Allegheny National Forest

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Northwest Pennsylvania which includes forests and general coastal views

Hike, camp, fish, canoe and enjoy dozens of other recreational activities in the rolling hills of this picturesque forest.

Allegheny National Forest is Pennsylvania’s only national forest, encompassing 513,000 acres (208,000 hectares) of virgin hardwood forests, gushing streams, pleasant beaches and campgrounds. Engage in a diverse range of outdoor activities, from cycling in the summer to snowmobiling in the winter.

Many of the recreation areas are concentrated around the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir, which sit at the heart of the forest. The reservoir is a wonderful spot for fishing, with typical catches including northern pike, brown trout, walleye and channel catfish. Swim on one of the two beaches and rent a canoe, kayak or motorboat to take out on the reservoir.

The forest has plenty of trails, geared towards hikers of all levels. Many trails are also open to all-terrain vehicles, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. Plan a multi-day hike on the 96-mile (155-kilometer) North Country National Scenic Trail, the longest trail in the forest. This scenic route passes through old-growth forests and offers gorgeous views of the Allegheny Reservoir.

For something a little less strenuous, follow the 2-mile (3-kilometer) Shawmut Trail, which runs through open meadows and wooded areas. An all-season trail, Shawmut can also be used for biking, snowshoeing and skiing.

Spend a night or two on one of the forest’s 16 developed campgrounds. Some cabins include heated swimming pools, hot tubs, playgrounds and free Wi-Fi. If you prefer a more down-to-earth camping experience, choose one of the primitive reservoir campgrounds accessible only by boat. Backcountry dispersed camping is allowed in most areas.

Drive along the beautiful Longhouse National Scenic Byway, which stretches for 29 miles (46 kilometers) through the park. One of the state’s most scenic roads, the byway offers a number of stunning viewpoints that are particularly lovely during autumn when the leaves turn bright shades of red, orange and yellow.

Allegheny National Forest is located in northwest Pennsylvania, 129 miles (208 kilometers) from Pittsburgh and 111 miles (179 kilometers) from Buffalo. It is best reached by car. The forest is free to enter, although there may be additional fees for camping and other activities.

Top Hotels Close to Allegheny National Forest

Rest Stop 6 Inn
Rest Stop 6 Inn
2.5 out of 5
9045 Route 6, Tiona, PA
The price is $65 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Tiona, this motel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Allegheny National Forest, Chapman State Park, and Warren County Historical Society. Rimrock Overlook ...
4.2/5Excellent! (53 reviews)
"Small comfy room for the night! Had all we needed! Everything was clean and tidy! The owner was very nice and aimed to please!"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

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The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
James City, PA
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly vacation home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Elk State Park, Allegheny National Forest, and Kinzua Bridge State Park. ...
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SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
2.5 out of 5
264 CHERRY ST, Marienville, PA
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The price is $80 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Marienville, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Cook Forest State Park, Allegheny National Forest, and Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (64 reviews)
"It was a bit off the interstate but nice hotel."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
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Best Lodging Options Near Allegheny National Forest

Rest Stop 6 Inn
Rest Stop 6 Inn
2.5 out of 5
9045 Route 6, Tiona, PA
The price is $65 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Rest Stop 6 Inn
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
James City, PA
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
2.5 out of 5
264 CHERRY ST, Marienville, PA
The price is $80 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
Budget Lodge Warren
Budget Lodge Warren
2.5 out of 5
15485 Route 6, Clarendon, PA
Budget Lodge Warren
Sunrise Acres/National Forest/ Cook Forest
Sunrise Acres/National Forest/ Cook Forest
Marienville, PA
Sunrise Acres/National Forest/ Cook Forest
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
3 out of 5
210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA
The price is $67 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Monroe Heights Marienville
Monroe Heights Marienville
2.5 out of 5
252 Cherry St Rt 66, Marienville, PA
Monroe Heights Marienville
Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
204 Struthers Street, Warren, PA
The price is $90 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Quality Inn & Suites
*Triple Oaks*- 3 bedroom - 1 1/2 bath - back porch - fire pit - WiFi
*Triple Oaks*- 3 bedroom - 1 1/2 bath - back porch - fire pit - WiFi
Warren, PA
*Triple Oaks*- 3 bedroom - 1 1/2 bath - back porch - fire pit - WiFi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.