Where to Find Natural Areas


North

Black Moshannon Bog
1,992 acres

Wetlands adjacent to the southwest arm of the lake comprise the finest reconstructed bog in Pennsylvania. Includes many rare plants associated with sphagnum bogs.
Centre County
Black Moshannon State Park

Forest Cathedral
555 acres

This National Natural Landmark has old-growth stands of white pine and eastern hemlock. Many trees are over 300 years old.
Clarion / Forest counties
Cook Forest State Park

Pine Creek Gorge
699 acres

This National Natural Landmark is a portion of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Park vistas on east and west rims overlook scenic gorge. Contains rare plants.
Tioga County
Colton Point State Park
Leonard Harrison State Park

Swamp Forest
246 acres

Perched water table gives rise to palustrine wetland of old growth eastern hemlocks and white pines at the headwaters of Brown's Run.
Clarion / Forest counties
Cook Forest State Park

 


South

Rapid Run
39 acres

Old growth forest of white pine and eastern hemlock containing areas of emergent wetlands, springs and sphagnum bogs.
Union County
Raymond B. Winter State Park

Pine Swamp
98 acres

Acidic broadleaf swamp containing rare plant species. Characteristic features include vegetated sphagnum hummocks and mucky, water-filled channels.
Berks County
French Creek State Park


East

Bender and Black Bear Swamps
1,600 acres

Acidic shrub swamps; openings contain spagnum moss, rare plants and animals.
Monroe County
Tobyhanna State Park

Boulder Field
16 acres

This National Natural Landmark is a unique geological formation of periglacial origin, impressive due to ts flatness and large size.
Carbon County
Hickory Run State Park

Fall Brook
34 acres

This area contains many old-growth hemlocks and includes a steep gorge with picturesque stream and several waterfalls.
Susquehanna County
Salt Springs State Park

Glens Natural Area
2,845 acres

This National Natural Landmark is the branches of Kitchen Creek and their scenic waterfalls flow through old growth forests of eastern hemlock, white pine and mixed oak.
Luzerne County
Ricketts Glen State Park

Mud Run
1,335 acres

Remote mountain stream lined with rhododendron and eastern hemlock and buffered by a mature hardwood forest. The stream contains a viable native trout population.
Carbon County
Hickory Run State Park

Mud Swamp
152 acres

Remote emergent wetland containing rare plant species of concern.
Carbon County
Hickory Run State Park

Nockamixon Cliffs
28 acres

Cliffs rise nearly 300 feet above the Delaware River. Provides habitat for rare alpine plant species of concern.
Bucks County
Delaware Canal State Park

River Islands
80 acres

Seven islands in the Delaware River containing natural plants communities and many rare plants.
Bucks County
Delaware Canal State Park

Tidal Marsh
71 acres

Freshwater intertidal zone along the shores of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek containing many rare plants.
Bucks County
Neshaminy State Park


West

Black Jack Swamp
725 acres

Palustrine scrub-shrub and emergent wetlands adjacent to Pymatuning Lake. Provides habitat for plant and animal species of concern.
Crawford County
Pymatuning State Park

Clark Island
161 acres

Mature forest of hardwoods and white pines containing an inland, lake-fed pond. Provides habitat for plant species of concern.
Crawford County
Pymatuning State Park

Ferncliff Peninsula
104 acres

This National Natural Landmark is a peninsula formed by a bend in the Youghiogheny River. The area contains abundant wildflowers, old growth hemlocks, mixed oak forests and plant species of concern.
Fayette County
Ohiopyle State Park

Hemlock Trail
5.8 acres

Scenic area of old growth eastern hemlock. The area includes a picturesque portion of Laurel Hill Creek which contains a viable native trout population.
Somerset County
Laurel Hill State Park

Gull Point Special Management Area
67 acres

This National Natural Landmark has a large variety of habitats (bay, sand dune, heath, marsh, pond, etc.) which are critical for migrating shore birds and waterfowl. Provides habitats for many rare plants and animals.
Erie County
Presque Isle State Park

Slippery Rock
92 acres

Floodplain forest of northern hardwoods and adjacent palustrine and shrub-scrub wetlands containing diverse and rare plants.
Butler County
Moraine State Park

Slippery Rock Gorge
1,296 acres

This National Natural Landmark is a steep gorge with numerous rock outcrops and boulders. Northern hardwood-conifer forests contain areas of old growth forests and rare plants.
Lawrence County
McConnells Mill State Park