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Scenic and Historic Allegheny
The U.S. Forest Service has not designated
a new scenic area in the Allegheny National Forest in over 30 years.
Opportunities to promote and preserve highlights in the scenic beauty
of the Allegheny have remained untapped for much of that time.
Under the Allegheny Wild! proposal,
travelers who are interested in what the Allegheny has to offer
will be introduced to scenic areas that demonstrate the unique beauty
the Allegheny has to offer.
As proposed, the new Bogus Rocks Scenic
Area would include a new trailhead, scenic trail, and scenic campground
within this easily-accessible gem.
Tionesta Scenic Area (existing)
This Scenic Area forms half of a 4,100-acre
of original Eastern Hemlock-Northern Hardwoods old growth forest.
Recognized as a National Natural Landmark this area features the
North Country National Scenic Trail and Tionesta Scenic Interpretive
Heart's Content Scenic Area (existing)
This National Natural Landmark features
a 120-acre stand of virgin white pine, eastern hemlock, and American
beech. One of the best known places in the Allegheny National Forest.
Rocks Scenic Area (proposed)
The proposed Bogus Rocks Scenic Area
provides an unusual opportunity to promote the unique beauty that
is the Allegheny National Forest in a fashion that is environmentally
responsible and attractive to nature-loving forest users. Easily
accessible from Routes 66 and 948, two of the main forest travel
routes, the Bogus Rocks Scenic Area features some oustanding rock
outcroppings and overlooks that make the Allegheny a unique land
worth protecting. Primarily a roadless habitat, this area features
the proposed Bogus Rocks Scenic Trail which traverses through a
stand of oaks and mountain laurel on its way to the stunning main
Currently, there are no areas in the
Allegheny National Forest designated as Historic Areas. Yet, the
Allegheny has an incredible natural and human history worth studying.
Under Allegheny Wild! the Allegheny Defense Project has proposed
several new historic areas that will begin the process of historic
study and education in the forest. Much of the Allegheny National
Forest's historic heritage, both natural and human influenced, remain
largely untapped. The Forest Service has no cohesive plan to the
preservation of this history, its interpretation, or its management.
Bull Hill Historic Area
This Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
was used as a Prisoner of War Camp during World War II. Although
foundations are all that remain today, several buildings constructed
when this site was used as a Youth Corp Camp in the 1970's remain.
Currently little-used this site received limited use by a local
Boy Scout Troop and provides an excellent opportunity for interpretive
work and a visitors center.
Colosmos Historic Area
The proposed Colosmos site features
an interesting intersect between human history and natural history.
The small cave for which this area is known provided a refuge to
a wayward hunter during a blizzard some years ago. Ths site is positioned
near several historical artifacts.
Little Drummer Historic Area
This area includes many historic relics
from the extraction period between 1880 and 1920. Currently home
to the Little Drummer Historic Pathway this site has excellent potential
as an interptetive historic area. Unfortunately, this will require
that current interpretive literature be replaced with unbiased,
empirically supported historic interpretation.