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Address: 4455 Big Spring Rd
City, State Zip: Blain, PA 17006-9434
Contact Info: 717-536-3191
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Forest Description

Tuscarora State Forest derives its name from Tuscarora Mountain, which was named for the Iroquois-nation tribe that once inhabited the area. Comprising 95,780 acres, the Tuscarora includes tracts in Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties.The forest spans across the heart of south-central Pennsylvania's distinctive ridges and mountain gaps.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 9 )

  • Natural Area
    The Hemlocks Natural Area
    Located along Hemlock Road near Big Spring State Park, this area consists of 120 acres of virgin hemlock in a narrow ravine about one and one-half miles long. Three miles of trails traverse the area on each side of Patterson Run. At the trailhead parking area, there is a picnic table for use by the public. Pamphlets are available. Camping is not permitted.
  • Natural Area
    The Hemlocks Natural Area
    Located along Hemlock Road near Big Spring State Park, this area consists of virgin hemlock in a narrow ravine about one and one-half miles long. Three miles of trails traverse the area on each side of Patterson Run. At the trailhead parking area, there is a picnic table for use by the public. Pamphlets are available. Camping is not permitted.
  • Wild Area
    James C. Nelson Wild Area
  • Natural Area
    Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area
    Located in Perry County near New Bloomfield, this isolated 10-acre tract contains a rare colony of box huckleberry, which is a single plant estimated to be 1,300 years old. There is an interpretive trail at the site.
  • Wild Area
    James C. Nelson Wild Area
    Located on the eastern end of Tuscarora Mountain, the timber in this area was cut between 1902 and 1917. Felled timber was removed by a self-acting incline and logging railroad. Later, minerals were quarried to make refractory brick. In 1964, the Commonwealth purchased these lands from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Company. Except for the remains of the logging railroad and quarrying, there is little evidence of man-made disturbance. Primitive backpack camping is permitted.
  • Natural Area
    Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area
    Located in Perry County near New Bloomfield, this isolated tract contains a rare colony of box huckleberry, which is a single plant estimated to be 1,300 years old. There is an interpretive trail at the site.
  • Natural Area
    Frank E. Masland Natural Area
    Surrounding a two-mile section of North Branch Laurel Run, this 1,270-acres tract is a good example of old, second-growth forest. There are several access points along the outer fringe of the natural area that lead to a primitive trail system. This natural area has a special regulation that strictly prohibits the killing or taking of amphibians or reptiles.
  • Natural Area
    Frank E. Masland Natural Area
    Surrounding a two-mile section of North Branch Laurel Run, this tract is a good example of old, second-growth forest. There are several access points along the outer fringe of the natural area that lead to a primitive trail system. This natural area has a special regulation that strictly prohibits the killing or taking of amphibians or reptiles.
  • Natural Area
    Sheets Island Archipelago Natural Area
    This natural area is a series of islands located in the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County. This 70-acre group of islands supports many resident and migratory species of waterfowl and songbirds.

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