Loleta Recreation Area (Fee)

This small recreation area offers both family campsites (rustic tent sites and utility hookups are available) and group sites with picnic tables and firerings, pressurized water fountains and vault toilets. Campsite reservations are accepted (1-877-444-NRRS, or the website at http://www.recreation.gov) are accepted. First come, first serve sites are also available.

The day use area offers picnic tables, pavilions, grills, amphitheater, volleyball courts and a swim beach. The bathhouse has changing rooms, flush toilets and hot showers. There is a 3-mile hiking trail that starts and ends at Loleta. The trail passes a scenic overlook of the Millstone Valley. Loleta was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on the site where, just 20 years earlier, a bustling logging town of 600 inhabitants stood. Established in 1889, Loleta was typcial of boomtowns associated with the age of exploitation, when the hills of Pennsylvania were stripped of trees. The town had a large sawmill, shingle mill, broom handle factory, and a rail connection for shipping products to Sheffield, PA.

Once the timber supply was exhausted in 1913, the mills shut down and the town was dismantled and deserted. The Federal Government purchased the site in 1925, adding it to the newly formed Allegheny National Forest. In the 1930's the Forest Service reconstructed the old Loleta mill pond, using CCC labor, then added a bathhouse, swimming area, picnic shelters and landscaping. The distinctive quality of CCC workmanship is evident today in the dam stonework and the log construction of the old bathhouse. The camping loops were added in the 1960s.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/recarea/?recid=6103&actid=33

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Map: Loleta Recreation Area

Map: Loleta Recreation Area

This small recreation area offers both family campsites (rustic tent sites and utility hookups are available) and group sites with picnic tables and firerings, pressurized water fountains and vault toilets. Campsite reservations are accepted (1-877-444-NRRS, or the website at http://www.recreation.gov) are accepted. First come, first serve sites are also available.

The day use area offers picnic tables, pavilions, grills, amphitheater, volleyball courts and a swim beach. The bathhouse has changing rooms, flush toilets and hot showers. There is a 3-mile hiking trail that starts and ends at Loleta. The trail passes a scenic overlook of the Millstone Valley. Loleta was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on the site where, just 20 years earlier, a bustling logging town of 600 inhabitants stood. Established in 1889, Loleta was typcial of boomtowns associated with the age of exploitation, when the hills of Pennsylvania were stripped of trees. The town had a large sawmill, shingle mill, broom handle factory, and a rail connection for shipping products to Sheffield, PA.

Once the timber supply was exhausted in 1913, the mills shut down and the town was dismantled and deserted. The Federal Government purchased the site in 1925, adding it to the newly formed Allegheny National Forest. In the 1930's the Forest Service reconstructed the old Loleta mill pond, using CCC labor, then added a bathhouse, swimming area, picnic shelters and landscaping. The distinctive quality of CCC workmanship is evident today in the dam stonework and the log construction of the old bathhouse. The camping loops were added in the 1960s.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/recarea/?recid=6103&actid=33