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Nature Lovers Paradise: Summer Exploration in Allegheny National Forest Region

The Allegheny National Forest Region is a destination full of nature’s beauty waiting for you to explore. It is the only National Forest in Pennsylvania (PA) located in the northwestern region of the state.

From camping, hiking, fishing, off-road adventure, scenic drives, and dining, the Allegheny National Park region has something for everyone.

For the avid angler, cast your line in the Allegheny Reservoir. Bass, muskie, walleye, crappie, catfish, and panfish are plentiful. The reservoir is the second largest lake in PA, with 91 miles of shoreline, across the PA / New York state line.

Take a swim at Kinzua Beach, located along Route 59. Other areas to swim are available at the reservoir campgrounds situated along the shoreline. Or spend your day enjoying the beautiful scenery by boat, canoe, or kayak. The Kinzua Wolf Run Marina is a full-service marina with a seasonal restaurant. If you don’t have water equipment, no worries; they offer rental options.

If you are looking for a little more adrenaline, the Allegheny National Forest has more than 100 miles of ATV, dirt bike, and motocross riding year-round. Experience hill climbs, curves, and mud trails to get your blood pumping.

Become one with nature by foot or biking. Over 600 miles of four-season trails in the region are full of history and breathtaking beauty. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the McKean County Historic Collectible Pin Trail, which offers a different collectible pin at 10 historic sites within McKean County.

Discover wooden covered bridges along the 1-mile loop at Marilla Bridges Trail and the 10.5-mile trail on the Kinzua Valley Trail.

Bike lovers won’t be disappointed with the 2023 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year, the Knox and Kane Rail Trail. It is a 7.8-mile trail from the Kinzua Bridge State Park to Mt. Jewett, PA.

If biking, hiking, or being in the water isn’t for you, but you still want to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, then a scenic drive is for you. The region offers seven driving trails from the impressive Kinzua Sky Walk at the Kinzua Gorge, the forestlands of the Allegheny National Forest, and quaint villages and farmlands.

After you have become one with nature, enjoy award-winning wines, craft brews, and spirits at Bear Creek Wines. Sit around a glowing fire with a glass in hand and discuss all your memories from the day.

The fun doesn’t stop in just one day as the region offers many accommodations, from cabins, camping, RV, Inns, and more. Check out www.visitanf.com to plan your next stay or day trip at the Allegheny National Forest.

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