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

Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
3 out of 5
210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA, 16365
The price is $64 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6
$64
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Warren. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (729 reviews)
Bed and pillows awesome
"Beds and pillows were great. Super comfortable. Pool and bar were closed and hotel was outdated but great for a nights stay!"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2022

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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 Dec 9 to Dec 10
$65
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (83 reviews)
"Nice spot, convenient."

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Rest Stop 6 Inn
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
2.5 out of 5
264 CHERRY ST, Marienville, PA, 16239
The price is $80 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$80
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Marienville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Discover ...
4/5 Very Good! (117 reviews)
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SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
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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
Quality Inn & Suites
Rest Stop 6 Inn
Rest Stop 6 Inn
2.5 out of 5
9045 Route 6, Tiona, PA, 16352
Rest Stop 6 Inn
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
2.5 out of 5
264 CHERRY ST, Marienville, PA, 16239
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Marienville
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
3 out of 5
210 Ludlow Street, Warren, PA, 16365
Days Inn by Wyndham Warren
Budget Lodge Warren
Budget Lodge Warren
2.5 out of 5
15485 Route 6, Clarendon, PA, 16313
Budget Lodge Warren
Monroe Heights Marienville
Monroe Heights Marienville
2.5 out of 5
252 Cherry St Rt 66, Marienville, PA, 16239
Monroe Heights Marienville
CozyCabin:A true tiny house mins from Cook’s Forest & Allegheny National Forest!
CozyCabin:A true tiny house mins from Cook’s Forest & Allegheny National Forest!
Marienville, PA
CozyCabin:A true tiny house mins from Cook’s Forest & Allegheny National Forest!
Romantic getaway or family fun, packed w/amenities -  mins from dozens of trails
Romantic getaway or family fun, packed w/amenities - mins from dozens of trails
Marienville, PA
Romantic getaway or family fun, packed w/amenities - mins from dozens of trails
Perfect for families or small groups, and packed w/amenities -  Dozens of trails
Perfect for families or small groups, and packed w/amenities - Dozens of trails
Marienville, PA
Perfect for families or small groups, and packed w/amenities - Dozens of trails
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.