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Address: 181 Rothrock Lane
City, State Zip: Huntingdon, PA 16652
Contact Info: 814-643-2340
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Forest Description

Rothrock State Forest is named for Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, a native of Mifflin County and the Commonwealth’s first forestry commissioner. He is recognized as the “Father of Forestry” in Pennsylvania. Rothrock State Forest comprises 96,956 acres that spread across the rugged ridges of Huntingdon, Centre and Mifflin counties.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 16 )

  • Wild Area
    Thickhead Wild Area
    A short drive from State College, these 4,886 acres provide an extensive, undeveloped area of mixed-oak forest. Thickhead Mountain Wild Area surrounds the Detweiler Run and Bear Meadows Natural Areas.
  • Natural Area
    Rocky Ridge Natural Area
    Rocky Ridge Natural Area is in Huntingdon County, south of Martin Gap. These 150 acres of rich, mixed-oak woodland supports numerous wildflowers among exposures of Oriskany sandstone and limestone.
  • Natural Area
    Big Flat Laurel Natural Area
    Big Flat Laurel Natural Area is in Huntingdon and Centre Counties, four miles south of Boalsburg. Adjacent to Bear Meadows Natural Area, these 184 acres include large stands of Mountain Laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower.
  • Natural Area
    Bear Meadows Natural Area
    Bear Meadows Natural Area is located in Centre County, four miles south of Boalsburg. This natural area surrounds a fen wetland. Black Spruce, Red Spruce, and Balsam Fir border large areas of highbush blueberry. Good trails and an observation platform allow viewing of wildlife and songbirds while minimizing impact on the habitat. Bear Meadows is recognized as a National Natural Landmark.
  • Natural Area
    Little Juniata Natural Area
    Located at a water gap in Tussey Mountain, west of Barree, Huntingdon County this natural area is of specific geologic interest for its talus slope of hard, white, Tuscarora sandstone and a horizontal thrust fault.
  • Natural Area
    Bear Meadows Natural Area
    Bear Meadows Natural Area is located in Centre County, four miles south of Boalsburg. This natural area contains 890 acres surrounding a fen wetland. Black Spruce, Red Spruce, and Balsam Fir border large areas of highbush blueberry. Good trails and an observation platform allow viewing of wildlife and songbirds while minimizing impact on the habitat. Bear Meadows is recognized as a National Natural Landmark.
  • Natural Area
    Alan Seeger Natural Area
    Alan Seeger NA includes 390 acres north of Greenwood Furnace State Park. A loop trail winds through rhododendron, under towering Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, and Yellow Birch along Standing Stone Creek.
  • Natural Area
    Big Flat Laurel Natural Area
    Big Flat Laurel Natural Area is in Huntingdon and Centre Counties, four miles south of Boalsburg. Adjacent to Bear Meadows Natural Area, this tract include large stands of Mountain Laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower.
  • Natural Area
    Detweler Run Natural Area
    Detweiler Run Natural Area is in Huntingdon County, southeast of Boalsburg. This 463-acre portion of Detweiler hollow supports old growth White Pine and Eastern Hemlock with a dense rhododendron understory.
  • Natural Area
    Little Juniata Natural Area
    Located at a water gap in Tussey Mountain, west of Barree, Huntingdon County this 624-acre natural area is of specific geologic interest for its talus slope of hard, white, Tuscarora sandstone and a horizontal thrust fault.
  • Wild Area
    Thickhead Wild Area
    A short drive from State College, this tract provide an extensive, undeveloped area of mixed-oak forest. Thickhead Mountain Wild Area surrounds the Detweiler Run and Bear Meadows Natural Areas.
  • Wild Area
    Trough Creek Wild Area
    Located on the slopes of Terrace Mountain above Raystown Lake, these 1,703 acres protect the aesthetics of this popular recreational area while providing additional opportunities for hiking and observing wildlife.
  • Natural Area
    Rocky Ridge Natural Area
    Rocky Ridge Natural Area is in Huntingdon County, south of Martin Gap. This area is rich with mixed-oak woodland supports numerous wildflowers among exposures of Oriskany sandstone and limestone.
  • Natural Area
    Detweiler Run Natural Area
    Detweiler Run Natural Area is in Huntingdon County, southeast of Boalsburg. This portion of Detweiler hollow supports old growth White Pine and Eastern Hemlock with a dense rhododendron understory.
  • Natural Area
    Alan Seeger Natural Area
    Alan Seeger Natural Area located north of Greenwood Furnace State Park. A loop trail winds through rhododendron, under towering Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, and Yellow Birch along Standing Stone Creek.
  • Wild Area
    Trough Creek Wild Area
    Located on the slopes of Terrace Mountain above Raystown Lake, this tract protects the aesthetics of this popular recreational area while providing additional opportunities for hiking and observing wildlife.

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