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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

So much to experience at Salt Springs!

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
Covid-19-Related Status
Restrooms, trails, parking lots, picnic areas, tent sites, cottages, and the Williams Pavilion are open. The Wheaton House (exhibit rooms and gift shop) remains closed.

Please wear a mask when you cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet from anyone outside of your group. State-ordered mitigation behaviors—to wear face masks and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others—remain in effect until further notice.

Upcoming Programs
Archery for Beginners
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.

Full details are available
Join the Trail Race!

Sign Up

The Salt Springs Field, Forest & Falls Trail Race, 5K and 10K, is still on for Saturday, September 5! Format changes will allow us to comply with CDC and state guidelines. There will be a rolling start from 8 to 9:15 a.m., no day-of registration, and no after-party. BUT, every runner is eligible to win prizes that will be given away through random selection.

Full details are available at RunSignUp.com - follow the logo link above or click here.

Race route maps are avaiable now, too:

5K-loop map

10K-loop map

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!

March 2020 newsletter

April 2020 Newsletter, with our 2019 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.