was badly flooded on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Some changes are permanent, and others will take several years to fix.

Here's a detailed description of the damage the park suffered, and here are details of many of the repairs to date.

Here's how you can help: Please donate through our GoFundMe campaign or our PayPal account.

Quick Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Facebook Page

Upcoming Programs and Events

Printable Program Brochure—featuring March through June 2020 programs

Join Us!

May 2019 Newsletter, with our 2018 Annual Report

Salt Springs Park—Checklist of Birds

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Media Coverage

Bob Ide and Jeff Nelson featured Salt Springs Park on the July 16, 2017 episode of The Great Outdoors on FOX56 TV. Thank you!

Aerial excursion up and down the waterfalls along Fall Brook, spring 2013, by James Johnson

Highlights of the Field, Forest and Falls Trail Race, September 2, 2013, by Alexander Manzek


"Friends of Salt Springs Park —
Preserving a Piece of Pennsylvania Paradise" is an article in TheBackyardGnome.com, an online publication based in Orange County, CA.

Salt Springs Park: Historical perspective of the Friends and the park, by Jeff Fetzer, in the April 2015 issue of Penn Lines, Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative's monthly publication.