Buchanan State Forest

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Buchanan Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps.


Named in honor of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, Buchanan State Forest covers 69,703 acres in Franklin, Fulton and Bedford counties. Buchanan’s woodlands straddle the iconic ridges of south-central Pennsylvania.

2017 District Management Acitivity Plan
The district management activity plan is ready and available for public questions and/or feedback. View it here.

Road Closures

Some Areas of Buchanan State Forest Closed to Hunting
State forest land west of US 522 at Knobsville, Fulton County is closed to hunting due to safety zones around nearby residences and the active construction of the future Buchanan State Forest Resource Management Center.  The construction site has been posted as a restricted area, no admittance.  This closure will remain in effect until completion of the project and new safety zones will go into effect at that time.  All other areas of state forest land east of US 522 remain open for hunting and other recreational activities.

Questions can be directed to the district office at:
Buchanan State Forest
25185 Great Cove Road
McConnellsburg, PA  17233

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.