Moncove Lake State Park
Moncove Lake State Park
Tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state lies Moncove Lake State Park. Located in the pastoral setting of Monroe County, Moncove Lake State Park seems worlds away from everyday realities. With all park facilities located within easy walking distance, this is the place to enjoy the simple things in life.
Local groups and individuals have been using the park for years as a location for social outdoor gatherings, a place to do some quiet reading, take a stroll, or to put a fishing line in the water. In more recent years, campers have discovered the quiet, easy-paced life in this area and have been returning on a regular basis. Even during the busier summer months lazy afternoons are commonplace and a moments rest is only a sunset away. However, for your best chance at total quiet and solitude the spring and fall seasons present the best opportunities. Moncove Lake contains 250 acres designated as a state park as well as an adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Management Area and 144 acre lake.
Hunting is allowed on the 500 acres of land which is used for wildlife management. The area is managed for small game, however deer and wild turkey abound. Ducks and Geese can be hunted during the regular migratory hunting season. While in the state park all guns, bows and broadheads must be in an approved case.
The area in and around Moncove Lake is a birding hot spot due to nearby Peter's Mountain and the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges act as funnels for birds migrating in the fall and present excellent chances to glimpse birds that are considered rare or unusual for this region. Over 160 species of birds have been sighted in and around the area surrounding the lake. On Peter's Mountain during peak days in September, Broad Winged hawks are counted by the hundreds, and migrating hawks of nearly every eastern species and numerous songbirds can be seen throughout the month of September and into October. For more information on the fall hawk migration, click on the link below for Hanging Rock Hawk Tower.
There are five hiking trails on the park and surrounding Wildlife Management Area that guests can enjoy. The trails are relatively short with the longest being around 2 miles, although the terrain may cause them to seem longer. Anyone interested in longer or sustained hikes may want to investigate the nearby Allegheny Trail on Peter's Mountain which runs the length of the state, the southern terminus of which connects to the Appalachian Trail. While hiking in this area, you are almost certain to encounter some of the wildlife found here. Be on the lookout for white-tail deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, coyote, squirrels, chipmunks, and beaver.
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