SPROUL STATE FOREST
280, 000 acres. Located on jthe Allegheny Plateau in the north-central part of ithe state, this is the largest of Pennsylvania's state forests. There are steep and rugged slopes here with elevations up to 2,300 feet, and some areas are remote.
Included are oak forests, many streams, the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, and two designated Wild Areas: the 5,000-acre Fish Dam jWild Area and the 2,200-acre Burns Run Wild! Area. Among the wildlife are deer, black bear, fox, and wild turkey.
Activities: Trails for hiking and backpacking in this state forest include the 53-mile Donut Hole Trail (see entry page 253) and the 50-mile Chuck Keiper Trail, which forms two loops.
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Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous.
Horseback riding is available on a 15-mile loop trail, as well as on old roads. A 14-mile trail is designated for cross-country skiing in winter. Canoeing is possible in springtime on the West iBranch of the Susquehanna River. Fishing is another option here. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in most parts of the forest, except where posted otherwise. Campsites should be a minimum of 100 feet from trails and 200 feet from roads.
A permit is necessary for camping more than one night at a site, but is otherwise not required. Campfires are legal but discouraged, and sometimes banned during periods of fire hazard.
I For Further Information: Sproul State Forest, HCR 62, Box 90, Renovo, PA 17764; (717)923-11450.