Find your unique journey on the NST in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Pennsylvania is one of 7 northern states that the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) traverses, covering outstanding scenic beauty across a variety of environments. The Pennsylvania portions of the trail, which cover 265 miles, wind largely through our hardwood forests - including the Allegheny National Forest, and in portions, parallel to the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers.
Open skies, rolling mountains, and forest abound in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), Pennsylvania's only National Forest. Established in 1923, the ANF covers 517,000 acres. The Allegheny National Forest's motto "Land of Many Uses" speaks to the balance of outdoor recreation, watershed protection, wildlife habitat management, and sustainable forestry practices. The ANF contains an 87-mile meandering northward segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST).
Famous for its stands of old growth forest known as the “The Ancients,” Cook Forest State Park’s Forest Cathedral of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) intersects Cook Forest State Park and State forest lands.
Please consult these sources for trail information to safely and efficiently plan your trek.
In the area
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.
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.