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


Salt Springs Park

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

Salt Springs: How a Committed Group of Volunteers Keeps a Park Alive While Honoring the Past

This is the title and cover of a book about us, the Friends of Salt Springs Park, the nonprofit organization that has funded and managed Salt Springs Park since 1994. It will be available for sale at the Celebration on Saturday, August 30, for $14. Pre-orders are welcome.

We describe who we are, what we've done, what we're doing now, and why. It's filled with dozens of color photos that illustrate the transformation of Salt Springs from an unkempt yet beloved nook in the woods into a treasured destination for thousands of people each year.

Mushrooms and Mycelia

Saturday, August 23, 1 p.m.

Learn about these amazing living organisms. A brief discussion and slide show will be followed by a trail walk.


Family Fishing Fun

Sunday, August 24, 9 a.m.

Fishing demos and fishing games for the little ones. Bring rod, tackle, and picnic lunch for some fun in the streams.

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.

Here's a turn-by-turn description of the race courses (long and short) for those who want to come practice.

We thank our trail race sponsors:

Dawn and Jerry Washo, Resource     Environmental Management, Montrose

Russell S. Miller, Leatherstocking,     Susquehanna County

Progressive Dental, Montrose

Confluence Running, Binghamton, NY

New Shoe Store, Montrose

Broadline Construction

John Rihl, Friendsville Heating and Air     Conditioning

Ted Parks of Parks' Garage, Friendsville

Griffis Lumber, Montrose

Montrose Sporting Goods, Montrose

If you'd like to be a sponsor too, or help out on the day of the race, let us know. We'd appreciate the help!

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

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

Spring 2014 Newsletter, with annual report

July 2014 newsletter

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Facebook Page

Upcoming Programs

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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 . . .