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
Roaring Creek Trail Fall Drive-Through Scheduled
On October 16, 2016, the Weiser Forest District will provide the public with a unique opportunity to drive on the Roaring Creek Trail through the Weiser State Forest's Roaring Creek Tract. The drive-through will begin at 9:00 am starting at the Route 42 parking lot gate; the gate will remain open until 2:00 pm. Traffic will be restricted to one-way travel on the eight mile Roaring Creek Trail and will exit at the Route 54 parking lot gate. All vehicles must exit by 3:00 pm. Passenger vehicles only (cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, passenger vans, motorcycles) will be permitted to enter. Vehcles towing trailers/camper, buses, motorhomes and other large vehicles will not be permitted.
Greenland Road and Greenland Tract: Visitors should expect heavy truck traffic on Greenland road and Berry Mountain Road on the Weiser State Forest's Greenland Tract beginning September 19, 2016 and ending May 31, 2017 during a timber harvest. Work will be occuring from 6 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday. Campsite G4 on the Greenland Tract will be closed through October 28, 2016 during the timber harvest.
Jefferson Tract: Timber harvest work will affect travel on West Deerview Drive. Work will be occurring from 6 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday.
Operation and Maintenance Projects
Haldeman Tract - White Oak Road, equine campsite construction, work in progress
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.