Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
Categories: Canyons, Forests, Nature & Parks
The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest located in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers 513175acre of land. Within the forest is Kinzua Dam, which impounds the Allegheny River to form Allegheny Reservoir. The administrative headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest is located in Warren. The Allegheny National Forest has two ranger stations, one in Marienville, Forest County and the other in Bradford, McKean County.The Allegheny National Forest lies in the heart of Pennsylvania's oil and gas region. It is only 40mi from the site of the first commercial oil well in the United States at Titusville, Pennsylvania. In 1981, about 17 percent of the state's total crude oil production came from mineral rights owned by private individuals within the Forest boundary.Oil and natural gas is being extracted from some parts of the forest.History before 1923Today the Allegheny Plateau is known for black cherry, maple and other hardwoods, but two hundred years ago these species were less numerous. Today's forest is largely the result of two things: the exploitation of timber at the turn of the 20th century and being managed by the Forest Service since 1923.Put Allegheny National Forest on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Clarendon tourist route planner.
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We travelled from Dubois to Niagara Falls, and decided to take a scenic route through this Park. The vistas were beautiful and a change from the busy highways, and also took us longer on our trip.
Just took the senic route through Pennsylvania. We had no plans. There was no much lodging available. The Forrest was beautiful. Park rangers very friendly.
I stayed with my dog in one of the cabins at the Willow Bay campground, and had a great time. The campground is very pretty. The Oak Loop section, where I was, has a stream running behind the cabins a... read more »
Great scenery, hiking and mountain bike trails are nice. For photographers there's many places to stop that will give you beautiful photos.
Beautiful place and worth a visit. Evidence of hydraulic fracturing is frequently visible. Also spotted a couple of logging sites. Definitely the "Land of Many Uses" ; ) Unless you are willing to backpack into the forest for atleast a mile, it is difficult to find camping with privacy. Perhaps not the best place for those looking for a conveniant, secluded camping experience in natural surroundings. Great for those who love fishing and hunting!
They should rename this place to the Allegheny Industrial Forest. I grew up visiting this place a lot when I was a kid and loved it. You could hike for days without seeing a soul, drink water directly from the mountain streams, and take in deep breaths of air without coughing up a lung. All that has changed recently with the installation of over 500 gas wells and related equipment. A lot of large portions of the forest are now dotted with these green gas wells and black rubber hoses that leak natural gas everywhere. You cant go to very many places in the forest without the lingering smell of natural gas. I camped up here recently near Warren PA and had to relcoate in the middle of the night because the odors were so strong. If you walk around you will see these cheap rubber hoses just lying on the forest floor hissing away and water with an oily surface haze in it freely flowing out of well heads. I'm all for using our natural resource to heat our homes but the enforcement of environmental rules are absolutely non-existent in the gas fields of the Allegheny National Forest. If you want to camp in an industrial wasteland than this place is just for you.
I have been camping in the Allegheny National Forest for over 30 years. Went back this summer camping at the Kiasutha Recreational Area in the forest for the first time in 10 years and loved it! It's just as beautiful as I remembered it! The campsites at Kiasutha are wooded and there is enough space between sites so you have privacy. Nice walking paths. We look forward to going back next summer!
Gerald Mauriello, Jr.
Natural gas does not have an odor when it is unrefined. The odor is added after it is extracted. I do not support the rape of our natural resources and am saddened to hear this beautiful place is suffering.
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