Blue Spruce Park
1128 Blue Spruce Rd., Indiana, PA 15701
40o 41' 20.628" N 79o 9' 54.202" W
Facilities | Festival
of Lights | Bird List
Directions | Park Map | Hunting
Indiana County established Blue Spruce Park in 1966, but
recreation use of the site first occurred in the early part
of the century. Cummins Dam (also known locally as Cummings
Dam with a "g") was constructed in 1908 and enlarged
in 1912. The dam was built by the Buffalo, Rochester and
Pittsburgh Railway and was named after an early landowner,
J.D. Cummins. (Learn more about Cummings Dam.)
For many years damage to locomotives by acid mine water
was one of the railroad's largest expenses. The diluted
sulfuric acid ate through the locomotive boilers and shortened
their working lifespan. In an effort to cut these expenses
railroads began purchasing large quantities of land to protect
watersheds for pure sources of water. This is why Cummins
Dam was built.
Purchase of the original parkland (377 acres) was completed
by 1966 and work on clearing the site and dredging the dam
began. By 1968 the park was open to the public. An additional
41 acres was acquired in 1981. Another 232 acres was added
to the park in 2001, making the total park acreage 650 acres,
or slightly larger than one square mile.
An historical marker honoring Bernice
Gera, a native of nearby Ernest, PA, is located in the
park. Gera was the first female umpire to work in a professional
park has four pavilions and two lodges available for public
rental. The pavilions seat groups from 35 to 250 people.
Blue Spruce Lodge accommodates 100 people and the Lakside
Center (shown here) has an indoor capacity of 50 people,
with extra seating available on a large deck area.
Other features at the park include two playgrounds, a volleyball
court, horseshoe court, areas for games and sports and a
12- acre lake stocked with trout. The park also contains
six miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Check
out our cross-country
skiing page for information about skiing opportunities
at Blue Spruce and our other parks.
Also located in the park is the Indiana County Master
Gardener's Trial Garden where visitors can view the
latest floral and plant selections from the Penn State Gardener's
Select program. The garden is located near the park's Lakeside
Festival of Lights
The Blue Spruce Park Festival of Lights has become a holiday
tradition for many county residents and visitors to the
area. Check out our Festival
of Lights page for more information.
A comprehensive Blue
Spruce Park bird list is available in PDF format. This
list was compiled by Margaret Higbee using data collected
by the Todd Bird Club in conjunction with the Special Areas
Project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology.
Blue Spruce Park is located six miles north of Indiana,
one mile off PA Route 110 near the communities of Ernest
and Creekside. A directional map
with written directions is available.
A detailed map
of the park in PDF format is available. This is a large
file that may take several moments to appear on your screen.
The image may be difficult to read on the screen but will
clearly show all text and graphics when printed or enlarged.
A close-up map of the park
facilities is also available. This map shows the location
of all pavilions, restrooms, playgrounds, and other amenities.
Portions of the park are open to hunting. A map
of hunting areas is available. Most hunting takes place
between October and December, but various seasons are open
throughout the year. Check the PA
Game Commission's website for a complete list of hunting
seasons. Hunting is also available on a good bit of private land in Indiana County. See the map of private lands open to hunting in Indiana County
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