Allegheny National Forest
Warren Forest Mckean Elk
DESCRIPTION: The 500,000+ acre Allegheny National Forest, located on the Allegheny Plateau, has such diverse habitats as old growth hemlock and pine forests to clear-cut regeneration plots and the Allegheny Reservoir. All of the "northern" breeders in Pennsylvania can be found here and there are many areas to explore. If you get a map of the forest, you will see many USFS roads identified with three-digit numbers in red. Usually these are permanent dirt roads leading to and through areas of the forest which have been clearcut. Many are gated dead-end roads particularly suited for birding and hiking. In this type of area one can find Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Mourning, Hooded, and Chestnut-sided warblers, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Song Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, and Indigo Bunting. Eastern Bluebird have been found nesting in snags left standing in the clearcut area. On these logging roads you will also pass through more mature timber stands in which Black-and-white, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Cerulean, and Blackburnian warblers and Northern Parula nest. Also common are Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Veery, Solitary and Red-eyed vireos, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

DIRECTIONS: In addition to exploring logging roads, check the listed sib sites.


Maps - other than Google (Click on map for larger view)


Tionesta Scenic Area
Allegheny Reservoir
Tionesta Natural and Scenic Areas
Heart's Content
Beaver Meadows and Lake
Farnsworth Creek Road
Chapman State Park
Kinzua Creek near Westline


Posted: 2009-10-24 00:00:00