BUCHANAN STATE FOREST
75,000 acres. This state forest consists of several tracts in south-central Pennsylvania, including lands next to the Maryland border. There are low mountain ridges here, along with hills, valleys, and some streams.
Of special interest is the 11,500-acre Martin Hill Wild Area, which has some rugged terrain. Common trees are oak and hickory, with virgin pine and hemlock. White-tailed deer, black bear, bobcat, and wild turkey are among the wildlife.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on a number of trails, including a section of the Tuscarora Trail (see entry page 252), which follows the ridge of Tuscarora Mountain.
Horseback riding is possible on a few trails and many roads. Some trails are suitable for crosscountry skiing during winter. Fishing is another option. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed in most parts of the forest, except where posted otherwise. Campsites must be at least 100 feet from trails and 200 feet from roads. A permit must be obtained if one wishes to camp for more than one night at any location.
For Further Information: Buchanan State Forest, RD 2, Box 3, McConnellsburg, PA 17233; (717)485-3148.