Allegheny National Forest
You'll find many recreation opportunities here, including swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking and camping, and leisurely scenic drives. Dirt bikers, ATVers, cross country skiers, mountain bikers and snowmobilers will love the loop trails that wind throughout the hills. Foot trails ranging from one half mile interpretive trails, to the 87 mile North Country National Scenic Trail, traverse the terrain. Several reservoirs and over 700 miles of streams offer outstanding fishing opportunities. Congress designated 87 miles of the Allegheny River, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System to protect its natural, cultural and recreational features. There are over one hundred undeveloped islands, including seven wilderness islands included in this stretch of river. The Hickory Creek Wilderness, Allegheny Islands Wilderness, and Allegheny National Recreation Areas offer rare opportunities to view unique ecosystems in a quiet, undisturbed setting. Whether you want to go bird or animal watching, this is the place to go for outdoor lovers of each and every age! Make this National Forest your next destination today!
You'll find boating on the Allegheny National Forest an outstanding recreation experience. Provides boating information 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, PA.
Mountain biking has increased in popularity so much on the Allegheny National Forest that it's not uncommon to see bikers during all seasons. Biking the area: Snowmobile trails, roads open to motorized travel and gated roads are available for use by mountain bikers. ATV trails are best suited for expert or extreme riding; many will find them too rough for riding.
The Allegheny National Forest area is accessible from I-90, I-79, I-80 and PA 219 in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania. Planning your loops: Get a good road map and check it closely. It's easy to combine or alter the loops we've described to meet your needs. All mileages are approximate.
When a camping area is closed for the season, camping is prohibited. The Allegheny National Forest has decided to close the potable water system in the lower loop of Twin Lakes Campground for the 2010 camping season. High levels of barium have been found in routine tests of this water system. Barium poses risks to human health. Campers will be able to obtain potable water in the upper loop and at the bathhouse since these areas are on a different water source that is unaffected. The dump station will also remain functional. Go to http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/recreation/camping/ for more information.
The forest offers the angler a variety of fishing opportunities, from small native brook trout streams to trophy fishing for musky, pike and walleye in the Allegheny Reservoir. As you use the site, you will find much useful information to guide you in your fishing adventures. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required to fish on the Allegheny National Forest. Seasons vary according to species. Consult PA State Fishing Regulations. The forest provides some of the finest warm water fishing in northwestern Pennsylvania. Several reservoirs and over 500 miles of pristine streams offer outstanding fishing opportunities. The Allegheny reservoir (a 12,000 acre impoundment on the Allegheny River) is the largest reservoir on the Forest. Fish species found in the Reservoir include smallmouth bass, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, channel catfish and some brown trout. Tributary streams flowing into the Reservoir, as well as the streams located throughout the Forest, offer excellent cold-water fishing experiences. Some streams are stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout while others have natural populations of brook trout.
The forest offers over 20 northern and southern trails combined.
The Allegheny National Forest region is rich in cultural resources. Items of interest range from the Seneca Indians to Buckaloons, to the discovery of oil and its effects on development.
Horse use is allowed in most places on the ANF, however, there are a few places where horse use is prohibited.
The Allegheny National Forest is rich in wildlife. 37 different species of wildlife are trapped or hunted, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey and black bear.
Off Highway Vehicles
The forest offers several ATV and snowmobile trails, according to season.
Picnicking is allowed.
Permissible length of stay is fourteen (14) days. Leaving your campsite unoccupied during the first night after equipment has been set up, or leaving equipment for more than 24 hours thereafter, is prohibited.
The forest offers several swimming and canoeing opportunities.
The forest offers several skiing and snowmobiling opportunities. There are miles of trail designated for X-C skiing. The only groomed cross country ski trail on the Allegheny National Forest is Laurel Mill Cross Country Ski Trail (outside of Ridgway), all other trails are not groomed. Trail users should be aware of local trail conditions, other vehicle traffic - especially commercial truck traffic and other potential safety hazards. Many of the snowmobile trails are on joint use roads. Users should be aware that they may encounter vehicles at any time.
Snows during winter. Optimal visiting times run from April to October. Current weather conditions from the National Weather Service are updated continually: http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KBFD.html
Located in the rugged plateau country of northwestern Pennsylvania, the Allegheny National Forest is within easy driving distance of several metropolitan areas including Lake Erie to the northwest, Buffalo, New York to the north, and the Youngstown-Akron-Cleveland, Ohio areas to the west.