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Appalachian Trail- The Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail segment touches nine public lands offering an opportunity for refreshment at campgrounds, restroom facilities, beaches and concessions. Many of the state parks and state forests along the route offer scenic overlooks, picnic grounds, fishing opportunities and fresh drinking water.
Locust Lake State Park- Situated at the head of a steep, wooded valley, this popular camping spot is heavily forested and the only cleared area is the 52 acre lake. A bike trail and a number of hiking trails wind through the park and vary to steep and challenging trails for hearty hikers.

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Description - The Weiser State Forest was named in honor of Conrad Weiser, a great leader of the colonial period. It consists of eight tracts of State Forest Land located in northern Dauphin, Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks Counties. The total area of State Forest Land is 17,961 acres. Within the Weiser State Forest are some very rugged and secluded wooded areas. These areas can be reached by the 65 miles of roads which have been constructed for wildfire suppression and administrative use. The Weiser State Forest is located in areas where pure mountain water originates. Several of these streams provide the sole source of drinking water for the Communities of Port Clinton, Lykens and Williamstown.

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which is a privately maintained wildlife refuge lies within the State Forest. The Sanctuary was established in 1934 to create a sympathetic understanding for all wildlife and to further interest in conservation. Ruffed grouse, wild turkey, great-horned owl and pileated woodpecker are found in the remote areas of this wildlife refuge. Feeding stations maintained at Headquarters attract many species of birds for close observation. There are lively hummingbirds in summer and colorful finches in winter. A total of 241 species of birds has been recorded in the Sanctuary since 1934.

The 2,000+ mile Appalachian Trail travels the entire length of the District

Attractions - The Weiser State Forest was named in honor of Conrad Weiser, a great leader of the colonial period. It consists of eight tracts of State Forest Land located in northern Dauphin, Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks Counties. The total area of State Forest Land is 17,961 acres.

Within the Weiser State Forest are some very rugged and secluded wooded areas. These areas can be reached by the 65 miles of roads which have been constructed for wildfire suppression and administrative use.

The Weiser State Forest is located in areas where pure mountain water originates. Several of these streams provide the sole source of drinking water for the Communities of Port Clinton, Lykens and Williamstown.

The original forest was cut to supply the anthracite coal region with mine props and other material. With efficient protection from forest fires and the planting of over 1,500,000 tree seedlings, the Weiser State Forest is again stocked with stands of saw timber and pulpwood-size trees.

Recreation - All State Forest Lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing and general recreation. There are two small State Forest Picnic Areas located on the Haldeman State Forest Tract in Dauphin County. These picnic areas offer a secluded place to "get away from it all."

The major hiking trail located in the Weiser District is the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail which travels the entire length of the District. This trail is the longest continuous marked trail in the world. One end is at Mt. Katahdin, a 5,267 ft. granite monolith in the wilds of northern Maine. The other is at Springer Mountain, Georgia, the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

As a part of the statewide wildfire protection system, ten forest fire observation towers are strategically located throughout the district and command excellent views of the surrounding country. These fire towers communicate with the District Office Headquarters by two-way radio and telephones.

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which is a privately maintained wildlife refuge lies within the State Forest. The Sanctuary was established in 1934 to create a sympathetic understanding for all wildlife and to further interest in conservation. It was the first sanctuary in the world to offer protection to the birds of prey. The spring migration is often interesting. A few hawks and waves of warblers pass through the area, reaching a climax in early May. Each month has some special natural attraction. The resident birds are those of eastern forested mountains. Ruffed grouse, wild turkey, great-horned owl and pileated woodpecker are found in the remote areas of this wildlife refuge. Feeding stations maintained at Headquarters attract many species of birds for close observation. There are lively hummingbirds in summer and colorful finches in winter. A total of 241 species of bird life has been recorded in the Sanctuary since 1934.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Weiser State Forest area generally has cold winter months with temperatures averaging from 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range from 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - Weiser State Forest consists of eight tracts land located in northern Dauphin, Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks Counties in eastern Pennsylvania.


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Contact Information:
Weiser State Forest, District Forester, P.O. Box 99 , Cressona, PA, 17929, Phone: 570-385-7800, Fax: 570-385-7804

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Appalachian Trail - The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with 222 miles lying in Pennsylvania. In 1921, U.S. Forest Service planner, Benton MacKaye wrote a magazine article suggesting a trail be established to connect Mount Washington in New Hampshire to Mount Mitchell in North Carolina. As a result, in 1925 the Appalachian Trail Conference chose the exact path, flagged the path, built various sections, including shelters, bridges and steps. They even wrote guidebooks to aid the hiker and backpacker. In 1968, Congress passed the National Trails System Act, making the A.T. and the Pacific Crest Trail (a Canada to Mexico path) the first National Scenic Trails. Today there are ten clubs in Virginia that help maintain the trail which now extends from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia.
Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Locust Lake State Park - Situated at the head of a steep, wooded valley, this popular camping spot is heavily forested and the only cleared area is the 52 acre lake. A bike trail and a number of hiking trails wind through the park and vary to steep and challenging trails for hearty hikers.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area - The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

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