Category: Parks & Forests
Address: 3150 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915
Susquehannock State Forest derives its name from the Susquehannock tribe that once inhabited the region. It comprises 265,000 acres in Potter, Clinton and McKean counties. The forest grows some of the most productive stands of black cherry trees in the world and is one of eight state forests located in the PA Wilds region.
Hiking and Camping
Hiking is available on many trails in the Susquehannock State Forest, though the main trail is the Susquehannock Trail System, an 85-mile loop through the forested hills and valleys of the region. It was created by joining together a number of old and new foot trails, logging roads and abandoned railroad grades. The trail originates at the district office along Route 6 in Potter County and extends south into Clinton County. The route is well-marked with rectangular orange blazes and is mostly comfortable walking with a few steep grades.
Fishing and Boating
Trout fishing is popular in several streams in the forest. KettIe Creek has a fly fishing only area, while one of its tributaries, Cross Fork Creek, has a wild trout fishery. Hammersley Fork provides trout fishing in a secluded area.
Hunting for deer, bear, turkey, grouse, squirrels, rabbits and ducks is a popular use of the forest during designated sea- sons. Other than a few safety zones around buildings, hunting is permitted throughout the state forest. Four thousand acres are open to hunting by disabled hunters on ATVs with special permits.
Within Susquehannock State Forest are 180 miles of roads for enjoying the forested scenery. Deer, turkey, hawks, grouse, raccoons and porcupines are frequently observed while traveling the forest roads, and bear and bobcat sightings are becoming more frequent as their numbers increase. Sixteen vistas provide magnificent views of the forest, particularly during fall foliage time.
Susquehannock State Forest offers 29.5 miles of cross- country ski trails. Many foot trails, gated timber sale roads and old railroad grades also are used by cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Over 200 miles of snowmobile trails are located on Susquehannock State Forest, all of which are found on the North Central Snowmobile Trails Map, available at the district office.
All-terrain vehicle riding
During the summer months, a 43-mile-ATV trail is available within Susquehannock State Forest. The trail passes through Lyman Run State Park, where parking and sanitary facilities are located. A loading dock, as well as sanitary facilities and picnic tables, can be found adjacent to the forest district office.
Mountain biking is permitted on state forest roads, timber sale roads and a trail that originates at the district office.
Horses are allowed on all the state forest roads, timber sale roads and roads along pipelines. There are no trails designated for horseback riding.
Other special opportunities
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is located along U.S. Route 6, approximately 10 miles west of Galeton. The museum, boasting a full-size logging camp and sawmill, provides an excellent display of logging practices from 1870 to 1930.