Hearts Content Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hearts Content Campground

Sleep amongst the 300 - 400 year old white pine that tower 140 feet above in the small campground within the 122-acre Hearts Content Recreation Area.

In an area that was mostly clearcut in the 1800's, 20 acres of what is now Hearts Content was owned by Wheeler and Dusenbury Lumber Company from 1897 to 1922. Wheeler and Dusenbury deeded the land to the U.S. Forest Service in 1923.

Hearts Content is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers constructed the campground, picnic area, and pavilion in 1936. An exhibit of a hand-hewed log is adjacent to the picnic area.

The Hickory Creek Trailhead and the beginning of the hiking trail is just north of the campground. Nearby loop trails for hiking and cross-country ski trails, as well as the interpretive trail through the Old-Growth forest are centered within the Hearts Content Day Use Area located across the road (east) of the campground.

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The recreation area provides acces to several trails through the Hearts Content Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground open May 22. Day Use is open, restrooms are closed.
Operational Hours: Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
Reservations: Reservations are accepted for all campground sites from May 25 to Sept. 3. All campground sites are also available as first come, first served. Reservation -
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
  • Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.
Fees Campground:  
  • Daily camping/lean-to fee - $15.00/site
  • Daily camping fee - add $12.00/site
  • Group site daily camping fee - $50.00/site
Day Use Area, Picnic Pavilion and Trails:
  • No Fees
Usage: Light
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. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Hearts Content Recreation Area
  • Developed Camping
Closest Towns: Tidioute, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Allegheny Site Management, Ed prince; Phone: 814-368-4158; Email: ecpalleghenysite@gmail.com
Information Center: Bradford Ranger District Address: 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4613
Email: sm.fs.anf@usda.gov

General Information


From the Mohawk exit of U.S. Route 6 in Warren

  • Take Main Ave. for <1 mile to the intersection with Pleasant Drive/State Route 3005/337.
  • Turn right onto Pleasant Drive/State Route 3005/337.
  • Travel 10.7 miles on Pleasant Drive/State Route 3005/337.
  • Where Pleasant Drive/State Route 3005/337 turns right continue straight on State Route 2002/Hearts Content Road.
  • Travel on State Route 2002/Hearts Content Road for 3.7 miles.
  • The entrance is located on the left.

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