Description - The beautiful Bradford Ranger District encompasses northern 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.
Big game hunting is popular in the area, as well as the camping opportunities, the multi-use trails which are used year-round and the many opportunities to enjoy the mixed forests with their abundant wildlife population of bobcat, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, song birds and much more.
- The Bradford Ranger District includes 8 recreation areas, a scenic drive, the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River, and a number of stocked streams. The area encompasses Allegheny Reservoir with 5 major hiking trails, highly developed, moderately developed and primitive campgrounds in addition to some of the finest warm water fishing in northwestern Pennsylvania. Some streams in the area are stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout while others have natural populations of brook trout. The Hickory Creek Wilderness also lies on this District. The heavily forested, gentle to moderate terrain is drained by East Hickory Creek and Middle Hickory Creek. Seven islands in the Allegheny River, totalling 368 acres, make up the Allegheny River Islands Wilderness. All visitors to these and other wilderness areas are encouraged to practice "Leave No Trace" ethics.
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 area encompasses the Allegheny Reservoir with 5 major hiking trails, highly developed, moderately developed and primitive campgrounds in addition to some of the finest warm water fishing in northwestern Pennsylvania. Streams located throughout the Forest, offer excellent cold-water fishing experiences. Some streams are stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout while others have natural populations of brook trout.
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Bradford 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.
Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest is located in northern Pennsylvania's Warren and McKean Counties. The area is easily reached via US 6, US 62 and US 219. State Routes 321, 59 and 666 also travel in the national forest.