State Forest Road and Trail Advisories
This advisory page is meant to update state forest visitors about state forest roads, trails and areas that may be closed or altered due to gas drilling activities, road construction, timber harvesting, flooding or other occurrences.
In recent years there has been a marked increase in natural gas activity in state forests in north central Pennsylvania. Visitor experiences and road usage can be impacted by this activity. More information on gas development on state forest lands and maps of leased acres can be found on our "Natural Gas Exploration on State Forest" web site. More information about how DCNR seeks to limit the impacts of gas development to recreation, road use, and public access can be found on our fact sheet.
Before you visit a state forest, it's always a good idea to call the local forest district for the most current advisories. Contact information, state forest maps, and other information can be found at Find a Forest.
Bald Eagle State Forest
The Poe Paddy Tunnel, encompassing the Mid State Trail, will be closed for trail resurfacing between September 19 – 23, 2016. The trail on the south side of the tunnel, from the tunnel to the Hartley Township road, will be closed temporarily, as it will be used for hauling as part of the project.
Bridge construction on Swift Run Road near the Short Mountain Road intersection will begin on June 1, 2016. At that time the bridge will be closed for reconstruction until Fall of 2016. Signage will be in place at numerous intersections indicating the closure. Please plan travel routes accordingly.
Bridge work is slated to begin on March 14 on Engle Road crossing White Deer Creek. It is anticipated that work should be complete by the end of April. The road will be closed with limited access during the work week. Engle Road will be open to the bridge structure on weekends but will not have a throughway across the bridge so please plan travel routes accordingly.
Buchanan State Forest
Abey Road closure, Southampton Township, Bedford County
Buchanan State Forest district office advises forest visitors in the area of Pine Ridge Natural Area and Chaneysville that Abey Road will be closed for bridge replacement. Abey Road will be closed between the intersection with Ragged Mountain Road at the northern end and the intersection with Duffy Road to the south. The road closure is expected to begin August 19, 2015. The road should reopen by October 31, 2015.
Keefer Road closure, Letterkenny Township, Franklin County
Buchanan State Forest district office advises visitors to the Bear Valley area that a section of Keefer Road between the picnic area and Upper Horse Valley road will be closed for the replacement of two bridges. Routes to access the picnic area are the southern end of Bear Valley Road from Ft Loudon and travel north 11 miles, or the northern end of Bear Valley Road from Upper Strasburg Road and travel south 2.5 miles to the picnic area. Closure is expected to begin August 24, 2015 and be completed by October 30, 2015.
Buchanan State Forest
440 Buchanan Trail
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
Clear Creek State Forest
Corbett Road will be closed from July 21 to 19 August for installation of a box culvert near its intersection with Rt 949. The culvert and bridge on Corbett Road will be replaced - this work will take approximately 3 months. Upon completion of the box culvert, Corbett Road will open for public access to Little Clear Creek Road. The bridge replacement over Clear Creek will continue with a completion date of October 31, 2014. Construction delays could extend the road closure into November.
Camp owners will have full access to camps on Corbett Road near the bridge as will the NFG well-tenders servicing gas wells.
The Beartown Rocks Vista remains open throughout construction, Visitor access will be by way of Spring Creek Road.
Cornplanter State Forest
Due to oil development, trails in the eastern portion of the Hunter Run Division are being affected by road construction as well as increased traffic. Visitors should proceed with caution in areas of drilling activity.
Delaware State Forest
Loyalsock State Forest
Before traveling visitors should contact the Resource Management Center for updates at 570-946-4049 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loyalsock Trail Detour
The Loyalsock Trail will be detoured in mid-August for a bridge renovation project. Work on the historical iron truss bridge over the Loyalsock Creek on Rock Run Road at CCC Camp 95 in Sullivan County will commence in early June. Vehicle or hiking traffic will not be impeded until the decking is removed in mid-August. At that time hikers will need to ford the stream at a location upstream of the bridge. The District staff will flag the best fording location prior to the bridge deck being removed.
Moshannon State Forest
Four Mile Road: Open to the public but heavy truck traffic should be expected due to gas development. Drivers should be aware of increased height of road berms and soft road shoulders.
McGeorge and Lower McGeorge Roads: Open to the public but heavy truck traffic should be expected.
Rothrock State Forest
District staff will be resurfacing the Musser Gap Trailhead parking area and access lane beginning on June 28, 2016. This project will likely last through Wednesday, June 29, 2016. While this project is active, access to the trailhead via SR 45 will be closed. The start and conclusion of this project will be weather dependent. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sproul State Forest
Whiskey Springs ATV Trail is closed. A large-scale, abandoned mine reclamation project in Sproul State Forest necessitates closing the entire Whiskey Springs ATV Trail. The Huling Branch reclamation project, covering 100 acres, will reduce acid mine drainage and eliminate public health and safety concerns related to dangerous high-walls. Heavy truck and equipment traffic and construction site safety and security require complete closure of the area. Details are available on this Huling Branch Reclamation Project factsheet.
The nearby Bloody Skillet ATV Trail and the Denton Hill ATV Trail System offer alternative ATV facilities. Maps, directions and other details can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/recreation/atv/index.htm.
Beech Creek and ShoemakerRoads: Increased traffic due to gas development is expected. There are no travel restrictions at this time.
Ritchie Road will be impacted due to a natural gas pipeline under construction from Hyner Mountain Road to Old View Road. Expect heavy truck traffic.
Pats Ridge Road will have a guard station for natural gas activity just beyond the power line corridor. The last quarter mile of this road is closed to public travel.
Benson Road will be impacted by the construction of a new entrance from Rte. 44. Expect heavy gas truck traffic.
Dry Run Road will be impacted by gas development. Expect heavy truck traffic.
Carrier Road will be impacted by gas development from Haneyville to Ponderosa. Expect heavy gas truck traffic.
Route 144 from State Game Lands 100 to Allen Dam road heavy gas truck traffic is expected.
Susquehannock State Forest
Card Creek Road: Open to public travel but be aware of ongoing natural gas activity. Expect heavy trucks and other gas related traffic. Several pull offs have been installed along the road to aid in passing oncoming vehicles.
Big Fill Haul Road: This gated road is currently being impacted by natural gas activity. The road can still be used for walk in access for hunters and other recreational users as it has traditionally. Parking is still available in the area between Rte. 6 and the gate. Be alert for heavy truck and other gas related traffic.
Tiadaghton State Forest
Narrow Gauge Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Francis Camp Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Lebo Vista Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Browns Run Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Sinking Springs Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Bull Run Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Big Springs Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Limbaugh Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Parker Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Ramsey Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Okome Road: Heavy gas activity is expected. Drive with caution.
Tioga State Forest
Pine Creek Rail Trail Closing - Marsh Creek Access To Tiadaghton Campground
Beginning November 23, 2015 the Tioga State Forest will be removing hazard trees along Pine Creek Rail Trail from Marsh Creek Access to Tiadaghton Campground. This section of the trail will be closed until the hazard trees have been removed. The contractor is expected to complete this project by May 31, 2016. For more information contact DCNR Bureau of Forestry Tioga State Forest at (570) 724-2868.
Kniffen Ridge Haul Road has been closed for road improvement work. Although previously listed as open for hunting this work necessitates closing the road for the rest of the year.
Any questions regarding road closings can be addressed at the Tioga State Forest District Office at (570) 724-2868.
Landrus Road Bridge Replacement, Tioga County
The Tioga State Forest staff will replace a bridge over Lick Creek in Bloss Township, Tioga County. The bridge is located one mile East of Arnot on the Landrus Road. No runaround for public use will be available during construction. The locations of the road closure gates during construction will be at the power line and Silver Run. This section of road between the gates will be closed to the public effective June 10, 2015, until the bridge replacement has been completed. The contractor is expected to complete the project by July 13, 2015. Any questions regarding the bridge replacement can be addressed at the Tioga State Forest District Office at (570) 724-2868.
Tuscarora State Forest
Visitors can expect to encounter log trucks along Pine Ridge Road, East Licking Drive and Laurel Run Road from its intersection with Three Square Hollow Road to the intersection with Back Hollow Road (Township Road 300) until further notice.
Weiser State Forest
Treacherous Road Conditions
Radar Hill Road, Greenland tract: Use caution, Radar Hill Road is in VERY ROUGH CONDITION due to wash outs and exposed rocks. We recommend only high-clearance vehicles attempt to use Radar Hill Road. Other access the State Forest by using Greenland Road off SR 325.
Most of the Weiser State Forest tracts are located on ridges and valleys. Access can be challenging and difficult to many of the parcels. Visitors should be physically prepared and properly dressed when planning a trip to these areas. A number of the tracts are accessible by foot travel only. Several of our tracts contain roads maintained for public access. Visitors should use caution because many of our roads are on steep hillsides making them susceptible to rough conditions and unsuitable for low clearance vehicles. Roads do become icy because they do not receive winter maintenance.