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Address: 440 Buchanan Trail
City, State Zip: McConnellsburg, PA 17233-8204
Contact Info: 717-485-3148
fd02@pa.gov
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Forest Description

Named in honor of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, Buchanan State Forest covers 69,703 acres in Franklin, Fulton and Bedford counties. Buchanan’s woodlands straddle the iconic ridges of south-central Pennsylvania.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 6 )

  • Natural Area
    Pine Ridge Natural Area
    Pine Ridge Natural Area is located approximately one mile southeast of Chaneysville, Bedford County. It is part of an area called “Resettlement Lands” that were marginally productive farms purchased by the federal government during the depression to encourage the families to “resettle” on more productive farmland. The abandoned pastures and fields have reforested through pine plantings and natural regeneration of Virginia pine. These pine stands are intermixed with the original oak-hickory forest type. Horseback riding and hiking trails cross the area. Old foundations, granaries, cemeteries, and apple orchards are still in evidence.
  • Wild Area
    Martin Hill Wild Area
    Martin Hill Wild Area includes all 11,500 acres of State Forest land south of Martin Hill in southern Bedford County. The area connects Tussey Mountain with Evitts Mountain and is decidedly wild and rugged. These forests have regenerated after harvesting in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Two small natural ponds and several spring seeps make attractive watering areas for wildlife. No motorized traffic is permitted within the boundaries of the wild area but numerous hiking trails provide access to the interior.
  • Natural Area
    Sweet Root Natural Area
    Sweet Root Natural Area covers 1400 acres near Chaneysville, Bedford County. A 69 acre stand of virgin Hemlock and cove-hardwoods along Sweet Root Run can be reached from Martin Hill Road following the Tarkiln or Sweet Root Trails. Most of the large hemlocks have succumbed to infestation by the hemlock woolly adelgid. The balance of the natural area is composed of second growth oak and oak-hard pine stands.
  • Natural Area
    Pine Ridge Natural Area
    Pine Ridge Natural Area is a 568 acre tract located approximately one mile southeast of Chaneysville, Bedford County. It is part of an area called “Resettlement Lands” that were marginally productive farms purchased by the federal government during the depression to encourage the families to “resettle” on more productive farmland. The abandoned pastures and fields have reforested through pine plantings and natural regeneration of Virginia pine. These pine stands are intermixed with the original oak-hickory forest type. Horseback riding and hiking trails cross the area. Old foundations, granaries, cemeteries, and apple orchards are still in evidence.
  • Wild Area
    Martin Hill Wild Area
    Martin Hill Wild Area includes all State Forest land south of Martin Hill in southern Bedford County. The area connects Tussey Mountain with Evitts Mountain and is decidedly wild and rugged. These forests have regenerated after harvesting in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Two small natural ponds and several spring seeps make attractive watering areas for wildlife. No motorized traffic is permitted within the boundaries of the wild area but numerous hiking trails provide access to the interior.
  • Natural Area
    Sweet Root Natural Area
    Sweet Root Natural Area near Chaneysville, Bedford County. A 69 acre stand of virgin Hemlock and cove-hardwoods along Sweet Root Run can be reached from Martin Hill Road following the Tarkiln or Sweet Root Trails. Most of the large hemlocks have succumbed to infestation by the hemlock woolly adelgid. The balance of the natural area is composed of second growth oak and oak-hard pine stands.

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