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Bradford Ranger District- The beautiful Bradford Ranger District encompasses the northern portion of Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. Recreation opportunities abound in this area. Visitors enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and an excellent variety of water sports. Scenic drives allow the visitor to view Pennsylvania's spectacular northern scenery while offering an opportunity to see the abundant resident wildlife.
Marienville Ranger District- The beautiful Marienville Ranger District encompasses the southern portion of Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. Recreation opportunities abound in this area. Much like the northern Bradford Ranger District, visitors enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and an excellent variety of water sports. The spectacular scenery offers breathtaking views at a number of overlooks while providing an opportunity to see the abundant resident wildlife.

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Allegheny National Forest
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Allegheny National Forest
Description - Located in northwest Pennsylvania, the Allegheny National Forest spans an area of over a half million acres offering superb outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, viewing wildlife, camping and much more. Despite the area's cold winters, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and ice fishermen brave the temperatures to enjoy the spruce and hardwood forests amidst the rolling landscape. Features within the Allegheny include: Hearts Content and Tionesta National Scenic Areas; Hickory Creek and Allegheny River Islands Wilderness Areas; the Allegheny and Clarion Wild and Scenic Rivers; Allegheny National Recreation Area; Longhouse National Scenic Byway; North Country National Scenic Trail; Tracy Ridge National Recreation Trail; and Black Cherry National Recreation Interpretive Trail.

Attractions - The Allegheny National Forest encompasses 513,161 acres. It is within easy driving distance of several metropolitan areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.

Special Areas within the Allegheny include: Hearts Content and Tionesta National Scenic Areas; Hickory Creek and Allegheny River Islands Wilderness Areas; the Allegheny and Clarion Wild and Scenic Rivers; Allegheny National Recreation Area; Longhouse National Scenic Byway; North Country National Scenic Trail; Tracy Ridge National Recreation Trail; and Black Cherry National Recreation Interpretive Trail.

Allegheny Reservoir is located at the north end of the Forest. The reservoir is 24 miles long and has 91 miles of shoreline. Tionesta Reservoir sits at the southwest end of the Forest. These reservoirs offers boating, waterskiing, fishing and camping opportunities.

Tionesta Scenic Area is located seven miles south of Ludlow and eight miles west of Kane. The Scenic Area is part of a 4000-acre tract of old growth forest purchased by the federal government in 1936. This secluded area is nearly roadless and offers great opportunities for solitude and nature study. The area is a typical plateau cut by streams, with flat uplands and steep-sided valleys. Several trails pass through the area. Overnight camping, mountain bikes and vehicles off designated roads are not permitted.

The Hickory Creek Wilderness is located on the Bradford Ranger District and covers 8,663 acres. The gentle to moderate terrain is drained by East Hickory Creek and Middle Hickory Creek. Much of the area is heavily forested. Seven islands in the Allegheny River, totaling 368 acres, are part of the Allegheny River Islands Wilderness. They are characterized by river bottom forest trees such as willow, sycamore and silver maple. The islands are located between Buckaloons Recreation Area and Tionesta, PA.

Recreation - The Allegheny offers a full range of year round outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of these include boating, fishing, water skiing, canoeing, camping, hiking and sightseeing.

The Allegheny has 17 developed campgrounds, some with electric hookups. There are no water or sewage hookups at individual sites. Five primitive campgrounds located on the shores of Allegheny Reservoir can be reached only by boat or hiking trails. Dispersed camping is allowed in most areas of the Allegheny.

Boating is a popular activity on the Allegheny National Forest. Boating and fishing opportunities exist on the Tionesta, Brokenstraw and Conewango Creeks; the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers, the Allegheny and Tionesta Reservoirs, Beaver Meadows Recreation Area, and Chapman State Park near Clarendon.

Hiking trails exist throughout the Forest. There are not any marked equestrian trails, but does allow horse use anywhere except in campgrounds, and on hiking and ski trails. The Forest has many closed and abandoned roads that can be connected for your own personalized trail ride. Most equestrian use on the Forest occurs in the Kellettville, Duhring and Scandia areas. Most trails including snowmobile trails, general open roads and gated roads are available for use by mountain bikers.

Climate - This area experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can bring cold temperatures and often bring snow for winter recreation activities. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, with normally mild temperatures but occasional seasonal fluctuations. Summers bring warm and sometimes hot temperatures, making the waters of the Allegheny National Forest attractive.

Location - The Allegheny National Forest is located in northwest Pennsylvania. It lies on the east side of the Allegheny River. The Forest Headquarters is located in Warren, with Forest offices also located in Bradford, Marienville and Ridgway.


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Filed By: christopher fulkman (tidioute, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I liked the area so much that i moved here from a big city! Some of the things to think about before heading into the forest is to take plenty of warm dry clothes, food supplies, and a compass. We get lots of lost hikers up here and even the summer nights can get very cold. A great attraction in september is the Pennsylvania State Fishing Tourneyment located in Tidioute (where I live). It offers great food, rides, and lots of fun. If anybody would like information on this area, feel free to email me.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: four possible people to backpack around the national forest. if anybody has some information to share all would be appriciated. we need park headquarter times of operation to get a map of the area.

Filed By: Jeff
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Minister Creek Trail in the fall great, short loop for a quick overnighter, choose clockwise direction and lunch around the rugged rock outcroppings. Overnight at the far end of the loop in very remote and scenic sites, some firepits established, but otherwise very primative and pristine. Nice creek for water supply at tent area. Note, there is a route straight down the center of the loop following the creek. You can take this for a fast route in to set up camp late in the day. (approx. 1 1/2 hours down the center to camp, 2-3 hours on either side of loop to camp)


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Contact Information:
Allegheny National Forest, 222 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 847 , Warren, PA, 16365, Phone: 814-723-5150, Fax: 814-726-1465, TTY: 814-726-2710
, r9_allegheny_nf@fs.fed.us

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Chapman State Park - Chapman State Park lies adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands No. 29, and includes a 68-acre lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. This park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Kinzua Dam And Allegheny Reservoir - The Allegheny Reservoir spans the border between Pennsylvania and New York. In Pennsylvania, the reservoir is completely surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and in New York State by Allegheny State Park and the Allegheny Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation.
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.

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Allegheny National Forest - Official agency Website

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