Trails in the Allegheny National Forest Region

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Allegheny National Forest

Highlights include the mighty Allegheny (Kinzua) Reservoir and over 600 miles of trails, including hiking, biking, ATV and snowmobile trails. Beautiful scenery from designated overlooks are yours to enjoy along the Longhouse National Scenic Drive. The extensive trail system, which includes 96.3 miles of North Country National Scenic Trail, provides opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing. American Bald Eagles soar over the Reservoir.

So Big, So Green

The majestic Allegheny National Forest sprawls over the four wild and beautiful counties of McKean, Warren, Elk and Forest. Located in the most northern tier of the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Allegheny National Forest is within a convenient days drive of over 1/3 of the Nation’s population. The forest is 513,000 acres with over 100 miles of shoreline along the Allegheny Reservoir.

Camping & Cabins

Over 600 campsites within 16 campgrounds are available. Rustic cabins are available at Willow Bay Recreation Area, located along the northeastern shoreline of the Allegheny Reservoir. Campsites contain a picnic table, fire ring or grill, accommodates parking for two vehicles, a wheeled camping unit and tent.

Reservoir Campgrounds
Willow Bay Campground/Cabins and Boat Launch — Lake front camping, electric. Willow Bay is the ONLY recreation area offering cabin rentals on the Allegheny National Forest. Be sure to call early for your reservations.

Before Memorial Day & After Labor Day
In season: 1-877-444-6777

Boat, kayak and pontoon rentals are also available at Willow Bay.

Other Reservoir Campsites
Red Bridge, Dewdrop, Kiasutha

Non Reservoir Campgrounds
Tracy Ridge, Hearts Content, Minister Creek, Beaver Meadows, Loleta, Buckaloons, Twin Lakes

Primitive Campgrounds
Access by boat and hiking only. Handsome Lake, Hooks Brook, Hopewell, Pine Grove
Reservations can be made from 5 to 240 days in advance.
Group sites can be reserved up to 240 days in advance.

Tie On Your Hiking Boots!

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Trails in the Allegheny National Forest

  • Hiking: 16 Trails, 201 miles
  • Cross Country Skiing: 8 trails, 53 miles
  • Interpretive: 10 trails, 18 miles

The North Country Trail has 96.3 miles of completed trail marked with with blazes within the Allegheny National Forest. The longest trail in the ANF, it is a designated National Scenic Trail. Accessed by Willow Bay Recreation Area is heads south along the eastern shore and travels to the Tionesta Scenic Area, then southeast to Nansen and southwest to Seldom Seen Corners.

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ATV / Motorcycle / Mountain Bike

A wide variety of trails are available within the Allegheny National Forest. Travel is on designated routes only. Motorized trails open from the Friday before Memorial Day to the last Sunday of September. The Winter Season is December 20 to April 1. Trails may be closed during adverse conditions. Permits are required in the ANF for motorized riding.

Motorized Trails in the ANF

  • Marienville ATV 14.2 miles: more difficult: trail/mountain bike.
  • Marienville Bike 23.1 miles: most difficult: ATV.
  • Rock Gap ATV/Bike 21.9 miles: more/most difficult, trail bike, snowmobile, mountain bike.
  • Timberline ATV 37.8 miles: easiest: snowmobile, mountain bike.
  • Willow Creek ATV 10 miles: more difficult: trail/mountain bike.

Call ahead for trail conditions: 814-723-5150. For ATV Permit information, contact the Bradford Ranger Station: 814-362-4613.

Local ATV Trails on Private Lands
If the trails are closed on the ANF, please check with Majestic Trails located in Rew, PA, just east of Bradford for conditions on their trails which are open year round.

Allegheny Snowmobile Loop

“Do the Loop” over 360 miles of groomed trails winding through the lush forests of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Snowmobile season designated routes only, from Dec. 20 to April 1.

  • ANF Snow Conditions: 814-723-5150
  • State Snow Conditions: 877-766-6253

Where’s the Water?

The Allegheny Reservoir provides outstanding recreational and fishing opportunities.The Kinzua Wolf Run Marina is located along the eastern shore of the Allegheny Reservoir, along Rt. 59, west of Bradford. It provides docking, launching, boat rentals, houseboat rentals, gasoline, bait & tackle, general store, excursions, and a restaurant. Seasonal.

More Information
Kinzua Wolf Run Marina

Allegheny Reservoir Beaches

  • Kinzua Beach: Access from Rt. 59, 12 miles west from Bradford
  • Kiasutha Beach: Access from Rt. 321, north of Kane

Boat Launches
Willow Bay Recreation Area — Launching & boat rentals: 814-368-4158Webs Ferry, Roper Hollow, Kiasutha, Elijah Run

Picnic Sites
A variety of picnic sites are available near the Reservoir for you to enjoy.

  • Rimrock Overlook
  • Willow Bay
  • Kinzua Beach
  • Kiasutha
  • Jake’s Rocks Overlook

Other picnic sites within the Allegheny National Forest are located at Beaver Meadows, Buckaloons, Heart’s Content, Loleta, Twin Lakes, Tidioute Overlook.


The forest abounds with hundreds of miles of stream trout fishing from the large tailwater fishery at the base of the Kinzua Dam to tiny brook trout streams on the Allegheny Plateau. Kinzua Creek is a local favorite.

The Allegheny Reservoir has produced Pennsylvania and New York records in Walleye and Channel Catfish. Grey Fox, March Brown, Green Drakes, and native Brown Trout are found in these waters.

PA Fishing License required. Tourist license available. For complete fishing information, please visit:


The Allegheny National Forest offers top notch black bear, white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting. There are also excellent opportunities to hunt ruffled grouse, squirrels, coyotes and snowshoe hares. Good waterfowl hunting can also be found on and around the Allegheny River.

For More Information

Contact the U.S. Forest Service
Bradford Ranger District: 814-362-4613
Marienville Ranger District: 814-927-6628
Warren Supervisor’s Office: 814-723-5150