Recreational Opportunities

Here are a few of the much-enjoyed events and activities that are available at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

Ecofriendly Camping

Our park has become popular with millennials who prefer environmentally friendly campsites with lots of space instead of commercial campgrounds with crowded together campsites and an overflow of RVs. The park has received high ratings based on campers reviews.

Campers can reserve campsites at Hipcamp often described as the Airbnb of the outdoors.

Our Park’s Hiking Trails

We use MyHikes to track our favorite trails. MyHikes makes hiking trails easier to find for hikers and back-packers:

Austin Dam Trail

Bayless Paper Mill Ruins Trail

Jones Run Connector Trail

Heritage Trout Challenge

The PA Fish Commission has reclassified Freeman Run north of Austin, PA as a Class A Wild Trout Stream.

The Austin Dam Memorial Park promotes the use of barbless hooks and Catch and Release. Catch and Release is a recreational fishing technique of conservation. Once caught, immediately returning the fish unharmed is the fishing preferred practice.

Therefor, the Austin Dam Memorial Association is introducing our Heritage Trout Challenge. During the months of April and May, kids under the age of 16 who can catch and release a native Brook Trout and a wild German Brown in their historic range within the Austin Dam Memorial Park on the same day, can provide photographs and describe the experience on our and receive a colorful, Pennsylvania Fishes Wall Chart. This fishing challenge promotes the importance of preserving our native fish and the natural fish habitats.

The Austin Dam Shows

Live music, camping, food and craft vendors come to the Austin Dam Memorial Park. The Dam Classic Rock Show, established since 2002, happens in August. The Park is also the venue for a Dam Bluegrass Show in July on the weekend before the Wood Carvers event.

A line-up of widely known musicians play at each 3-day event. Camping is included with the ticket.

Chainsaw Carvers Fair

An array of artistry comes to this annual event. In addition to being able to watch wood carvers at work on their pieces, which are available for purchase, festival goers can see timed carving contests and browse through various craft vendors as well as nosh at the food stands set up for the event.

Entertainment includes local solo artists and bands as well as Ceremonial Native Dancing. A rich blend of artistic tapestry blankets the Park for this week-long exhibit following the Dam Bluegrass Show in late July.

An auction of select pieces from the carvers and craft vendors draw a nice crowd to wrap up the event on Sunday afternoon. Be a wise owl and don’t miss out.

Summer Dam Jams

The Austin Dam Memorial Park hosts a number of musical events during the summer. Spectators bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and well stocked coolers. Many solo artists and bands have perform live music on our stage that normally quietly blends in naturally much of the year.

The stage also has been the setting of weddings, dancers, presentations and gatherings. It is equipped with electricity and can be covered with our canopy.

Dam Pow-Wow

The Dam Pow-Wow happens the last weekend in September. Hosted by Wolf Pack Pow-Wow Association, the event features Native American drumming and dancing with examples of Native-American crafts, arts, and food items.

The Austin Dam provides the backdrop for the Grand Entry that begins at noon each day, followed by the flag song and veterans song and continued with drummers and dancers performing throughout day. In addition to drummers and dancers, other entertainment includes chainsaw wood carvers making items on site.

The gathering is put together to honor and remember the 78 people who lost their lives during the 1911 flood and those who survived.

Terrifying Trail (If You Dare)

The Austin Dam Memorial Park gives an eerily appropriate setting for the Terrifying Trail event in October. The paths in and around the camping area south of the dam are transformed into an excellent "stage" for a cast of characters to present their scariest scenes!

The Austin Pride Committee has dozens of volunteers supporting the event between setup, actors, trail guides, food / refreshment stands and cleanup crews.

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Message from Park Resident

“Be an advocate for the conservation of the animals, plants, and their habitats. Help us ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the many incredible species that live within it.”

“When you visit the park preserve and protect the wildlife, and it's important to learn how species interact within their ecosystems, and how they're affected by human influences.”

Open to the public.

Please, stay off the Austin Dam ruins. This is a historical landmark. You are visiting a historic landmark, a place where a great tragedy occurred a century ago. This is a place of historical significance, and we expect that you will respect it as such. Stay away from the Bayless Pulp and Papermill ruins and view only from a safe distance.

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