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


Welcome

Salt Springs Park


It's spring, and it's even beginning to feel like it. Come for one of our hikes, or strike out on your own to watch the colors return. Photo courtesy of George Schreck.

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.






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

We have two pavilions. The Barn Pavilion (pictured) is an 1820s threshing barn, and the Williams Pavilion is a new building, slightly larger than the other. 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 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

Memorial Weekend Events

Kick off the weekend under the stars. On Saturday, May 23, our Star Party begins at 8 pm, with tips about telescopes and then star-gazing in the field. On Sunday, May 24, 8 pm, take a Virtual Bike Ride Across America. Jim Yeich biked across the country and shares his experience in stories and a slideshow. On Monday, May 25, 1:30 pm, our Bike the Border ride will help you work off those holiday chips to get ready for the next BBQ.





Here's a Super way to spend a day with your dad! This race is sponsored by the YMCA of Binghamton and the Friends of Salt Springs Park and will be held at Salt Springs on Sunday, June 21st. The proceeds will help fund the Y's youth activities, and there are prize drawings. Note - superhero costumes are encouraged!




Register Now—Trail Race

Register now for our Field, Forest and Falls trail race on September 5. Details and registration form and a route map are now available.




Engaging Portrait of Salt Springs

The April 2015 issue of Penn Lines, Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative's monthly publication, includes an article about Salt Springs Park and the Friends. Written by Jeff Fetzer, it encapsulates the history of this place from the late 1700s to the present. Enjoy this short narrative about Salt Springs Park.




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.




A Year at Salt Springs


It's much easier to show you than tell you about all the work and play that get crammed into one year at Salt Springs. The newest pages in our Photo Album, 2014 Highlights, are a good place to start. Enjoy!




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May 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—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 . . .