Description - The Marienville Ranger District covers the southern portion of Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. The forest is within easy driving distance of several metropolitan areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada. Natural beauty dominates the Forest all seasons of the year. Early to mid-October trips leave the visitor mesmerized by the vivid reds, yellows and oranges. Pennsylvania even offers a Fall Foliage Hotline: 1-800-FALL-IN-PA.
Large boulder outcroppings, rolling landscape, dense forests and fast flowing streams are enjoyed year-round by hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, campers and hunters.
- The Marienville Ranger District is host to two recreation areas and three major trails. The Allegheny River, East Branch Clarion River, Elk Creek and other smaller streams and creeks make this a recreational haven for anglers and boaters. Portions of the Clarion River are designated "Wild and Scenic". Much of the water is stocked by PA Fish and Boat Commission with brown, brook or rainbow trout.
Winters open over 350 miles of snowmobile and cross-country roadways. Spring comes late to the area offering glimpses of rare wildflowers and young large game. Don't be surprised to see hardwoods still fairly dormant in May. Also the release of three trout species draw anglers from miles around. Summer is the Forest's busiest time offering cool higher elevations; an escape from lower humid lands. Scattered boulders and outcrops, rushing waters, elk herds, quiet backwoods and more offer an outdoor paradise in the East.
Recreation - The Allegheny River, East Branch Clarion River, Elk Creek and other smaller streams and creeks make this a recreational haven for anglers and boaters. Much of the water is stocked by PA Fish and Boat Commission with brown, brook or rainbow trout. Camping facilities, scenic overlooks, multi-use trails and hunting grounds may be found throughout this half-million acre national forest.
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Marienville Ranger District area generally has very cold winter months with temperatures averaging 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures average 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). There can be great fluctuations in temperatures especially during spring and fall. In addition, precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter. It is not uncommon for temperatures to dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Marienville Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest is located in northern Pennsylvania's Forest and Elk Counties and a small portion of land falling within McKean County. The area is easily reached via US 6, US 62 and US 219. State Routes 948, 321, 66 and 666 also travel in the national forest.