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City, State Zip: Fayetteville, PA 17222-9609
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Forest Description

Michaux State Forest encompasses more than 85,000 acres in the South Mountain area of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties. Considered Pennsylvania's "cradle of forestry," Michaux is the site of first forestry school, Mont Alto. The forest is named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who discovered and named many plants in the 18th century.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 8 )

  • Natural Area
    Beartown Woods Natural Area
    This area is a relic northern hardwood forest more typical of northern Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. Species found in this forest type include sugar maple, yellow birch, American beech, and eastern hemlock.
  • Natural Area
    Mt Cydonia Ponds Natural Area
    This 183-acre area is located just west of Irishtown Road. It was established to protect the numerous vernal ponds scattered throughout the area. These ponds provide critical breeding habitats for certain reptiles and amphibians.
  • Natural Area
    Beartown Woods Natural Area
    This 27-acre area is a relic northern hardwood forest more typical of northern Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. Species found in this forest type include sugar maple, yellow birch, American beech, and eastern hemlock.
  • Natural Area
    Carbaugh Run Natural Area
    This area was established to protect several archeological sites. Early Native Americans quarried stone and produced spear points and arrowheads here. Carbaugh Run is also a designated Reptile and Amphibian Protection Area.
  • Natural Area
    Meeting Of The Pines Natural Area
    This natural area is located adjacent to and north of Penn State University’s Mont Alto Campus. It features five species of native pines (white, pitch, Virginia, table-mountain, and shortleaf) growing together. This does not occur anywhere else in Pennsylvania.
  • Natural Area
    Carbaugh Run Natural Area
    This 780-acre area was established to protect several archeological sites. Early Native Americans quarried stone and produced spear points and arrowheads here. Carbaugh Run is also a designated Reptile and Amphibian Protection Area.
  • Natural Area
    Mt Cydonia Ponds Natural Area
    This tract is located just west of Irishtown Road. It was established to protect the numerous vernal ponds scattered throughout the area. These ponds provide critical breeding habitats for certain reptiles and amphibians.
  • Natural Area
    Meeting Of The Pines Natural Area
    This 611-acre natural area is located adjacent to and north of Penn State University’s Mont Alto Campus. It features five species of native pines (white, pitch, Virginia, table-mountain, and shortleaf) growing together. This does not occur anywhere else in Pennsylvania.

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