Bald Eagle State Forest
Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 193,424 acres in Snyder, Union, Centre, Mifflin, and Clinton counties. It spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles pristine mountain streams and numerous tracts of old growth forest.
Poe Paddy Tunnel Closed
Poe Paddy Tunnel which is part of the Cherry Run Railroad bed and the Mid-State Trail is closed until further notice due to structural issues.
Don't Move Firewood
To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.
2015 Prescribed Fires
The Bald Eagle State Forest plans to conduct six prescribed fires this spring, to enhance biodiversity through the removal of competing vegetation. These fires, totaling 253 acres, will also stimulate the development of fire-adapted trees, like the oak species. Fires will occur on a weekday between April 15th and May 31st.
The Chipmunk prescribed fire is located in Walker Township, Centre County, south of Greens Valley Road. This fire is 95 acres and is scheduled to take place over a two-day period.
It is expected that the other five fires will be completed in one day.
The 31-acre Stone Mountain prescribed fire is located in Hartley Township, Union County, and is just west of the Bald Eagle State Forest District Office, and north of State Route 45.
Booney Mountain II is a 24-acre prescribed fire located in Adams Township, Snyder County - just south of State Route 235 on top of Jacks Mountain.
The Lick Run Buffer prescribed fire is in Hartley Township, Union County. The location is south of Weikert Run Road near the intersection of Thomas Dam Road, and the fire is 15 acres.
In Miles Township, Centre County, the 43-acre Crabapple Path prescribed fire is north of Black Gap Road near the intersection of McCall Dam Road.
The McClure prescribed fire is 45 acres situated in West Beaver Township, Snyder County - south of State Route 522 near the town of McClure.
A map showing the locations of these fires can be found here.