National Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wild and scenic

One may only appreciate what we mean by “wild and scenic” from the vantage point of a canoe or kayak, gently yet resolutely moving with current along our Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny and the Clarion Rivers, and state designated water trails. The views are stunning from land though as well.

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Allegheny River

With 86.6 miles of recreational use, the National Wild & Scenic Allegheny River flows through forest valleys, wilderness islands and rural landscapes.

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Clarion River

Explore the federally designated National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. A 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for both land and water recreation. (Clarion River Photo by Kyle Yates)

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Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail

The Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail meanders along the scenic Clarion River Trail and Little Toby Creek. Hike or bike past lofty shale formations and waterfalls and natural spreads of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. Wetlands and wildflowers abound, and visitors may see wildlife. Bring a camera! Both waterways are popular trout streams.

About National Wild & Scenic Rivers

One may only appreciate what we mean by “wild and scenic” from the vantage point of a canoe or kayak, gently yet resolutely moving with current along our Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny and the Clarion Rivers, and state designated water trails. The views are stunning from land though as well.

 

Our rivers are known for some of the best flat water paddling in the United States. Voted Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year, the Allegheny River annually hosts the American Canoe Association’s national canoe races.

 

The Clarion River winds for 115 miles through narrow valleys and forests. Adjacent public lands provide opportunities for riverside picnicking, camping, hiking, and bicycling. Keep an eye out for eagles and osprey as you explore extensive wildlife and forest areas.

 

Ready to get on the water? Here we go! Plan your canoe or kayak river adventure well in advance, with designated water trail maps available on national forest and state forest and park websites. Or, go with a pro! Outfitters and river experts are also available throughout the region for supplies, and to help you plan your water trip safely.

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PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau

We are the designated tourism promotion agency for a 5-county region consisting of Clarion, Jefferson, Elk Forest, and Cameron Counties, which is known as the PA Great Outdoors. Contact us for information on lodging, events, attractions, and more.

Forest Press / ANF Visitors Bureau

Forest Press, a division of the ANF Visitors Bureau, is a non-profit multimedia company whose mission is to celebrate authentic American experiences in places like the Allegheny National Forest. Our goal is to capture the spirit of this hidden corner of the world so that others will come to appreciate these places as much as we do. Developing a new product can be an adventure in itself, much like barreling down the Allegheny River, climbing through what were once Native American hunting grounds, or snowshoeing across miles of fresh fallen snow at a place called Willow Bay. The thrill is in the experience and in knowing there is always something new to discover just ahead. Forest Press works with non-profit organizations, companies and individuals to tell engaging stories that inform and inspire.To creative memorable keepsakes, informative books and documentary style DVDs that represent this place we call home.

Chapman State Park

Chapman State Park has some Verizon coverage and we do not offer WiFi. Firewood is available for sale in the campground. Bring all necessary supplies for camping or activities ‐ there are no supplies available for sale for 10 miles away except for firewood. Campsites should be reserved in advance. Activities: Ampitheater, Biking, Camping, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Hiking, Geocaching, Hunting, Pavilion, Picnicking, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities

PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau

We are the designated tourism promotion agency for a 5-county region consisting of Clarion, Jefferson, Elk Forest, and Cameron Counties, which is known as the PA Great Outdoors. Contact us for informa...

2801 Maplevale Road
Brookville PA 15825