Recreation

Consistent with federal and state health and safety guidance some campgrounds, horse camps, and restroom facilities​ are currently closed to ensure physical distancing.

Developed Recreation Sites Closed Due to COVID-19 Precautions

Allegheny National Forest is open to recreation, but please be prepared and recreate responsibly. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. 

Closure Order R9-19-20-02 has been rescinded.

Under the new Closure Order R9-19-20-03 | Closure Order R9-19-20-03 Exhibit A:

  • All ATV/OHV trails will remain closed until early June
  • Entering or occupying any restroom facility

Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beaver Meadows Hiking Trail & Day Use Area Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Bradford Ranger District Closed to Visitor Customers needing information, permits. and maps are encouraged to call 1-814-728-6100 or email at r9_allegheny_NF@usda.gov during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.
Bradford Snowmobile Trailhead Closed to Visitor Seasonal closure
Brush Hollow Cross Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed
Buckaloons Recreation Area Open to Visitor Campground: open May 22, including vault toilets. Shower and flush toilet buildings will remain closed.
Buzzard Swamp 157 Trailhead Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed
Buzzard Swamp 376 Trailhead Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Buzzard Swamp Wildlife Viewing and Hiking Area Open to Visitor
Clarion River Campsites Open to Visitor
Clarion Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor The restrooms at: Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Millstone Canoe Launch, and Robin Island Canoe Launch are closed.
Dewdrop Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open 5/22/2020
Elijah Run Boat Launch and Shoreline Trail Open to Visitor Boat Launch: opening May 8, including restrooms.
Farnsworth Cabin Open to Visitor Open
Handsome Lake Boat Access Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15
Hearts Content Orienteering Trail Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Hearts Content Recreation Area Open to Visitor Campground open May 22. Day Use is open, restrooms are closed.
Hickory Creek Wilderness Open to Visitor
Hooks Brook Boat Access Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15
Hopewell Boat Access Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15
Irwin Run Canoe Launch Open to Visitor Restroom is closed.
Jakes Rock Overlook and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor The restroom is closed.
Kelly Pines Campground Open to Visitor
Kiasutha Recreation Area Open to Visitor Boat Launch: opening May 8, including restrooms.
Kinzua Beach Open to Visitor Beach is open. The restroom is closed.
Kinzua Point Information Closed to Visitor The restroom is closed.
Kinzua Wolf Run Marina Open to Visitor Restaurant open to take-out beginning May 23; Marina opened May 15
Laurel Mill Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Little Drummer Historical Pathway Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Loleta Recreation Area Open to Visitor Lower Camping Loop Open; Upper Loop/Day Use Area Remain Closed, restrooms are closed.
Marienville Ranger District    Customers needing information, permits. and maps are encouraged to call 1-814-728-6100 or email at r9_allegheny_NF@usda.gov during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.
Marienville Trail: Main ATV Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Marienville Trail: Rocket John Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Minister Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15
Minister Creek Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Morrison Boat Access Campground Open to Visitor
Morrison Hiking Trail Open to Visitor Open May 15
North Country National Scenic Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Penoke Trail: Penoke Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Penoke, Marienville and Timberline ATV/OHM Trails Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Pine Grove Boat Access Campground Open to Visitor Open May 15
Red Bridge Recreation Area Closed to Visitor The Red Bridge Campground located on the Bradford Ranger District has been closed for the remainder of the season due to unforeseen issues with the wastewater treatment plant.
Rimrock Hiking Trail and Overlook Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed
Rocky Gap ATV Trail Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Roper Hollow Boat Launch Open to Visitor Boat Launch: opening May 8, including restrooms.
Spring Creek Horse Trail Open to Visitor
Tidioute Overlook Open to Visitor Restrooms are closed.
Timberdoodle Flats Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor
Timberline Trail: Buehler Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Timberline Trail: Main ATV Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Timberline Trail: Pigs Ear Trailhead Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.
Tionesta Scenic Area and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Tracy Ridge Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open May 15
Twin Lakes Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Twin Lakes Recreation Area and Black Cherry Trail Open to Visitor Open May 15
Webbs Ferry Boat Launch Open to Visitor Boat Launch: opening May 8, including restrooms.
Westline Cross-Country Ski/Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Willow Bay Recreation Area Open to Visitor Campground: opening May 8, 8 a.m., including vault toilets. Shower and flush toilet buildings will remain closed. Boat Launch: opening May 8, including restrooms.
Willow Creek ATV Trail Open to Visitor Seasonally closed until early June. Date to be determined.

Spotlights

Allegheny Reservoir

A major outdoor recreational attraction on the Forest is the 7,647 acre Allegheny Reservoir.  At normal summer pool level the reservoir is 27 miles long (14 miles in Pennsylvania and 13 miles in New York) with 91 miles of shoreline.

The undeveloped Allegheny Reservoir shoreline and National Forest System land surrounding the Reservoir provide the largest outdoor recreation opportunities in northwestern Pennsylvania. Highly developed infrastructure (e.g. paved roads, pressurized water systems, sewage treatment plants and electrical service) are in place to serve campgrounds with utilities, flush toilets and hot water showers. Other facilities include picnic areas, swimming beaches, and shoreline fishing opportunities and fishing piers.

The Reservoir was created in the 1960s when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Kinzua Dam on the upper Allegheny River.  The reservoir water level and water surface is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The adjacent shoreline is primarily owned and managed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Forest Service and in New York by the Seneca Nation of Indians, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and Cattaraugus County, NY.

Only a few private landowners exist on the New York shoreline. The Allegheny Reservoir is unique because very little private commercial development exists along its shoreline. The majority of the existing developed recreation sites on the PA portion of the Reservoir are operated and maintained by the Allegheny National Forest.

 

Clarion Wild and Scenic River

The Clarion River is a designated Wild and Scenic River for 51.7 miles, from the border of the ANF/State Game Lands Number 44 boundary to an unnamed tributary at the backwaters of Piney Dam.

The steeply forested hillsides of almost continuous mature deciduous and coniferous vegetation contribute to a feeling of remoteness in many places along the river.

Paddlers on the river will find that the water changes from smooth to riffling as the river flows over and around large boulders.  In the section of river between Arroyo Bridge and Irwin Run paddlers will find several of the riffles.

The Clarion is a tributary to the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River, joining it in Clarion County, just south of the town of Emlenton.  In the early 1800's the Clarion was used to transport timber to the Allegheny River.

Allegheny Wild and Scenic River

In 1992 (Public Law 102-271) added 87 miles of the Allegheny River to the National Wild & Scenic River System classified as Recreational. The goal is to protect the existing outstanding and remarkable values and preserve a free-flowing condition for present and future generations. This designation applies to the following three sections:

  • 7 miles from below Kinzua Dam to Route 6 bridge in Warren
  • 48 miles from Buckaloons Campground to Alcorn Island (by Oil City), and
  • 32 miles from south of Franklin to Emlenton.

The corridor boundary runs along the plateau ridge on both sides and has extensive areas of privately owned lands with many homes and seasonal recreational residences along the shoreline. Public access is good generally from both sides and few hazards make this an ideal river for novice and family canoeing. Oak forests predominate along steep side slopes and there is wooded-riverine habitat in some of the floodplains.  It contains the seven Allegheny Wilderness Islands often used by boaters for dispersed camping and fishing.

The Allegheny Islands Wilderness contains seven islands stretched between Buckaloons and Tionesta along the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River. The islands are popular for dispersed camping, exploration, and viewing scenery and wildlife. They are mostly vegetated with fine riverine forests of sycamore, silver maple, shagbark hickory, and green ash. Dense grasses and other thick vegetation make access limited. There are no developed trails or other facilities on the islands.

 

The Allegheny River is one of the primary tributaries to the Ohio River.  It joins with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at the "Point" in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Allegheny starts in Pennsylvania, near Cobb Hill, meanders into New York into Cattaraugus County, near Salamanca, before heading back into Pennsylvania northeast of Warren.

The course of the river forms much of the northwestern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest before reaching Franklin where the river turns southeast.  Within the borders of the Allegheny National Forest the river is fed by Kinzua Creek, Conewango Creek, Brokenstraw Creek, Tionesta Creek, Oil Creek and French Creek.  The Clarion River joins the Allegheny near Kittanning.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/allegheny/recreation