Allegheny National Forest


Wildlife Viewing:

  • The Allegheny National Forest is rich in wildlife, which includes 312 species that live within the Allegheny National Forest region. Of those 312 species, 37 are trapped or hunted, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey and black bear.
  • Five federally Endangered Species are known to occur within the Forest or nearby: Bald Eagle, Northern Riffeshell (mussel), Clubshell (mussel), Indiana bat and small-whorled pogonia (orchid).
  • River otters were re-introduced to Tionesta Creek beginning in 1991.
  • Fishers were re-introduced to the Forest beginning in 1997.

The Allegheny has a rich variety of outdoor activities with over 600 campsites, 6 boat launches, 6 canoe access sites, 2 nationally designated wilderness areas and many miles of hiking, snowmobiling and ATV trails.

The Allegheny National Forest region is rich in cultural resources. Items of interest range from the Seneca Indians to Buckaloons, to the discovery of oil and its effects on development.


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Cook Forest


The 7,182-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called "The Black Forest," the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. The "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a Natural National Landmark. People from all over the world travel to Cook Forest, which is near the Allegheny National Forest and at Forest County's southern edge, to experience breathtaking nature scenery, catch glimpses of the wildlife, hunt and fish, float down the river on canoes, cross-country ski, and spend time with friends and family.


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Cornplanter State Forest


The Cornplanter State Forest is located in western Forest County and consists of 1,256 acres of the Cornplanter Forest District. The District is named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, a famous Indian Chief of the Seneca tribe, born in 1750 and died in 1836. He was instrumental in maintaining peace between the new American government and the League of the Iroquois between 1784 and 1812. The State Forest is only 10 miles from Colonel Edwin Drake's first oil well discovery in 1859. Abundant evidence of past activities exist, and new wells are still being drilled. The Commonwealth does not own the oil, gas or minerals under these State Forest Lands, however, a cooperative attitude with the mineral operators has kept surface disturbance to a minimum.


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