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Allegheny National Forest

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Boondock anywhere!

Boondocking was a breeze in this NF, plenty of pull off spots and they allow for parking in large... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2018
St. Augustine, Florida
Loleta recreation area and campground

Important update: although the creek is pure joy (cool, clear, and fun to play in), the small... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2018
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Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, this forest has over 500,000-acres, is easily accessable and offers plenty of recreational activities.
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Smokey Ln, Off State Route 66, PA
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

We have traveled all around the PA part of the forest and have seen some beautiful areas, We have also seen some very run down lack of maintained areas as well. Three years ago we camped at a dispersed site off fire road 119. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank brandsto
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy what is the most beautiful national forest I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we camped in Deer Grove and were kept up all night by drunken screaming, fighting, fireworks, and very inappropriate sounds for my children to hear....More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank Anessa H
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Went to see kinzua rail road bridge after that about 4 miles down the road hit a deer causingv5000 dollars in damage. Had to go back home after one day. Great vacation lol

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank roadsgt97
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Boondocking was a breeze in this NF, plenty of pull off spots and they allow for parking in large parking lots as well. We double checked with the ranger stations and got the same answer from all rangers "park anywhere you want that is safe...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank hopalongrving
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've stayed at this campground several times. During the week, it's a peaceful place to enjoy nature... however... on the weekends it's taken over by drunken party goers. The weekend was filled with blaring rap music, drunks fighting and vomiting on the trail and fireworks...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Barbara G
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Important update: although the creek is pure joy (cool, clear, and fun to play in), the small reservoir was not dredged last summer. Although it is supposed to be dredged this summer (after June 15), that has not occurred. Therefore, it's very muddy and no...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gonzner
Reviewed June 14, 2018

If you have never been to a US National Forest before, you might want to visit the website first just so you know what to expect, (the author below apparently did not) The forest is just that.. a big FOREST with several campsites, trails for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank pamom2017
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful drive through the mountains. The Kinzua Bridge State Park is an awesome sight to behold. Wheelchair accessible for the visitors center and to go out the bridge. The trails would be awesome for anyone who can walk

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cindy W
Reviewed September 17, 2017

My family stayed in Oil City and drove about a half hour into Forest. The road was good and had views of the river. Some construction was going on but nothing bad. We only made one viewing stop (the sign is right up on the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Tisha B
Reviewed July 27, 2017

This was our first visit to Allegheny National Forest. Terrible experience I must say. The website doesn't have the exact address for the site. No signs along the way and off course no GPS signals. We drove about 7 hours to find this place where...More

Date of experience: July 2017
7  Thank Tima S
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August 14, 2018|
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Response from pamom2017 | Reviewed this property |
The forest itself is free. The visitor centers are free. You can generally park at various pull offs, a couple of picnic areas and trail heads. BUT look for signs -- if people vandalize or if there is active... More
August 14, 2016|
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Response from Charlene C | Reviewed this property |
I would call the site management teams on the ANF website for the information on the distance to some of the walk in site. It's been some years since I've camped there but travel in the area somewhat frequently. As for the... More
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Olyphant, Pennsylvania
Motorcycling Allegheny National Forest and the Finger Lakes (5 Replies)
Hi All. I'm planning a motorcycle trip the end of June w two friends. So far I mapped out a good route from the Scranton Wilkes Barre area to the Allegheny National Forest. Looking possibly at the Foote Rest campground to stay for one night. The second day we will go up around the Finger Lakes Region. At this point still looking for the next destination, route, and where to stay. Third day will be spent riding home, probably through the Catskills back to the Scranton Wilkes Barre area. ...More
March 10, 2013|
Response fromBDX2|
No problem and Thanks Mike. I have us taking 118 West. Been on that road many times. Just a straight road that goes for miles through the woods. Then onto 220 south to 120 w. We'd be on 120 for a long way until hitting 948 north. 948 would be crossing onto 666, So looks like it is part of our route. Booking and staying in Allegheny was limiting my plans, so as of now anyway we have only tentetive/loose plans on our route and where we will stay. Everyone seems to have different...More
Canton, Michigan
Allegheny National Forest (0 Replies)
I'm planning a weekend camping trip and Allegheny looks like an option as far as distance goes. It looks like there are several more just east of Allegheny. Are any of those better as far as hiking, biking, views, accomodations, restaurants, etc. Any recommendations on campgrounds for tent camping?
July 11, 2011|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 hour road trip? (6 Replies)
looking for somewhere to go within 5 hour drive from Pittsburgh. I go to Allegheny National Forest a lot so that's out. Been to Valley forge. I'm not going to Philly. No big city.. We usually go places to see wildlife, historic places, parks and so on. Just got back from the Badlands SD. gettting ready to pack up for a 3 or 4 day trip to somewhere. Winter time most likely the week after Christmas when the kids are out of school. anyone been anywhere cool?
July 30, 2011|
Response from33mason|
never heard of it, i"ll check it out. thanks