2018-07-19 / Front Page

Water Holes Offer Relief From Heat

Roundup of cooling off spots
Cassidy Pittman STAFF WRITER


Esther Run is one of the five tributaries of Big Cove Creek. Found in Buchanan State Forest, its location has hiking trails, picnic tables and pertinent information on camping regulations. Water is below calf-level in most cases, but due to heavy rains always check the strength of the current and depth before allowing little ones to enter. Esther Run is one of the five tributaries of Big Cove Creek. Found in Buchanan State Forest, its location has hiking trails, picnic tables and pertinent information on camping regulations. Water is below calf-level in most cases, but due to heavy rains always check the strength of the current and depth before allowing little ones to enter. Fulton County is home to many picturesque settings. For those looking for ones that offer relief from this summer’s humid heat, try cooling off in these five local bodies of water that are within a 45-minute drive of practically anywhere in the county.

Cowans Gap

Located on Aughwick Road in Todd Township, the state park is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Although there is no lifeguard on duty, Cowans Gap offers a designated swimming area at its 42- acre lake, along with a sandy beach, changing facilities, and a concession stand that are all open seasonally. This area is great for swimming, wading, and boating.


Cowans Gap, Aughwick Road, Todd Township Cowans Gap, Aughwick Road, Todd Township Big Cove Creek

Big Cove Creek is a 19.9-milelong creek that winds through Fulton County on both private and state lands. Picnic areas can be found near Esther Run, which is part of the Buchanan State Forest. The creek is shallow in most places, but with the amount of rain received so far this summer, be sure to keep an eye on current strength. This area is great for wading, crawfishing, and splashing around.

James Buchanan Birthplace

Located on Stony Batter Road near Mercersburg, the state park memorializing James Buchanan’s birthplace offers trails, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Buck Run flows through the park and is home to native trout. This area is great for wading and splashing around but be careful of the current after a rainstorm.


James Buchanan Birthplace, Stony Batter Road, Mercersburg James Buchanan Birthplace, Stony Batter Road, Mercersburg Saunderosa Park

Located on Little Cove Road off Route 16 west of Cove Gap, Saundorosa Park offers camping and many other nature inspired activities. It is also home to a swimming pool that is open to the public during the summer. For only $3 per person, the pool is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Swimmers must first check in at the office before visiting the pool. A lifeguard is on duty for safety.

When swimming or splashing around in unguarded waters be aware of your surroundings. Always check for snakes or stinging insects before allowing yourself or children to enter the water. Though most places have water shallow enough to sit comfortably in, be aware of the deeper pools, and stay away from murky waters and strong currents.

These are also areas kept beautiful by thoughtful guests cleaning up after themselves, so be sure to take your trash with you when you leave and don’t leave any food behind.



Saunderosa Park, Little Cove Road, Mercersburg Saunderosa Park, Little Cove Road, Mercersburg

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