Allegheny National Forest

Northwest Pennsylvania which includes forests and general coastal views
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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, 16352
The price is $65 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Tiona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (81 reviews)
"Nice spot, convenient."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, COUNTRY SETTING
NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, COUNTRY SETTING
Kane, PA
Stay at this golf vacation home in Kane. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Discover genuine guest reviews for NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, COUNTRY SETTING ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
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Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

The Crosscut! A cute cabin in the Allegheny National Forest!
The Crosscut! A cute cabin in the Allegheny National Forest!
Clarendon, PA
Stay at this cabin in Clarendon. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attraction Chapman State Park is located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Wonderful experience
"Ashley My two sons and I traveled there on our motorcycles, the area was great for riding, and the area is very quiet and peaceful. Your cabin was outstanding, your attention to the details was great, I found the notebook with all local information was great, the listings of activities, local restaurants ..."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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Best Lodging Options Near Allegheny National Forest

Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
204 Struthers Street, Warren, PA, 16365
Rest Stop 6 Inn
Rest Stop 6 Inn
2.5 out of 5
9045 Route 6, Tiona, PA, 16352
NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, COUNTRY SETTING
NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, COUNTRY SETTING
Kane, PA
The Crosscut! A cute cabin in the Allegheny National Forest!
The Crosscut! A cute cabin in the Allegheny National Forest!
Clarendon, PA
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
The Heart of Allegheny National Forest
James City, PA
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
2.5 out of 5
264 CHERRY ST, Marienville, PA, 16239
Budget Lodge Warren
Budget Lodge Warren
2.5 out of 5
15485 Route 6, Clarendon, PA, 16313
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
3 out of 5
210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA, 16365
Monroe Heights Marienville
Monroe Heights Marienville
2.5 out of 5
252 Cherry St Rt 66, Marienville, PA, 16239
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.