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Michaux State Forest

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10099 Lincoln Way East,
Fayetteville, PA 17222
(717) 352-2211

Almost 90,000 acres are located in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties. Three State Parks - Caledonia, Pine Grove Furnace and Mont Alto - are located within Michaux State Forest boundaries. Michaux provides ample opportunities for both small game and deer hunting. There are many miles of trout waters and numerous lakes and reservoirs to support warm water fishing. Primitive camping, boating, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, mountain biking, ice fishing, hunting, ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are but a few of many recreational pursuits that are available. In addition, 130 miles of state forest roads are maintained for pleasure driving and sightseeing. 

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Hiking: There are several locations in Michaux to access 36 miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are 60 miles of hiking trails to explore in Michaux.

Other Trail Uses: horseback riding trails (31 mi.), shared-use mountain biking (3 mi.), snowmobile trails (82 mi.), cross-country skiing (4 mi.), and ATV trails (36 mi. in the summer, 41 mi. in the winter). Part of the ATV trail system is shared with snowmobiles when there is sufficient snowfall. The ATV trail is located between Big Flat and Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Access to the ATV trails are from trailhead parking lots located at Big Flat along Shippensburg Road about 1-1/4 miles north of its intersection with State Route 233 and on Piney Mountain along Bendersville Road south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Restroom facilities and a pavilion are provided at both the Big Flat and Piney Mountain parking areas.

Camping: Primitive backpacking is permitted. There are several designated primitive campsites without facilities that can be reserved. Camping permits are required, unless you are backpacking for only one night per site. 

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