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Gift Ideas from the Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail

The entrance to America's First Christmas Store, found in the Allegheny National Forest.

The Allegheny National Forest invites you to celebrate the season with them

The Allegheny National Forest, situated in northwestern Pennsylvania, beckons visitors with its natural beauty and blend of tranquility and slower-paced way of life. But there is more to see and do just beyond the forests and winding roads. Small towns dot the landscape with their unique charm and character. 

This holiday season is the perfect time to explore the local shops, bakeries, and galleries that make up the heart of these small towns. 

Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail is a collection of quality retailers throughout the Allegheny Forest Region. Locations and descriptions of the shops are presented in an easy-to-follow holiday map.

From any direction, there are numerous fun places to visit and explore. 

If you want something unique, stop by Artworks on the Summit in Kane. This co-op of local artists features fiber art, pottery, glass, and many other fine crafts. The Main Street Mercantile in Bradford also offers local artwork, collectibles, and antiques.

A must-stop on the trail is in Smethport at America’s First Christmas Store. Established in 1932 at a prior location, the store gained national attention for Doc Johnson’s hand-crafted Christmas decorations. Today, visitors enjoy the area’s largest selection of Old World Christmas ornaments, snow globes, hand-crafted Christmas decor, and more. It truly is a holiday sensation. 

For the outdoor enthusiast on your list, check out Sportsman’s Outlet. This family-owned business offers discounted brand-name clothing, kayaks, fishing, and hunting equipment. 

Zippo/Case Museum & Flagship Store is an entertaining experience. Interactive displays and videos tell of Zippo’s long-time connection with Hollywood and rock music. There is also a display of the world’s most extensive collection of rare Case knives, and be sure to check out the brilliant “knife in motion” Audio Kinetic Machine.

For the person with everything on your list, visit CJ Spirits Craft Distillery for a Bloody Mary gift basket or a bottle of Wild’s Leek Vodka. The distillery is the only place in the US to find this one-of-a-kind vodka. 

Fill all your culinary needs with a stop by Jack Bell’s Meat and Poultry. This family-owned country store has been around since 1971 and features sausages, fresh-cut meats, a full line of in-house smoked meats, and many specialty items.

Many more retailers and boutiques are just waiting in the forest for you to discover.

Towering trees adorned in frost and a delicate layer of snow capture the season’s magic and enchantment of the Allegheny National Forest. This year, take the road less traveled and explore the beauty and serenity waiting just beyond the bend. 

Visit for your Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail map and plan your visit today. 

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