Pennsylvania Subway Map
BALD EAGLE STATE FOREST
195,624 acres. This state forest in central Pennsylvania encompasses some 2,300-foot sandstone ridges, with rock outcroppings, talus slopes, and valleys with many streams.
Within Bald Eagle’s boundaries is the 3,581-acre White Mountain Wild Area, along with several designated Natural Areas. Forests are of mixed hardwoods, plus some virgin pine and hemlock. Wildlife includes deer, bear, fox, and wild turkey.
Activities: There are a number of trails for hiking and backpacking, including a 60-mile section of the 168-mile Mid State Trail (see entry page 252). Most other trails here are minimally maintained.
Horseback riding is allowed on some trails. Many roads and trails are suitable for cross-country skiing in winter. Canoeing is possible on Penns Creek. Fishing is also available. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the forest, except in Natural Areas or where posted otherwise. Campsites must be at least 100 feet from designated trails, 200 feet from forest roads, and 500 feet from paved roads.
Small campfires are generally allowed, but they’re subject to being banned during periods of high fire danger. A free permit, obtainable in person or by mail, is required if one wishes to stay at any campsite for more than one night.
For Further Information: Bald Eagle State Forest, P.O. Box 147, Laurelton, PA 17835; (717)922-3344.