Beaver Meadows Hiking Trail & Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The terrain around the lake is gentle, offering a leisurely hike. Opportunities to view wildlife are plentiful.

  • Beaver Meadows Loop - This 3.0 mile loop is marked with off-white diamonds. South of the lake, the trail passes through a grassy savannah dotted with spruce and pine trees. As the trail nears the headwaters of the lake, look for the small fenced areas that protect blueberry plants from deer browsing. The trail then passes over the lake on a floating boardwalk. North of the lake, the trail climbs to a forest of black cherry and red maple.
  • Seldom Seen Trail - This trail is 1.2 miles long and is marked with blue diamonds. It passes through a mature forest of black cherry, red maple, beech and red pine. The highlight of the trail is the half-acre blueberry patch. The area is fenced to protect the plants from deer browsing. Enjoy the blueberries in late July and August.
  • Salmon Creek Loop - This loop trail is 1.3 miles long, and is marked with blue diamonds. It is dominated by a peaceful red pine and spruce forest. Several beavers make their home in Salmon Creek. If you are quiet, you may be able to see one.
  • Penoke Path - This trail is 1.1 miles long and is marked with blue diamonds. As it follows Penoke Run, it passes through a grassy savannah on an old railroad grade. The large old stumps in the savannah are the remnants of a forest that was cut at the turn of the century.
  • Lakeside Loop - This short 0.5 mile trail is marked with blue diamonds. It takes you closer to the lake to enjoy the scenery, view wildlife, or fish.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is open year-round. The trail is not groomed in winter. The Beaver Meadows Campground is closed and dispersed camping is NOT allowed behind the gate (or in the day-use area). Beaver Meadows Day Use Area (boat ramp, restrooms and trails) will remain open.
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required
Open Season: January - December
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:
  • Beaver Meadows Recreation Area
 Forest Supervisor Closure Orders prohibit the use of mountain bikes and saddle, pack or draft animals.
Closest Towns: Marienville, PA
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email:

General Information


From Marienville

  • Head northeast on PA-66 N
  • Turn left onto N. Forest St.
  • Travel north on N. Forest St. for .2 miles
  • N. Forest Road becomes Beaver Meadows Road/T358
  • Travel on Beaver Meadows Road for 3.7 miles
  • The entrance road is located on the right.

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