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
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
The Burnt Mills ATV Trail closed September 29, 2013. The trail will reopen for ATV and Snowmobile riding December 15, 2013.
The Maple Run ATV Trail will be closed until further notice due to a PPL upgrade project on their Right of Way.
The Dixon Miller ATV Trail is closed for trail improvements until further notice. It will reopen upon completion.
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.
Bridge construction will begin in Masten on June 17th. Camping in the Masten camping area, and hiker access to the Old Logger’s Path will be severely limited due to the limited amount of construction space. Hikers are encouraged to access the trail at the northern end of Masten by using the Hillsgrove Road. Access will also be open at Ellenton Ridge Road and Krimm Road intersection and where the trail crosses Cascade Road and Hillsgrove Road.
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. Pipeline construction may create short delays.
Knobs Road: Expect long delays due to pipeline construction. The road surface may be impassable at active construction zones.
Caledonia Pike: Long delays are possible due to pipeline construction. The road surface may be impassable at active construction zones. Construction zones are continually changing and drivers should be vigilant.
Billote Road: Open to the public but it is the main access road for construction associated with the Caledonia Pike. Truck traffic may be heavy at times and drivers should remain vigilant.
Mines and Medix Grade Roads: These roads will be closed for construction from May 30 to June 8. Travelers should use Shaggers Inn as a detour route.
Wilson Switch Road: Heavy traffic at times due to pipeline construction traffic. Drivers should be aware of padding over bridge and should approach cautiously.
Chesnt Ridge Road: Road construction has been completed. Heavy traffic for gas activity will be fluctuant.
Claymine Road: Bridge is closed for bridge replacement near Six Mile Road. There is no through traffic. Access to most of the road is possible from Strawband Beaver or Shirks Road from the south and east.
Kennedy Road: Road construction has been completed. Heavy traffic for gas activity will be fluctuant.
Rothrock State Forest
Coopers Gap Road is closed from the State Forest land boundary on Township Road 424 to the intersection with Flat Road.
Due to several vehicle accidents on this section of the roadway between November 29 and December 1, 2013, Coopers Gap Road between Brown Township Road 424 to the intersection with Flat Road is closed until further notice. Anyone traveling any of the forestry roads should use extreme caution and some common sense.
Crowfield Road from its terminus at Route 322 to the Crowfiedl/Boal Gap road intersection will be closed from June 3, 2013 through June 13, 2013 due to a road repair project. A detour to Penn Roosevelt State Park via Krise Valley and Boal Gap roads will be posted.
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.
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.