Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year, our event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Winterfest kicks off on Friday morning with the mid-distance sled dog race, part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman State Park. The “Meet the Musher” supper will be held Friday afternoon at nearby Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.

On Saturday morning, Chapman State Park begins a long slate of activities, starting with Lobdell sled dog races, ice fishing and skiing. There will be  a whole host of events, vendors and refreshments under the Big Tent. The Canine Weight Pull starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. National-champion weight pulling dogs compete between Pavilion #1 and Pavilion #2.

The Sled Riding Hill will see the return of the Sled Racing Competition.  The Cardboard Box Derby will be managed by Warren Y.M.C.A. Tobaggan Races will return to the Sled Riding Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be the first-ever Outhouse Race Demo at the base of the Sled Riding Hill.

The Patrick Shine Memorial Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for  Saturday afternoon.

The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop passes through Chapman State Park. Snowmobilers riding the four-county Loop are welcome to stop at the park and enjoy Winterfest. Snowmobile dealers will return to this year’s event with a display and demo rides right on the trail.

In 2012, the Park opened an all-new dedicated Ice Skating Rink. The rink is behind the Environmental Learning Center (Old Park Office) as you enter the Park. Ice Skates will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the Warren Champions on Ice will give a figure skating presentation. A “Learn to Skate” program will be presented after the Champions on Ice presentation on Saturday afternoon. Another “Learn to Skate” session will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our Schedule page for details.

There will be a Geocaching Seminar in Yert #2 on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Cachers will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Yurt #1 next to the Park Campground from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions on the events or you want to find a place to stay overnight, please call the Chapman State Park office at (814) 723 - 0250. Once you arrive at the Park for Winterfest, you can ask the Fire Police for instructions or visit the information booth at the Big Tent.

See you at Winterfest!


Welcome to Winterfest!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

January 15-17, 2016

Please keep your pets at home!

Chapman State Park

4790 Chapman Dam Road

Clarendon, PA 16313

(814)  723 - 0250

GPS Coordinates (Park Office)

41* 45.454  N

079* 10.269 W

Local tourism office:

Warren County Visitors Bureau

22045 Route 6

Warren, PA 16365

  1. (800) 624 - 7802 or

  2. (814) 726 - 1222