The park is named for John Kooser. He settled near Kooser Spring in what is now the western edge of Kooser State Park. The earliest settlers to the Kooser Run area told of an American Indian battle that took place near Kooser Run. A large number of war arrows and spearheads have since been found in the area. The area was also crossed by participants in the Whiskey Rebellion.
The CCC established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression built a camp on the western edge of Kooser State Park. The young men of the CCC built the dam on Kooser Run creating Kooser Lake. They also built roads, outdoor fireplaces and cabins. Much of their work can still be seen today at the park.
Used by hikers, Kincora Trail was named in honor of Father Kincora, a Roman Catholic priest from Ireland. The trail is approximately 1 mile in length and ends near the park’s camping area.
Kooser Park Map http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd1/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_004005.pdf