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). (Photo by: Leslie DeVore)
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The Allegheny National Forest offers over 15 campgrounds with more than 1,000 sites, and rustic cabins with amenities ranging from full service with electricity and showers to primitive. Pictured: Late Autumn weekend camping off of FR 160 near Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.
The ANF is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with endless outdoor recreation opportunities, ranging from camping and kayaking, to camping, hiking and mountain biking. The ANF is known as “Trail Central” with hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, horse trails, ATV Trails, and snowmobile trails.
On September 24, 1923, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed a proclamation establishing the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). To this day, the Allegheny National Forest – often called “the ANF” – is the only national forest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
That means that 2023 is the 100th anniversary, or centennial celebration, for the ANF!
Special events and activities are being planned. Learn more here!
Roadwork advisory: The USDA Forest Service announced that roadwork will begin September 18, 2023, on Forest Road 561 and 561A in the Marienville Ranger District of Allegheny National Forest. Forest Roads 561 and 561A are located in Forest County north of Guitonville, PA and off of Forest Road 212 in Warrant 5132. The roads are expected to remain open for travel during construction, which may take up to 30 days.
Be prepared before traveling. Learn about the areas you plan to visit. Look up how to get there, what facilities are available, local terrain, rules and regulations, what communities are nearby and any special concerns for the area.
We invite you to lose (or find!) yourself in the Pennsylvania Wilds lifestyle: a slower pace where the way of life is intertwined with nature and stewardship. Whether you’re new to the region or a lifelong resident, the region’s remoteness can be both awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Plan ahead and consider the 7 principles of Leave No Trace so you have a positive experience while ensuring that others can do the same.