Weiser State Forest
Weiser State Forest is located in the ridge-and-valley region of eastern PA. Named for the frontier diplomat, Conrad Weiser, the forest covers almost 30,000 acres on 16 tracts throughout the region. Weiser also encompasses a series of river islands on the Susquehanna River called the Sheets Island Archipelago.
2016 District Management Acitivity Plan
White Oak Road on Haldeman Tract to Close
A section of White Oak Road on the Weiser State Forest's Haldeman Tract will be closing on August 22, 2016 and will remain closed until September 9, 2016. This section is from the intersection of Wolf Pond Road to the intersection of Lykens Road. The closure is being implemented so a new driving surface can be installed. Three motorized campsites will be closed as well during the resurfacing. These include sites H2, H3 and HG1.
Temporary Road Closure
A 1.25 mile section of White Oak Road on the Weiser State Forest in Jackson Township, Dauphin County will be closed from the intersection with Lykens Road to the intersection with Wolf Pond Road. This closure will allow for the resurfacing of the road with Drivning Surface Aggregate material and will be in effect from Thursday, September 1, 2016 until Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
Radar Hill Road Closure
Radar Hill Road on the Weiser State Forest Greenland tract in Jackson Township, Dauphin County will be reopened to the public on Friday, July 1, 2016. All culvert pipes have now been installed on this Dirt and Gravel Roads funded project.
Campsite G1 on Radar Hill Road will be reopened on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Campsite G3 off of Nevin Slusser Road will be closed for maintenance throughout July 2016.
Haldeman tract– Off of Deep Hollow Road and hauling wood via Deep Hollow Trail, Wolf Pond Road and White Oak Road, 46 acres, A&L Wood, Inc. work is expected to take place 6 am to 4 pm Monday thru Friday.
Operation and Maintenance Projects
Haldeman Tract - White Oak Road, equine campsite construction, work in progress
Roaring Creek Tract - west of SR 42 across from Weiser Resource Management Center, “RMC,” Portion of Big Mountain Trail, (shared use trail-bike, hike, equine), trail maintenance.
Roaring Creek Tract - Weiser Resource Management Center, “RMC,” south end of RMC parking area, new trail construction underway.
Haldeman Tract - Lykens Road, mowing maintenance along both sides of road in preparation for Driving Surface Aggregate “DSA” fall of 2015.
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.
The Weiser State Forest-Roaring Creek Tract in southern Columbia and Northumberland Counties is a special regulated area because of restrictions placed on the deed at the time of purchase. Visitors should familiarize themselves with these special rules posted at the entrances to the parcel.
The Port Clinton Tract located in Southern Schuylkill County is considered a protected area for timber rattlesnakes. The taking of rattlesnakes is prohibited on this tract, including individuals holding a valid rattlesnake permit.
The district has oversight of those river islands within the district where the DCNR holds title along the North, West and Main stems of the Susquehanna River. State Forest Rules and Regulations apply on these lands. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Regulations apply for fishing and boating.
Don't Move Firewood
To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.