The Ice Mine is a seasonal operation. We open every year on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day.
The Coudersport Ice Mine was accidentally discovered in 1894 by Billy O'Neil while he was using a divining rod to try and locate a silver mine which was thought to be somewhere in Ice mountain. When Mr. O'Neil started digging, he found layers of ice, not silver. In time, the digging continued until the shaft was 10' long, 8 wide and some 30'deep. The Ice Mine is located in the side of a hill completely sheltered from the sun and wind. Ice begins to form in April and is usually melted by October. Edwin Swift Balch has described the Ice Mine as a true "glaciere naturelle" or natural refrigerator. He states that even though the Coudersport Ice Mine is small, it is the most impressive one known in the eastern United States.
Greg Snowman was Cherry Springs State Park’s former Astronomer. He is THE guy who gave the programs at the park to thousands of people from around the world. Now he’s on his own and you can tap into his expertise for an amazing experience. Don’t forget to ask about his exclusive Astro Field Viewing area.
The largest miniature golf course in a 100-mile radius, covering 3/4 of an acre with a 27-hole country-western theme. Zip line and the best gem mining in the area. One-acre pond with paddle boat rentals. Feed the ducks and fish. Our picnic pavilion seats 75 people - perfect for parties, family reunions, and groups functions. Hand-dipped ice cream, delicious cheese steaks, famous corn dogs, and more. Fun for the whole family!
The 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in McKean County, is the home of the reinvented Kinzua Viaduct.
The Viaduct, once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado during 2003.
Reinvented as a pedestrian walkway during 2011, visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, and gaze down through the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.
The Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office features great views, self-guiding exhibits, and information about the surrounding area.
Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. Fish for native brook trout in Kinzua Creek. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.
Open to ATV use only, this area offers about 43 miles of designated trails. The terrain is mostly hard packed and smooth with gradual elevation changes. The trails are marked and form both long and short loops.
The trail system has several trailheads to choose from but the Lyman Run State Park staging area is limited to five trailers and machines must be hauled to and from the campground since there is no direc trail access.
Primitive camping is permitted alongside the trails but a permit is required which can be obtained by contacting the Susquehannock State Forest. Potter County Family Campground offers full RV hookups along with direct trail access.
Believe it or not, only 10 percent of Americans have seen a truly dark sky. Call it an unfortunate side effect of urban life or a necessary casualty of industrialization. Either way, the city lights have overtaken our view of the stars in many places in the U.S. But not here at Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA.
Our grandparents remember what dark skies looked like--and at Cherry Springs State Park, you can experience the sky as they did. One of the top dark sky destinations in the world (and the "Gold Level Dark Sky Park" designation from the International Dark Sky Association to prove it), Cherry Springs presents skies for studying, gazing, or gaining a better understanding of our place in the universe.