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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 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

Monarch Migration and Milkweed

Saturday, October 17, 1 pm

Learn about monarchs and what milkweed means to them. Hands-on activities include making milkweed seed dirt balls and face-painting.


From Apples to Cider

Sunday, October 18, 2 pm

Bring apples and an empty jug and leave with fresh apple cider. Don't want that much? Come sit a spell, watch cider being pressed, and enjoy a glass with us for a donation.

Trail Race Results

And the winners are . . . posted here! Dozens of photos are on the race's Facebook page here.

20th Anniversary Book

In 1994, Salt Springs became the first PA state park to be funded and operated by a nonprofit volunteer organization - the Friends. This heavily illustrated book details the first 20 years of our adventure. Read more.

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September 2015 newsletter

Spring 2015 Newsletter, with 2014 Annual Report—and thanks to our sponsors, Farmers Insurance, Hallstead; and Nationwide, New Milford.

Video: Aerial excursion up and down the waterfalls along Fall Brook, by James Johnson

Video: Highlights of the 2013 Field, Forest and Falls Trail Race, by Alexander Manzek

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.

2014: The Year in Pictures

Salt Springs Park—Checklist of Birds

Field Notes

American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos

Crows are generally considered to be a nuisance. They damage crops and offend one's sense of peace with their raucous nattering. They take things that don't belong to them, they leave behind things we wish they wouldn't, and throughout history they've been associated with impending bad luck and even death.

However, crows deserve, and are gaining, a lot of respect, especially from scientists around the world. Why? Because they're astonishingly . . .

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 . . .