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
No current advisories
Buchanan State Forest
Clear Creek State Forest
No current advisories.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Flood Damaged Area (Lycoming and Sullivan Counties)
Click here for a map of the flood damaged area and roads that are closed to motor vehicles. Pleasant Stream Road is closed. Walker Road is closed. Mill Creek Road is closed from the Twin Creeks bridge to the west. Big Hollow Road is closed from Mill Creek Road west to Gooseberry Haul Road. Upper Camels Road is closed from Deer Trail to the west. Hillsgrove Road is closed for the last quarter mile on the Masten end, and from the Old Logger's Path crossing to the east. Some township roads used to access the Loyalsock State Forest in this area are also closed. The upper portion of Pleasant Stream Road in McIntyre Twp. is closed except to local traffic. Masten Road in McNett Twp. is closed from the quarry down into Masten. Hoagland Branch Road in Fox Twp. from Elk Creek north is closed. Dry Run Road in Fox Twp. is closed from Bear Wallow State Forest Road down to the Hoagland Branch Road.
Michaux State Forest
Birch Run Road: Birch Run Road will be closed 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.
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.
Pinchot State Forest
Harvey's Creek Tract, Avondale Area: All roads and trails in the Avondale Mine Area are closed until further notice due to mine reclamation work.
Deep Hollow Tract, Seven Tubs Recreation Area: Old Bear Creek Blvd. bridge is washed out across Laurel Run. Please use caution when traveling in this area.
Moon Lake Recreation Area: This area will be under construction for building demolition. Please use caution when traveling roads. The Moon Lake Recreation Area will be closed to hunting for the 2016-2017 hunting season due to demolition and construction work.
Rothrock State Forest
No current advisories.
Sproul State Forest
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.
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
No current advisories.
Tioga State Forest
No current advisories
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.