Tuscarora State Forest

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4455 Big Spring Road,
Blain, PA 17006
(717) 536-3191

The Tuscarora State Forest comprises 95,780 acres which are located in Cumberland Valley and other surrounding counties. Colonel Denning State Park, Little Buffalo State Park, Big Spring State Park and Fowlers Hollow State Park are all in the Tuscarora. The combination of majestic oak and hemlock forests, recreation and abundant wildlife makes it a perfect location for exploring. You'll find 157 miles of state forest roads that are maintained for pleasure driving, 178 miles of hiking trails, 100 miles of snow-mobile trails and 11 miles of cross-country skiing trails.

Hiking: The Tuscarora Trail is the northern portion of an extensive 220-mile bypass route of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Approximately 23 miles of this hiking trail cross the Tuscarora State Forest. An additional 167 miles of short, local hiking trails are located throughout the Tuscarora. The majority of these trails have signs at the starting and terminal points. Backpack camping is permitted along the state forest portion, and a rustic, open-faced shelter is located along the trail in Fowlers Hollow.

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Horseback Riding: Nearly all the trails in Tuscarora are available for horseback riding. 

Fishing and Boating: Native and stocked trout are abundant in many of the streams and lakes. Boat access to Juniata River is in Huntingdon County.

Hunting: Deer and turkey hunting is especially popular in Tuscarora. 

Birding: Birding hotspots in Tuscarora State Forest closer to Cumberland Valley include Elk Hill Road, Meadow Road and along Laurel Run. Hemlocks Natural Area and Frank E. Masland Natural Area are also worth a visit.

Winter Activities

  • Cross-country Skiing: Fowlers Hollow has 11 miles of trails perfect for gliding. 
  • Snowmobiling: Tuscarora's trail system that is over 100 miles provides an excellent snowmobiling area.
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  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • Months Open: Open year-round
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