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 located on the Cherry Run railroad bed that is part of the Mid-State Trail is closed until further notice due to structural issues.
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
Gallitzin State Forest
Buffalo Road will be closed from noon Friday, Feb. 13 until noon Tuesday, Feb. 17. This is a precautionary safety measure to prevent vehicles becoming stranded under the extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills predicted for the weekend. Snowmobiles will still be able to access the road. Cars and trucks may use Hollow Road as an alternate route. Address any questions to the district office at 814-472-1862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loyalsock State Forest
Before traveling visitors should contact the Resource Management Center for updates at 570-946-4049 or by email to email@example.com.
Loyalsock State Forest maintenance crews and contractors temporarily close State Forest roads to perform road maintenance activities, such as, culvert replacements, resurfacing, bridge work and other necessary tasks. The following roads have work scheduled for 2015 and may be closed temporarily, during the work day or overnight:
Dry Run Road (Sullivan County) – culvert replacements, ditch/drainage work, and full-depth reclamation of the paved section from the Hillsgrove Maintenance Station up to the east end of the pavement past the picnic area (1.0 miles) will occur in May/June. Asphalt paving from Rt. 87 to the parking lot (.25 miles) will occur in September.
High Knob Road – from World’s End Road to the intersection with Dry Run Road, ditch/drainage work will occur in July/August. Asphalt paving (2.25 miles) will occur in September.
Pleasant Stream Road – from the Masten Camping Area down to the State Forest boundary line (6.0 miles), culvert replacements, ditch/drainage work, and patch resurfacing will occur in May/June. Dependent on funding, full-width resurfacing may occur in September/October, OR May/June 2016.
Rock Run Road (Sullivan County) – metal truss bridge over Loyalsock Creek will be cleaned, repaired, re-decked, and spot painted, along with repairs to the bridge abutments. The bridge will be closed to vehicle and foot traffic during construction which will occur in July/August. Dependent on funding, a 1.0 mile section from the bridge over Loyalsock Creek north to the intersection with Loyalsock road will be resurfaced in September/October 2015, OR May/June of 2016.
Shanerburg Road – culvert replacement approximately 1.0 mile east of the Mineral Spring Road intersection will occur in July/August.
Loyalsock Road – culvert replacement at the High Rock Run stream crossing will occur in July/August.
Grays Run Road – bridge rehab between the four corners and Long Run Road will occur in mid to late May. One-way traffic patterns on Hagerman Run Road, Brown Road, and Long Run Road will be adjusted to allow access to two-way traffic during construction.
Unplanned road closures for maintenance activities and weather emergencies can occur throughout the year, so calling in advanced of your visit to the Loyalsock State Forest is always a good idea. Other road maintenance projects which don’t require a road closure, also occur throughout the year. For your safety and the safety of our workers, please observe and obey traffic signage.
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
Visitors can expect delays on the Laurel Run Road between Whipple Dam State Park and the Pine Swamp Road intersection for the next few weeks as the maintenance crew replaces a large number of failing culvert pipes. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Watershed Road off Charter Oak Road (PA Route 1029) in Barree Township, Huntingdon County is closed due to a culvert failure and subsequent road collapse. Visitors use this road to access Penn State's Leading Ridge Watershed Research Unit, Stone Valley Forest and adjacent Rothrock State Forest lands. Although public vehicle traffic is prohibited on Watershed Road, outdoor recreation, including hunting, is still permitted in accordance with Pennsylvania laws and Penn State and DCNR-Bureau of Forestry rules and regulations. Visitors accessing the area on foot should not park vehicles blocking the gate at the road entrance. Construction vehicles will need to use the road during culvert construction and road repair. Questions regarding the progress of repairs can be directed to the Penn State Forestland Management Office at 814-865-7422, 814-865-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Pond Road (a.k.a. Miller Road), west of Ravensburg State Park will be closed until road conditions improve and repairs can be completed.
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
Old Supply Trail and Quarry Trail are closed due to a combination of road conditions and active timber sales.
Visitors should use caution when using the Old Arnot Drivable Trail Road (also known as the Walnut Street Extension) which is located north of Arnot (Bloss Township) due to heavy truck traffic associated with natural gas development. Users should expect a traffic control point stop and controlled one way traffic flow with short time delays.
Armenia Mountain area drivers should use caution on River Road, Fellows Creek Road, Hemlock Road and Ridge Road due to heavy truck traffic associated with natural gas development.
Old Supply Area (affects snowmobiles):
- Left Asaph Rd will be plowed from Shin Hollow Rd. to Old Supply Trail. 1.3 mi.
- Old Supply Trail will be CLOSED from Left Asaph Rd. to Mcarthy Trail. 0.7 mi.
- Alternate access to Old Supply Trail is available 0.5 mi. east on Left Asaph Rd.
- The alternate access is an un-named haul road from Left Asaph Rd to Old Supply Trail that is 1.8 mi. in length.
- 0.4 mi. of Old Supply Trail will be plowed from Mcarthy Trail to alternate access intersection.
Clay Mine Road (affects snowmobiles), will be plowed from Cobble Hill Road, south for 2.6 mi. to an active timber sale.
Tuscarora State Forest
Sugar Springs Haul Road in Juniata County is closed due to poor road conditions.
Doubling Gap Road and North Slope Road: The SR 233 entrance to Doubling Gap Road is now closed. Access is now through the Colonel Denning State Park.
Weiser State Forest
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.