Recreation

The Allegheny has a rich variety of outdoor activities. There are over 600 campsites, 6 boat launches, 6 canoe access sites, 2 nationally designated wilderness areas; 2 wild and scenic rivers and many miles of hiking, snowmobiling and OHV trails. 

The Forest is open 24 hours. Office hours at Bradford Ranger District, Marienville Ranger District and the Supervisor's Office in Warren are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, during the summers, the Marienville Ranger District is open 7 days a week and the Bradford RD is open Monday through Saturday.

Fees are required for camping and boat launching.

Private operators offer a variety of rental and guide services within the Allegheny National Forest Region. For more information, go to:

Permits:

Do not bring firewood from home to the Allegheny National Forest! This could spread the emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, hemlock woolly adelgid or other firewood borne invasive species. Possession of firewood from outside the area of the Allegheny National Forest is prohibited. Firewood is available at or near camping facilities.

For more information about emerald ash borer, call 1.866.253.7189 or go to:

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Marienville ATV Rocket John (FR 395) Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season. The trail will open again for the Columbus Day Holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.
Marienville Bike Penoke (FR 521) Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until September 27, 2016 when the trials close for the summer season.
Marienville Main ATV Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season.  The trail will open again for the Columbus Day holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.
Rocky Gap Trailhead Closed to Visitor Rocky Gap closed September 6 to replace a bridge on the trail.
Timberline ATV Buehler Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season. The trail will open again for the Columbus Day holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.
Timberline ATV Pigs Ear Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season. The trail will open again for the Columbus Day holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.
Timberline ATV Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season. The trail will open again for the Columbus Day holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.
Willow Creek ATV Trailhead Open to Visitor Open until midnight September 25, 2016 for the summer season. The trail will open again for the Columbus Day holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 10/7 and closing at midnight on Monday, 10/10.

Spotlights

Timberline ATV Trailhead

This trailhead offers access to the 38 mile interconnecting loop trail system. Facilities include a paved parking lot, loading/unloading ramp, vault restroom, hardened rustic campsites and informational signing. View/Print trail brochure

New signage on Timberline!

Rimrock Overlook

Rimrock Overlook offers a scenic view of Kinzua Bay, which extends southwest from the main body of the Allegheny Reservoir. The overlook is a 200 foot elevation drop from the parking area (via steps). Facilities include: vault toilets, paved & gravel paths to picnic area with tables and grills. The access road (2.5 miles) from State Route 59 is designated as a cross country ski trail during winter activity season 12/15 - 4/1.

Rimrock brochure with map

Clarion River Campsites

Clarion River

These developed dispersed campsites stretch from Irwin Run to Millstone Creek along the Clarion Wild & Scenic River, accessible by River Road and FR 132. Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek from Clarion River to FR 789 below Loleta Campground. There is hardened parking at each numbered site and a rock fire ring. Information signs are located at Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Robin Island, and Millstone Canoe Launch. Vault toilet at Irwin Run, Robin Island, and Millstone Creek. No other facilities. Camping permitted at numbered sites only.

Hickory Creek Wilderness

Hickory Creek Wilderness

The Hickory Creek Wilderness is located on the Bradford Ranger District in Warren County, Pennsylvania. The gentle to moderate terrain is drained by East Hickory Creek and Middle Hickory Creek.

Topography ranges from 1,273 feet where East Hickory Creek exits the wilderness to 1,900 feet on the plateau. There are no particularly steep slopes. Much of the area is heavily forested.

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