Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Wander beneath the oak trees on the 33.69 mile long Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail. Explore small groves of hemlock along the streams. Slopes along the reservoir and the eight small streams in the area are steep. Rock ledges and large boulders can be found on the steeper hillsides.

The trail begins at 2,245 feet on the flat ridgetop at Tracy Ridge Recreation Area, takes visitors through the Allegheny Naitonal Recreation Area before passing by the Allegheny Reservoir at multiple locations.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours.
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Not Allowed:
  • Motorized vehicles
  • ATVs
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiles
  • saddle, pack or draft animals
  • Camping is allowed next to the trail
As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Occupancy Limits
Closest Towns: Bradford, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Bradford Ranger District Address: 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4613
Email: r9_allegheny_nf@fs.fed.us

General Information

Directions:

From Bradford

  • Travel on Route 346 for 13.9 miles.
  • Turn left on PA-321 S.
  • Travel south on PA-321 for 3 miles.
  • The site is on the right.

Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

This is a 33.69 mile (54.52 kilometer) trail system of interconnecting loops. The trail is marked with off-white markers. The North Country Trail portion of this trail system is marked with blue markers.

Segment lengths vary from 0.13 miles to the longest segment of over 5 miles. There are two trailheads for Tracy Ridge, one in the Tracy Ridge Recreation Area on Forest Road 270. The other is the Johynny Cake Trailhead on Forest Road 321. The northenmost trailhead for the North Country National Scenic Trail is located near Willow Bay Recreation Area on Forest Road 346, it's a 3.96 mile hike from that trailhead to where the North Country Trail intersects with the Tracy Ridge Trail.

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted if maintained in a fire ring, and completely extinguished.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

The trail is marked with off-white markers. The North Country Trail portion of this trail system is marked with blue markers. Dispersed camping is permitted along the trail. The developed Tracy Ridge Campground and primitive areas of Handsome Lake and Hopewell are along the trail. If you chose to camp along the trail and are not in one of the above mentioned locations, a Forest Order requires that camps be set up 1500 feet from the treeline of the reservoir.

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted if maintained in a fire ring, and completely extinguished.
Elevation descSteep elevation changes
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Nature Viewing

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Winter Sports

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
33.69 mile loop system of trails.

  Latitude : 
41.943155

  Longitude : 
-78.867056

  Elevation : 
1328 feet - 2245 feet

 



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