Outdoor Safety & Ethics

As a visitor to our National Forest, you will find many opportunities to explore nature and enjoy its many woodlands, river, lakes, and its endless recreational activities. To take full advantage of what this National Forest has to offer you; we ask that you prepare yourself in advance for each trip and adventure. It is important that you learn about the area, from its weather and terrain, to the rules and regulation that may govern the activity you will be participating in.

Visitors should be considerate of other forest users, nature, wildlife and the lands that make up this Forest.

We want each of your adventures to be safe and memorable so we have provided some general information links that you may find useful and helpful. We hope you will enjoy your time spent on the Allegheny National Forest and that you will return again.

Don't forget to Tread Lightly and remember Leave No Trace.

The forest contains some natural hazards, and visitors to our national forest may also find unforeseen hazards and dangers that present unpredictable challenges. By being prepared, you can minimize those hazards and make your trip safer. Remember that your safety is your responsibility.


  • If You Get Lost

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    Pay attention. Stay calm. Stay put. As a last resort, follow a drainage or stream downhill. This can be hard going but will often lead to a trail or road.

  • If There Is An Emergency

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    Call 911. Stay calm. Don't rely on Cell phones. Know your location, the nature of the injury, and information about the injured person. Remember response times can be lengthy in remote areas.

Being Safe on the Forest

The following sections provide information about potential safety challenges and links that offer additional information on the topics.

The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.