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


Welcome

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.






Camping

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.





Hiking

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.








Pavilions

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
2020—Welcome!

After a January thaw, the park is once again encased in ice and snow. Come on out and enjoy the winter!

2019—It Was a Very Good Year

2019 was a grand success, filled with both tangible and intangible good works. Here's a recap:

Tenants again occupy our rental house and apartment, generating needed income and fostering a comfortable, lived-in atmosphere. The annual Celebration was our best ever, with record attendance and income. Membership numbers are record high, and we were the recipients of several grants and many donations.

Because maintaining the park's infrastructure so that the public can safely enjoy varied types of outdoor experiences is a huge part of our mission, here is a (not exhaustive) list of tangible repairs and improvements FSSP board members, staff, and volunteers completed in just one short, fast-paced year. Kudos to all.

  • New wall-mounted propane furnace installed in the Calvin (rental) House (with DCNR paying 80%; balance, donor funded)
  • Flooded campgrounds and day use areas cleared of trash, debris, and downed trees (volunteers)
  • Cabins 2 and 3 cleaned and repaired (volunteers, Rock Solid Landscaping, donor funded)
  • Washout along the Overlook Trail repaired (donor funded; see photos bottom right)
  • The salt spring restored (retrenched, stone work rebuilt, cleared of silt and debris; volunteers, including the Barnard family and Southwestern Energy employees; see below)
  • Septic system (for Wheaton and Calvin houses) replaced (DCNR and donor funded)
  • Organic garden cleared of debris, re-fenced (volunteers)
  • Trails completely re-marked, with painted symbols replacing faded plastic arrows (Trails Committee)
  • New routed signs (roughly 30% of what is needed) placed along several trails (George Thompson, Eagle Scout project)
  • New park signs installed at the entrance (DCNR)
  • A section of Buckley Road (west of Salt Springs Road) repaired (FSSP, Scott family)
  • Park directional signs repainted (volunteers)
  • Six bat boxes built and installed (Jack Martin, Eagle Scout project)
  • Boardwalk repairs completed (rotted wood replaced, railing raised for better drainage; Southwestern Energy volunteers, donor funded)
  • Memorial bench installed in the new Memorial Garden (funded and placed by the Susquehanna County Land Owners Association in memory of Robert Wagner)
  • 60 trees and shrubs planted (donated by the Penn State Master Gardeners, planted by the Environmental Ed Committee and volunteers)

Park Flooding August 2018

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP
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.

We've made a lot of progress, including rebuiling the back parking lot, rebuilding the Williams Pavilion floor, and replacing the Calvin House furnace and septic system. But there's a ways to go, too. We still need to replace the footbridge, relocate and rebuild the Barn Pavilion, and restore electricity to the campgrounds. But we're getting there, and we still need your help.

Here's a detailed description of the damage the park suffered a year ago.

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 September through December 2019 programs

Join Us!

May 2019 Newsletter, with our 2018 Annual Report

Salt Springs Park—Checklist of Birds




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Media Coverage
Videos

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


Articles

"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.