Michaux State Forest

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Michaux Maps

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


Michaux State Forest encompasses more than 85,500 acres in the South Mountain area of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties. Considered Pennsylvania's "cradle of forestry," Michaux is the site of first forestry school, Mont Alto. The forest is named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who discovered and named many plants in the 18th century. 


Birch Run Road Closure
Birch Run Road will be closing from Monday, April 3, 2017 through Friday, June 30, 2017 in order to replace over fifty culvert pipes and resurface with shale and driving surface aggregate. This project will impact access to 1.7 miles of road from just north of the Target Range parking lot to just south of the Big Pine Flat parking lot.  For more information about the potential impacts to forest users and stakeholders click here. For a map of the closure click here.

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

Recreational Trail Assessment

A study of the Michaux State Forest trail system current and future recreational trail use. View it here.

Draft Michaux State Forest Target Range Management Plan released 
A draft management plan for the Michaux State Forest Target Range has been released.
Download a copy of this draft plan. 

Address questions or concerns on this issue to:
Bureau of Forestry, Forest District 1
10099 Lincoln Way
East Fayetteville, PA 17222-9609

Send email to:  Fd01@pa.gov

Target Range Issues: Background Documents
Michaux State Forest accepted public comments on the Target Range Progress Reports during October and November 2011.

Target Range Report
This report summarizes the work of a task force assessing the feasibility of operating a safe and environmentally and economically sustainable public target range on the Michaux State Forest.

This study develops the objective baseline measures of lead and other contaminants associated with operating a target range site in the vicinity of Long Pine Run Reservoir.
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.