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District: 13
Address: 258 Sizerville Road
City, State Zip: Emporium, PA 15834
Contact Info: 814-486-3353
fd13@pa.gov
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Forest Description

Elk State Forest derives its name from the great numbers of elk that once thrived in the area. Located mainly in Elk and Cameron counties, it comprises 200,000 acres of northern hardwood forest. Today, visitors can once again see elk in the meadows and openings scattered throughout the state forest. This is one of eight state forests located in the PA Wilds region and features the Elk Country Visitor Center and a portion of the Elk Scenic Drive.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 12 )

  • Natural Area
    Lower Jerry Run Natural Area
    This 892 acre natural area is noted for its old growth pine and hemlock trees.
  • Natural Area
    Pine Tree Trail Natural Area
    This 2 gem features a stand of old-field growth white pine.
  • Natural Area
    Bucktail State Park Natural Area
    This is a 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium to Lock Haven and contains views of some 22,724 acres in the Elk and Sproul state forests. All state owned land visible from PA Route 120 (rim to rim along the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek) was legislated “State Park” status in 1933 at a time when the Department of Forests and Waters did not have a state park system. The “Bucktail” is considered a memorial honoring the Civil War volunteers who traveled this route to do their part for the Union. In 1975 it was designated a state Natural Area.
  • Wild Area
    Quehanna Wild Area
    Quehanna Wild Area, is set aside to maintain the undeveloped character of the forest environment. This tract was originally state forest land that was leased to the Curtiss Wright Corporation for jet engine and nuclear research in 1955. It was returned to the Commonwealth in 1966. The Quehanna Wild Area is jointly administered by Moshannon and Elk state forest districts. Snowmobiling, vehicular camping, and off-road vehicle use are prohibited to protect the wild character of the area.
  • Natural Area
    Bucktail State Park Natural Area
    This is a 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium to Lock Haven and contains views of some 16,433 acres in the Elk and Sproul state forests. All state owned land visible from PA Route 120 (rim to rim along the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek) was legislated “State Park” status in 1933 at a time when the Department of Forests and Waters did not have a state park system. The “Bucktail” is considered a memorial honoring the Civil War volunteers who traveled this route to do their part for the Union. In 1975 it was designated a state Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Johnson Run Natural Area
    This 216 acre natural area features an old growth hemlock-hardwood mix.
  • Natural Area
    Pine Tree Trail Natural Area
    This 276 acre gem features a stand of old-field growth white pine.
  • Natural Area
    Lower Jerry Run Natural Area
    This natural area is noted for its old growth pine and hemlock trees.
  • Wild Area
    Quehanna Wild Area
    Quehanna Wild Area, is set aside to maintain the undeveloped character of the forest environment. This 50,000-acre tract was originally state forest land that was leased to the Curtiss Wright Corporation for jet engine and nuclear research in 1955. It was returned to the Commonwealth in 1966. The Quehanna Wild Area is jointly administered by Moshannon and Elk state forest districts. Snowmobiling, vehicular camping, and off-road vehicle use are prohibited to protect the wild character of the area.
  • Natural Area
    M.K. Goddard / Wykoff Run Natural Area
    This 1,215 acre tract is an area representing hydric hemlock and white birch forests.
  • Natural Area
    M.K. Goddard / Wykoff Run Natural Area
    This tract is an area representing hydric hemlock and white birch forests.
  • Natural Area
    Johnson Run Natural Area
    This natural area features an old growth hemlock-hardwood mix.

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