Weiser State Forest


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Weiser Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps.

 

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.


2017 District Management Activity Plan
The district management activity plan is ready and available for public questions and/or feedback. View it here.

 

Herbicide Spray Project along Roaring Creek Trail 

The week of July 17-21, 2017 there will be an herbicide spray project on 66 acres along the Roaring Creek Trail weather permitting. The spray area is at the furthest easterly deer exclosure aprroximately 3/4 mile west of S.R. 42. Notification signs will be in place.   

 

Natalie Culm Bank Project Set to Begin

The culm bank on Route 54 north of Natalie will be removed and remediated in the coming months. The project will include completion of a new parking area and trail head for forest visitors to access the trails on the state forest land in the Natalie area. Find out more about the project here, to see current trail closures (effective 4/1/17) click here.

Timber Harvesting   

Roaring Creek Tract: A 275 acre timber sale in the area of the Roaring Creek Trail is projected to begin on 6/26/17. Please exercise caution as log trucks will be utilizing Roaring Creek Trail between #1 Natalie West Trail and # 2 Natalie Trail. Find more information here.

Maintenance   

Jefferson Tract: A parking area will be constructed at the first log landing in the fall of 2017. 

General Advisories

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.