Other Activities

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From foraging to stargazing, there are many activities available on the Allegheny National Forest. 

 

Foraging

The forest abounds with berries, mushrooms and other edible plants. Foraging can be a fun afternoon activity, but do exercise some simple precautions: 

  • Make sure you know what you are picking.  There are many fruit bearing plants out there, and some of the fruits are not good to eat.  Same with mushrooms, there are hundreds of species of mushrooms, but only a few that are safe to eat. 
  • Don't pick on the sides of roads.  Many of these berry species like roadsides, but roads are often sprayed with herbicides to control invasive species, and also accumulate toxins from vehicles or salt from winter road melting.  
  • Stay aware of wildlife.  Usually bears are very aware of their environment, so it is less likely that you'll surprise a bear than that a bear will surprise you.  Either way, you don't want to get into a discussion with a bear over whose berry patch it is, so keep your eyes open and avoid confrontations.  If you're lucky, you may get a chance to see all the other wildlife that enjoys berries such as foxes, birds of many types, mice, and almost anything that can get to the berries. 
  • Don't be greedy.  Don't strip an area of all berries.  Leave some for the plants and animals.

 

Stargazing

The lack of light pollution in and around the Allegheny make it an ideal spot for stargazing. The best time to stargaze is the days before, during and soon after a new moon. Bring a constellation chart and see how many constellations you can find. Check out NASAs Sky Events Calendar for meteor showers and other events you may not normally be able to see in an area with more streetlights.



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