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    Buzzard Swamp Wildlife Viewing Area

    Forest Rd. 157 Marienville PA 16239

    (814) 927-6628 | http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/recarea/?recid=6099&actid=24

    Most of the trails are not marked with diamonds, so watch the informational signs for directions. The skill level of the trails is easy and the terrain is relatively flat. Some of the trails are located within meadows with little protection from the sun and wind. Buzzard Swamp offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on the Forest. The area is an important link in the Atlantic flyway during the waterfowl migration. During spring migration, 20-25 species of waterfowl can be seen around the swamp. An observant hiker could see bear, deer, beaver, coyote, snapping turtles, turkey, osprey and bald eagles. Don't forget your binoculars for great views of the native fauna. All of the ponds have small and large-mouth bass, perch, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Boating is permitted on the ponds, but no motors are allowed. The nearest pond is 1 mile from the trailhead, and since no motorized vehicles are not allowed within this recreation area, boats must be carried in.

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