County Parks and Recreation Facilities
Take advantage of the many recreational opportunities Indiana County offers. There are plenty of activities in every season for you to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the County.
Indiana County Parks & Trails is a park system based on the County's natural resources. There are 2,700 acres of parks, natural areas, and historic sites, plus an extensive regional trail system.
Facilites and activities are available year-round, including an extensive environmental education program series. The County Parks and Trails offer the chance to play, relax, improve health and fitness, and explore the natural world. See the map below for locations and trails.
Blue Spruce Park
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Blue Spruce Park is the headquarters of Indiana County Parks & Trails. It encompasses over 650 acres of land, which includes six miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, pavilions and lodges, playgrounds and a 12-acre lake open to trout fishing.
Vistors to the park can also visit the Master Gardener's Trial Garden to see the lastest floral and plant selections from the Penn State Gardener's Selct program, as well as explore the area for premier bird watching.
Located in southern Indiana County east of Blairsville, Pine Ridge Park is the third largest park in the county system. Its 635 acres include hiking trails, pavilions and lodge, playgrounds, and fishing along Tom’s Run.
It is also home to a 9-hole disc golf course and a lodge, which is available for rentals and frequently used for reunions, meetings, weddings and receptions and other various social gatherings.
Tucked back in the woods, Buttermilk Falls features a 45-foot waterfall and scenic woodland. At one time, it was owned by Fred McFeely, the grandfather of Fred Rogers of the children's television show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Fred Rogers recalls often visiting the waterfalls as a child. The site also includes a small picnic shelter and one-mile loop trail.
The 48 acre park was donated to Indiana County in 1995 by Keystone Conemaugh Group and has been set aside to protect unique and natural plant and animal communities.
Despite being the smallest of the Indiana County Parks at only 2 acres, Memorial Park, located in the heart of the Indiana Borough, is full of history. The park sits on what was once a church cemetery, and during the Civil War the site was used as a hiding spot for those traveling on the Underground Railroad. During the summer months, concerts are held at the park's bandstand.