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The majestic Allegheny National Forest (ANF), offers four seasons of outdoor recreation including camping, fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, cycling, birding, snowmobiling and ATV Trails. Located within northwestern Pennsylvania, it is a convenient drive for more than one-third of the nation’s population.
Open to free public access year round, the ANF is approximately 517,000 acres and includes land within McKean, Elk, Warren and Forest counties. Over 463,000 acres are forested, 42,000 acres are non-forest, and 11,000 acres are covered by water, primarily the Allegheny Reservoir formed by the Kinzua Dam, which impounds the Allegheny River. Highlights include the Longhouse National Scenic Byway, Rimrock and Jakes Rock Overlooks, Kinzua Beach, and over 600 miles of multi-use motorized and non-motorized trails. A diverse hardwood forest offers stunning fall foliage, with prime color the last two weeks of September and the first two-weeks of October.
The ANF is administratively divided into two Ranger Districts: Bradford and Marienville. ATV permits are required to ride on designated ATV trails and can be purchased at the Ranger Stations. Topography maps, regional information and maps of the forest service roads are also available at the Ranger Stations along with small gift shops featuring local books, DVDs and other outdoor information. Golden Eagle passes can also be purchased at the ranger stations.
The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the official tourist promotion agency in McKean County, is your source of regional tourism information including free visitors guides and maps, Kinzua Sky Walk information, and other local tourism and travel information.ANF Visitors Bureau