Bradford Ranger District

Area Status: Open

The Bradford Ranger District covers the northern half of the Allegheny National Forest. Highlights of this area include the Allegheny Reservoir, Wild and Scenic Allegheny River and Hearts Content.

Hidden gems found on the district are the Old Powerhouse, Timberdoodle Flats Interpretive Trail and Hall Barn Wildlife Viewing Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Contact the office at 814-362-4613 during regular business hours or email us at for more information.
Operational Hours:  Office open Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
 Office closed on all federal holidays.
Reservations:  Several campgrounds have reservations available through for some or all available sites. View the recreation sites web page for more detailed information:
  • Buckaloons Recreation Area
    • picnic pavilion
  • Dewdrop Campground
  • Farnsworth Cabin
  • Kiasutha Recreation Area
  • Red Bridge Recreation Area
  • Tracy Ridge Campground
  • Willow Bay Recreation Area
    • picnic pavilion
Fees: Several sites charge a camping or day use fee. View the recreation sites web page for more detailed information:
  • Buckaloons Recreation Area
  • Dewdrop Recreation Area
  • Elijah Run Boat Launch
  • Farnsworth Cabin
  • Handsome Lake Campground
  • Hearts Content Recreation Area
  • Hooks Brook Campground
  • Hopewell Campground
  • Kiasutha Recreation Area
  • Pine Grove Campground
  • Red Bridge Recreation Area
  • Roper Hollow Boat Launch
  • Tracy Ridge Recreation Area
  • Webbs Ferry Boat Launch
  • Willow Bay Recreation Area
Permit Info: Fuelwood permits are available at this location. Contact the Ranger Station for information about Special Use Permits for large group events (75 people or more).
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Bradford, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Passes:  Interagency and Forest recreation passes are sold at this location. Visit the passes and permits section for information on what passes are available.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Bradford Ranger District Address: 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4613

General Information


From Bradford

  • Travel north on SR 219
  • Turn left/west onto SR 59/PA-770
  • Travel west on SR59/PA-770 for 13.1 miles
  • Turn left/south onto Forest Service Drive and travel to the office, approx. 13 feet.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Bradford Ranger District

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Bradford Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Bradford Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Bradford Ranger District

Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Bradford Ranger District

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Bradford Ranger District

Ice Fishing

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Bradford Ranger District

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Bradford Ranger District

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Bradford Ranger District

OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Bradford Ranger District

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Bradford Ranger District

Geocaching & Letterboxing


Areas for Picnicking at Bradford Ranger District

Group Picnicking

Scenic Driving

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized





XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Bradford Ranger District


Alternate trail access areas include Hickory Creek Wilderness Ranch,  Hearts Content, Chapman Dam State Park, Rocky Gap Trailhead, Brown's Run, and the junction of US Rt 6 and Forest Road 476 west of Kane.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Bradford Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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