What to do in Tiadaghton State Forest

The Tiadaghton State Forest is one of twenty forest districts created for the protection and management of Pennsylvania's forest lands. It is comprised of 214,973 acres most of which is in Lycoming County. Small portions extend into Tioga, Potter, Clinton and Union Counties. Geographically, the Tiadaghton State Forest is divided into three major blocks. The South Block is located south of the Susquehanna River in the Ridge and Valley province and is characterized by long parallel ridges covered with a forest of mixed oak. The West Block contains the majority of the Tiadaghton State Forest and is centered on the Pine Creek Valley. The area is located on the Allegheny Plateau with its deeply carved stream valleys. The East Block, also on the Allegheny Plateau, is located adjacent to Lycoming and Loyalsock Creeks. The forests are predominately northern hardwoods with some mixed oak in the southern portions.

State designated Natural Areas and long distance trails maybe found through the Forest. Maps are available at the district office.

Susquehanna State Park, Ravensburg State Park and Little Pine State Park are all within the Tiadaghton State Forest offering an array of outdoor opportunities.

The Tiadaghton State Forest is one of twenty forest districts created for the protection and management of Pennsylvania's forest lands. Tiadaghton was the name the Iroquois gave to Pine Creek, the largest tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The exact meaning of Tiadaghton is a mystery that may be locked forever in the folklore of the Iroquois Indians.

The Tiadaghton State Forest is comprised of 214,973 acres of state forest land, most of which is in Lycoming County. Small portions do, however, extend into Tioga, Potter, Clinton, and Union Counties. Geographically, the Tiadaghton State Forest is divided into three major blocks:
The South Block is located south of the Susquehanna River in the Ridge and Valley province and is characterized by long parallel ridges covered with a forest of mixed oak. Since the area is close to Interstate 80 and Williamsport, it receives heavy recreational use. Atop Bald Eagle Mountain, state forest land has been leased for over 45 antenna sites. These provide communication for both public agencies and private businesses.
The West Block contains the majority of the Tiadaghton State Forest and is centered on the Pine Creek Valley. The area is located on the Allegheny Plateau with its deeply carved stream valleys. Mixed oak forests predominate in this area, although some of the deep valleys and the northern portion are covered with northern hardwood forests composed of beech, birch, maple, ash and black cherry. Two small canoe or walk-in camping areas and several access areas have been constructed along Pine Creek.
The East Block, also on the Allegheny Plateau, is located adjacent to Lycoming and Loyalsock Creeks. The forests are predominately northern hardwoods with some mixed oak in the southern portions.

Recreation
The West Block contains the Black Forest Trail which is a 42 mile hiking trail built and maintained by the Bureau of Forestry. It utilizes old railroad grades, logging trails and foot trails to traverse some of the most spectacular terrain in Pennsylvania. Portions of this trail follow foot paths originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The Pine Creek Trail is being developed by the Bureau of Forestry on the abandoned railroad grade that parallels Pine Creek. When completed, the trail will extend 62 miles from Jersey Shore in the Tiadaghton District, north to Wellsboro Junction in the Tioga District. The trail will be used primarily for bicycling, cross-country skiing and walking. Some segments of the corridor will contain a horse trail next to the bicycle path. Motorized vehicles, except emergency and administrative vehicles and maintenance equipment, will be prohibited on the trail.

Cross-country skiing has become a popular winter recreational activity. Over 30 miles of cross-country ski trails are marked and maintained. Maps are available from the Bureau of Forestry.

Algerine Swamp Natural Area contains part of a glacial bog, habitat for black spruce, balsam fir and other northern plant species. Its 84 acres straddle the Lycoming-Tioga County border.

Miller Run Natural Area consists of 4,000 acres of second-growth oak and northern hardwood forests. The roadless watersheds of three streams dissecting the plateau are protected in this area.

Bark Cabin Natural Area contains a seven-acre tract of old-growth hemlock. The Mid State Trail passes through this area. This trail is the second-longest hiking trail in Pennsylvania, extending from U.S. Route 22 near Water Street to the West Rim Trail north of Blackwell.

Algerine Wild Area is a 3,700-acre wild area north of Slate Run which is traversed by the Black Forest Trail.

Wolf Run Wild Area has some of the most remote areas of the Tiadaghton State Forest within its 6,900 acres. The Golden Eagle Trail provides access to the western portions and to Wolf Run.

The East Block contains the Old Loggers Path which is a 27 mile hiking trail that passes through the valleys of Rock Run and Pleasant Stream as well as Masten, once the site of a major logging town with over 1,000 residents. The footpath utilizes old logging trails and the grades of logging railroads. The Loyalsock Trail is a 59 mile hiking trail that begins along Route 87 north of Montoursville and ends on Route 220 north of Laporte. Fourteen miles of this trail are located on the Tiadaghton State Forest.

The McIntyre Wild Area, with 7,500 acres, contains the complete watersheds of four small streams that cascade in numerous waterfalls. It is located north and east of Ralston on Route 14. McIntyre was also the site of a 19th century mining town and contains the ruins of its buildings

Susquehanna State Park, Ravensburg State Park and Little Pine State Park are all within the Tiadaghton State Forest offering an array of outdoor opportunities.

Motorized recreational vehicles (snowmobiles or ATVs) are permitted only where the area is designated for their use by appropriate signs.

Location
The Tiadaghton State Forest is comprised of 214,973 acres of state forest land, most of which is in Lycoming County. Small portions do, however, extend into Tioga, Potter, Clinton and Union Counties. The region is Pennsylvania's north central area about 20 miles south of the New York state line.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Tiadaghton State Forest area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Address
District Forester
423 E. Central Avenue
South Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: 570-327-3450

Fax: 540-327-3444

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