Allegheny National Forest & Kinzua Sky Walk
SPRINGTIME IN THE ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST
Spring into action and plan your getaway now to enjoy the beauty of the forest’s rebirth. Songbirds return to fill the air with music. Wildflowers bloom. The air is light and fresh. There is a touch of sunshine on the leaves. There are endless trails leading to just the adventure you need. Travel Packages »
Trout Season Opens
Fishermen are welcome here! You will feel comfortable wearing waders into a local restaurant and locals will love to hear your latest “fish” story. If you are in search of wild trout, mark your calendar – the season in Pennsylvania officially opens on April 13, 2013. Fishing licenses are available for non-residents in three categories: 7-day tourist, 3-day tourist and 1-day tourist. Glendorn, an ORVIS endorsed fly-fishing lodge, offers full service guide and outfitter services. Map of Local Waterways »
Hit the Trails
Choose from more than 600 miles of trails for hiking, biking and backpacking. The Marilla Reservoir Trail System offers a scenic stroll around the Marilla Reservoir and a picture-perfect picnic area beside the Eric Benjamin Covered Bridge. For those looking for more adventure, the North Country National Scenic Trail bisects the forest and offers 96.6 miles of hiking and backpacking excursions. Hiking Maps »
Location is everything, they say, and that goes for birding too. More than 200 species of birds can be found on the Forest, including bald eagles and osprey. The most common birds found are the ruffed grouse, the state bird of Pennsylvania, and the wild turkey. Buzzard Swamp, south of Kane, is a prime area to view these birds. Other popular sites are Timberdoodle Flats, Tracy Ridge Campground and the Big Bend Overlook just past the Kinzua Dam. Read More »
FORE! Golf Trail- Courses Now Open
Tee off this spring on one of the 14 golf courses included the Cattaraugus County-McKean County Golf Trail. Luxury overnight golf packages are available at Penn Hills Country Club. Kane Country Club and Pine Acres both offer 18-holes of scenic play on challenging courses that offer great value.
You can download a regional map of 14 golf courses from Cattaraugus County, New York to McKean County, Pennsylvania. The map contains clickable links to their websites.
Walk the Tracks Across the Sky
Thrill to the adventure of walking out 624 feet, high above the Kinzua Gorge, on the Kinzua Sky Walk at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, Mt. Jewett, PA. Enjoy spectacular views of the forest. Marvel at the awesome beauty of Mother Nature and the ingenuity of this engineering marvel built on the historic towers of what was once the Kinzua Viaduct – the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family. For hikers, the General Kane Trail at the Park is very family friendly. Read More »
The Great Kinzua Bridge – Pictorial History Book Now Available
The Great Kinzua Bridge (6″ x 9″), by Forest Press, is a pictorial history of the Kinzua Viaduct from construction in 1882 to rebirth as the Kinzua Sky Walk in 2011. This book is 112 pages long and features more than 150 photos and illustrations, including rare nineteenth century images of the construction of the viaduct, and detailed photos of the steel restoration project undertaken in 1900. Order Now »
The story is punctuated by profiles of the people whose stories are intertwined with the bridge, from Civil War hero and builder Thomas L. Kane to renowned design engineer Octave Chanute and daredevil Odo Valentine who flew an aircraft between its towers. Read More »