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
Bald Eagle State Forest Roads Impassible to 4-wheel Drive Vehicles. Due to snow depth in excess of 2 feet, the roads in the Bald Eagle State Forest are currently not passible with 4-wheel drive vehicles.
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
Snowmobile Trail Updates
The Maple Run Snowmobile Trail Parking Area and associated portion of the Edgemere / Peck’s Pond Snowmobile Trail has been re-opened. Use caution while snowmobiling due to an active timber sale and PPL Utility Right of Way Construction project in progress.
High Line Road, Hobday Road, Pine Flats Road, Hay Road-Middle Branch and the High Knob Fire Tower Road are all closed to snowmobiling due to the PPL Electric Right of Way Construction Project.
Dixon Miller Snowmobile Trail, Snow Hill Snowmobile Trail, and Delaware State Forest and Promised Land State Park Snowmobile Trail are all open to snowmobiles.
ATV Trail Updates
Burnt Mills and Dixon Miller ATV Trails reopened for ATV and Snowmobile use December 15, 2013. They will close April 1, 2014 and reopen for ATV use on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Loyalsock State Forest
Bodine Mountain Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected . Traffic control will be established at Grays Run Road intersection. Expect 10-15 minute delays during periods of heavy truck traffic.
Brown Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Traffic control will be established at Hagerman Run and Long Run Road intersections. Traffic is one way from Hagerman Run Road to Long Run Road. Outgoing truck traffic may be heavy.
Grays Run Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Two way traffic. Drive with caution.
Hagerman Run Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Hagerman Run Road is one way from Rte. 14 to Newman Fields and the intersection with Browns Road. Parking on Hagerman Run Road is extremely limited.
Long Run Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Long Run Road is open to public travel and must be used to exit the area. Traffic is one way from Browns Road to Grays Run Road. Parking along Long Run Road is limited.
Pleasant Stream Road, from Masten Road downstream to the state forest boundary is the only State Forest road that remains closed after the severe damage caused by flooding by during Tropical Storm Lee. It is anticipated that Pleasant Stream Road will be repaired by October 2014. Hoagland Branch Road, a township road that accesses state forest land, remains unrepaired and is closed to public travel for an indefinite period.
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
Rothrock State Forest District plans to eliminate, brush in, and permanently retire two sections of trail located in the Galbraith Gap area on Thursday, January 16th. The trail known as “Cabin Trail” and a spur of Lonberger Trail will be brushed in and trees dropped across the trail to close access. The reason for these closures include trail sustainability issues as well as high safety concerns. This is part of the “Chute Trail Project” that began in August 2013. In place of the trails being closed, please use the newly built and upgraded lower section of Lonberger Trail (Chute Trail).
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 as of September 8, 2013. 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 to be 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 should be 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 to be expected. Drive with caution.
Francis Camp Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Lebo Vista Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Browns Run Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Sinking Springs Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Bull Run Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Big Springs Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Limbaugh Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Parker Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Ramsey Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Okome Road: Heavy gas activity is to be expected. Drive with caution.
Armstrong Road on Bald Eagle Mountain east of South Williamsport and U.S. Route 15 has been closed due to storm damage that has rendered the roadway impassable.
Tioga State Forest
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
West Licking Creek Drive: Closed by due to road reconstruction. Will reopen approximately October 4, 2013.
Doubling Gap Road and North Slope Road: The SR233 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.