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the Allegheny Wild
The Allegheny National Forest
is lacking in non-Wilderness Special Areas, especially when compared
to other national forests. This deficiency reflects a lack of management
for scenic areas, natural areas, and recreation areas. Through a
combination of Congressionally-designated National Recreation Areas
and administratively designated Forest Recreation Areas, Allegheny
Wild! would establish a diverse, well managed recreation plan for
Ridge National Recreation Area
These three existing National Recreation
Areas were designated under the Pennsylvania Wilderness Act of 1984.
Due largely to their roadless nature and protected status these
areas are considered some of the best wild places in the Allegheny
today. While Congress must designate National Recreation Areas,
the Forest Service can recommend specific areas to Congress for
this designation. In the interim, these areas can be managed administratively
as recreation areas.
Bear Creek National Recreation Area
The Bear Creek area has attracted national
gatherings, local enthusiasts, and forest naturalists alike. Bear
Creek provides a quality opportunity to develop recreation opportunities
in the southeast part of the Allegheny and provides the type of
experience worthy of National Recreation Area designation.
Lamentation Run National Recreation
The Lamentation Run Area is a remarkable
landscape once considered for Wilderness status. Features include
the proposed Lamentation Run Bicycle Trail, a proposed horse trail,
and the Stony Point Overlook featuring a stunning view of Kelletville
and Tionesta Creek. Opportunities to link in with the Nebraska-Tionesta
Rail-to-Trail and the North Country Trail are significant.
Tionesta National Recreation Area
This proposed National Recreation Area
is important towards the conservation of the 4,000-acre Tionesta
old growth. Features include East Branch Tionesta Creek, an upland
bog, a proposed disability-access nature trail, a segment of the
proposed Tionesta Wilderness Trail, and a beautiful overlook along
the existing snowmobile trail.
Allegany Recreation Area
This proposed recreation area would
provide a needed link between Allegany State Park in New York and
Tracy Ridge National Recreation Area. The result would be an improved
recreation experience for users of the state park and national forest.
Features include the North Country National Scenic Trail and proposed
Allegany Bicycle Trail with scenic vistas.
Beaver Meadows Recreation Area
The Beaver Meadows Campground is the
most accessible for forest users in the Marienville area. Features
a man-made lake and several hiking trails and is an important recreation
area for the Allegheny.
Brush Hollow Recreation Area
Home to a popular cross-country ski
trail and unofficial bicycle trail this area is currently open to
even-aged logging every few decades. Features connector with proposed
14.5 mile Bear Creek Trail. Provides a great trip south to the Clarion
River Wilderness Area!
Buckaloons Recreation Area
Buckaloons is a well known campground
on the very northwest corner of the Allegheny National Forest. This
area includes a developed campground as well as frontage along the
Allegheny River. Managing the surrounding national forest to emphasize
the recreation qualities of Buckaloons and the conservation importance
of the upper Allegheny River watershed is an obvious choice.
Deerlick Run Recreation Area
The Deerlick Run area features a popular
recreation spot easily accessible from Sheffield, PA. Features include
a cross-country ski trail which is often used for mountain biking
as well. Its accessibility to Sheffield and Route 6 make its preservation
for recreation purposes a priority.
Farnsworth Recreation Area
The Farnsworth area would formally
recognize the heavily-used Farnsworth Branch adjacent to Chapman
Dam State Park as a recreation area. This designation would provide
more consistent management for this area popular with fishermen
and dispersed campers.
Westline Recreation Area
The Westline area features the popular,
albeit threatened, Westline Ski Trail. A proposed expansion to the
ski trail, providing additional loops and improved quality, would
expand on this areas already significant recreational use. The small
forest community of Westline is a popular stop for visitors to the
Loleta Recreation Area
The scenic landscape surrounding Loleta
campground is poorly managed despite its high potential. The proposed
Millstone Creek Trail which will traverse several fantastic roadless
areas in the area will start at the campground.
Laurel Mills Recreation Area
Probably the most popular of cross-country
ski areas in the Allegheny National Forest, the Laurel Mills Recreation
Area would feature the ski trails north of the proposed Clarion
River Wilderness. Expansion of the current trail system with two
additional loops will make this one of the region's best cross-country
Twin Lakes Recreation Area
Featuring the Twin Lakes Campground,
a disability access hunting area, and access to the Twin Lakes Trail
this proposed Recreation Area would provide essential recreation
enhancements for the Kane-Ridgway area.