The South Overlook Trail at Cowanesque Lake Recreation Area near
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania is an easy 0.1-mile out-and-back trail that
leads down to an old defunct parking area on the south side of the lake.
This recording, not technically a trail, leads down what used to be the South Overlook at the lake. The parking lot has been in disrepair for quite a while and thus the gate that closes off the lot is currently closed, as of October 2019.
This recording heads into the parking area for a short walk to see what used to exist here, but there's really not much to see other than a view of the lake from the southern shore.
Congress authorized the construction of Cowanesque Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, to reduce the impact of storms such as Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The primary goal of the project was to reduce risk of flooding to communities in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania. Since the project began, the dam has saved millions of dollars in flood damage and continues to protect surrounding communities to this day.
Hikers can find parking at the coordinates provided - directly in front of the gate to the lot. Do not block the gate. There's enough room for a few cars to pull off of the road and not block the gate.
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker. Beware of broken glass and things of that nature in the old parking lot.
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