Exploring Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County

Bilger's Rocks is a 300 million year old rock outcropping in Clearfield County Pennsylvania.

Bilger’s Rocks is part of a 170-acre community park, open to the public and located just minutes from Curwensville in central Clearfield County.

Standing in the midst of giant boulders at Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County.
Standing in the midst of giant boulders at Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County

Billed by the Bilger’s Rocks Association (the group that owns and maintains the park) as “Pennsylvania’s Best Rock Outcropping”, this 300 million year-old natural “rock city” is a must-see for fans of geology and all things megalithic!

Taking in the scene at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Taking in the scene at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Bilger’s Rocks FAQs

What is the street address for Bilger’s Rocks?

1921 Bilger’s Rocks Rd
Grampian, PA 16838
Bilgers Rocks Visitors Center in Grampian PA

Can I navigate to Bilger’s Rocks using GPS coordinates?

Yes – use GPS coordinates 40.99329, -78.59315 to navigate to the parking lot at Bilger’s Rocks.
A map to Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County Pennsylvania.

What are the giant rock formations at Bilger’s Rocks made out of?

Sandstone.
A box canyon at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, PA

Who is Bilger’s Rocks named after?

The original European settler on the property, Jacob Bilger.
Entrance to Bilgers Rocks along Bilgers Rocks Road.

How old is the “rock city” at Bilger’s Rocks?

Over 300 million years old.
So old, in fact, that the Pangaea “supercontinent” was still intact at the time!
Bilgers Rocks sign near the entrance to the park.

Are there trails to follow at Bilger’s Rocks?

Yes – there are numerous trails you can follow to explore the “rock city” portion of the park, as well as numerous other trails on the 170-acre property.
Bilgers Rocks Trail Map near the parking area.

What else is there to do at Bilger’s Rocks?

Camping, picnicking, bird-watching, and mountain-biking, to name a few.
There is also a stage and large covered picnic pavilion that can be rented.
Rental stage at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.

What are the hours at Bilger’s Rocks park?

Year round from dawn until dusk.
Playground at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.

Is there an admission fee to Bilger’s Rocks?

No – it is free to visit Bilger’s Rocks, although there are donation boxes scattered around the premises.
One of the many passageways through the boulders at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, PA.


Visiting Bilger’s Rocks

The 20-acre boulder field that makes up Bilger’s Rocks is a result of tectonic forces, gravity, and millions of years of erosion and freeze-thaw cycles.

Visiting Bilger's Rocks which is touted as being one of PEnnsylvania's best rock outcroppings.
Visiting Bilger’s Rocks, which is touted as being one of Pennsylvania’s best rock outcroppings.

A maze of passageways, caves, canyons, and overhangs, kids of all ages love exploring Bilger’s Rocks!

Exploring one of the caves at Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County.
Exploring one of the caves at Bilger’s Rocks

Some passageways are wide-open, others not so much!

A crevice barely wide enough to walk through at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
A crevice barely wide enough to walk through at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Although there are specific trails you can follow, it’s fun to wander around and explore Bilger’s Rocks freestyle as well.

Exploring one of the passageways at Bilgers Rocks.
Exploring one of the passageways at Bilger’s Rocks.

Unique Features at Bilger’s Rocks

Near the Bilger’s Rocks Road entrance to the boulder field, you’ll find a carving from 1921 featuring a globe and the phrase “The World is Looking to Us”, a sentiment that echoed the United States’ stature in the world after WWI.

The World is Looking To Us rock carving from 1921 at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County Pennsylvania.
“The World is Looking To Us” rock carving from 1921 at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Many plants and trees have established themselves in the nooks and crannies between the boulders at Bilger’s Rocks, leading to some interesting root formations.

Checking out the tree roots clinging to the rock formations at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
Checking out the tree roots clinging to the rock formations at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Honestly, I find the tree roots at Bilger’s Rocks to be as interesting as the rock formations themselves!

The tree roots at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County are almost as interesting as the rocks themselves.
The tree roots at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County are almost as interesting as the rocks themselves.

Bilger’s Rocks is also home to a fascinating array of ice formations in the winter.

Massive ice formations at Bilger’s Rocks.

Bilger’s Run flows through the park, to the east of the boulder field.

Bilgers Run near Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County PA.
Bilger’s Run near Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County, PA.

Downstream from the rock formations you’ll find the remnants of a water-powered sawmill that dates back to 1851.

The 1851 water-powered saw mill along Bilger's Run at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
The 1851 water-powered saw mill along Bilger’s Run at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

A dam built across Bilger’s Run served to help power the sawmill.

The 1851 stone dam on Bilger's Run at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
The 1851 stone dam on Bilger’s Run at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Scattered around the campground and playground area at Bilger’s Rocks you’ll find numerous wood carvings of rather odd faces.

A wooden face carving at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County Pennsylvania
A wooden face carving at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Hiking at Bilger’s Rocks

Bilger’s Rocks makes a great hiking trip any time of the year.

The entrance to Bilgers Rocks near Grampian Pennsylvania.
The entrance to Bilger’s Rocks.

In the summer months, the temperatures feel a good 10-15 degrees cooler down in the passageways between the boulders than they do up top near the parking area.

Visiting Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County PA
Staying cool at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

The rocks can certainly be more slippery in the winter, but the tradeoff is that you will often have the place to yourself!

Exploring ice formations at Bilgers Rocks in Clearfield County PA
Exploring ice formations at Bilger’s Rocks.

Not only are there trails between the boulders, but through the forest and along the stream that runs through this 170-acre property as well.

Some of the fascinating tree roots at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
Some of the fascinating tree roots at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

I can’t recommend hiking at Bilger’s Rocks highly enough – one visit and you’ll see why!

Climbing through a rocky jungle at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
Climbing through a rocky jungle at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Nearby Attractions

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is 12 miles away, and is the only remaining covered bridge in Clearfield County.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge Clearfield County Pennsylvania
McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County.

The Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century “frontier” architecture.

Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Parker Dam State Park is a 968-acre expanse in Clearfield County featuring a tranquil lake, a beach area, scenic vistas, and miles of hiking trails.

Taking in the scenery at Parker Dam State Park in Clearfield County.
Parker Dam State Park in Clearfield County.

At the Grice Museum in Clearfield you’ll find nearly 70 classic cars on display, along with hundreds of taxidermy mounts of wild game animals from around the globe.

The best things to see and do at the Grice Museum in Clearfield Pennsylvania.
The Grice Museum in downtown Clearfield, PA.

Doolittle Station in DuBois is an eclectic mix of restaurants, museums, a brewery, and a bed and breakfast, all housed in historic train cars!

Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois Pennsylvania.
Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois.

The Presidential Train Car Bed and Breakfast at Doolittle Station in DuBois is your chance to spend the night on a perfectly-preserved tain car built for early 1900s railroad tycoons!

The dining room area at the front of the Presidential Train Car bed and breakfast at Doolittle Station.
The dining room area at the front of the Presidential Train Car Bed and Breakfast at Doolittle Station.

The Ultimate Clearfield County Road Trip maps out a 109 mile adventure to see the best natural and man-made attractions in Clearfield County!

A roadmap to six of the best things to see in Clearfield County, PA

Hiking the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County introduces you to a 4.57 mile-long hike that takes you past two fantastic vistas, as well as another incredible Pennsylvania “rock city”.

Hiking through the rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County
Rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County.

Beartown Rocks in Jefferson County features an exceptional scenic overlook perched high atop a “rock city” dating back to the last Ice Age!

Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.
Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.

Black Moshannon State Park is a magnificent year-round state park located in neighboring Centre County.

Sunset at Black Moshannon State Park as viewed from a kayak.
Kayaking at Black Moshannon State Park.

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