Welcome | About Us | Programs & Events | Camping | Membership | Directions | Gas Lease | Contact | Newsletter
Pavilion | Trail Map | Local History | Environmental Education | Gift Shop | Photo Album | Links
The Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc. • PO Box 541 • Montrose PA • 18801 • 570.967.7275 • info@friendsofsaltspringspark.org


Salt Springs Park

Board member Mary Butler (left) and volunteer Toni Rafferty ran the log splitter on Chainsaw Day last year.

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 year-round. Here's a full 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.


This 1820s threshing barn is 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 teach an environmental ed program to local 4th graders. We 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

Volunteer Work Days in April

Chainsaw Day, Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.

Trail Cleanup, Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.

Finally, it's spring cleaning time again! Come on one or both of our workdays. Tasks this year include cutting and splitting logs into firewood, reclaiming the flowerbeds and trails from underneath leaves, branches, rocks, and trash, and removing decades' worth of accumulated junk in the dairy barn and Wheaton House basement.

As always, we provide free food, beverages, and t-shirts to all volunteers. Let us know if you plan to attend so we make sure we have enough for everyone!

"Take a Break" Hike

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.

Take a break from your taxes and head for the hills for an easy to moderate hike.

Registration Open!

Field, Forest and Falls Trail Race

Out of the woods and into the light.

We're now taking registrations for the second Trail Race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 30. The registration form has full details.

Enjoy highlights of last year's race: a video (on YouTube) by Alexander Manzek and some photographs on our Facebook Page.

Apartment for Rent

One source of funding for the Friends is rental income. We rent out two farmhouses and a small apartment in the Wheaton House, all located in Salt Springs Park. The apartment is currently available.

It is small, most appropriate for one person. It has two rooms, a bathroom, and a galley-style kitchen; it is a second floor walk-up. No smoking, and no pets. Most utilities are included.

E-mail or call 570-967-7275 for further information and application.

New Perspective of the Waterfalls
at Salt Springs

We stumbled across this on YouTube the other day, and it shows why we love Salt Springs Park. The videographer-pilot is Jim Johnson, a carpenter at Binghamton University. Jim will be doing more aerial videos for us. Enjoy this one of the waterfalls along Fall Brook.

The YouTube video is about 12 minutes long.

Quick Links

Salt Springs Park—Checklist of Birds

April 2013 Newsletter, with annual report

January 2014 newsletter

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Facebook Page

Upcoming Programs

Join Us!

Field Notes

Northern Shrike
Lanius excubitor

If anyone is going to spot the elusive Northern Shrike it's George Schreck. And he did.

George took this picture on March 4, 2013, near the old foundation across Buckley Road from the parking lot.

The Northern Shrike is a predatory songbird. Read more about it, and see a picture of one with its dinner . . .