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Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania

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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.
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  • I will start by saying that this is a beautiful area, that driving along the roads gives a great view into dark and green forests. That said, I found it to be a letdown. We have visited a few times ov...  more »
  • The views are amazing! Just be very careful driving through the mountains. Some roads are narrow with very sharp curves. Truck speed limit is 25mph. Pretty much drove with foot on brake. Very steep. S...  more »
  • This was our first visit to the Allegheny National Forest. Some areas are lovely, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. Maybe it is because I have spent too much time in the beauty of Skyline...  more »
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  • One of the most remote places I've been to for a long time. I attempted a 25 mile hike in the Tracy Ridge area, but it just was way too muddy to go all the way. The main trails definitely need a little TLC, but weren't too bad.
  • Despite the fact that this land was violated years ago and apparently still getting beat up, thanks to the new gas boom, it is a true gem of an area. I love hiking around in the Hemlock Swamps and fishing the streams. Very lush and beautiful. PA is an awesome state.
  • Some of the best rock formations in the region, and this is an active geocaching area. One can somewhat-organically find nice riverside campgrounds, along minister creek especially. The trails could be marked more consistently, though.
  • Lots of nice campsites either next to the water or near the water. Fishing is good, mostly carp. There are black bears, so keep your food locked up.
  • Motorcycle trip on 666! (Among others). Beautiful roads for riding. We had a great time.