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North Country Trail
in Pennsylvania

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The Allegheny National Forest covers 512,998 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The North Country National Scenic Trail travels 97 miles within Allegheny National Forest and is marked with blue diamonds and blue painted blazes.  This is a great backpacking section of the NCT.

The NCT utilizes many old logging railroad grades in Allegheny National Forest.  These old grades create pleasant walking along gentle slopes.  There are numerous good parking areas where the trail crosses major roads.  Many of the parking areas have kiosks and trail registers.

You'll find spectacular views of Allegheny Reservoir, other nice views of the countryside, travel through old growth forests, new growth forest, past old gas & oil wells, past new gas & oil wells, follow scenic streams and find remnants of the past as you explore Allegheny National Forest along the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Amsler Springs, Kellettville Campground, Minister Creek, Henry Mills, Tionesta Scenic Area, Fox's Dam, Two Mile Run, Red Bridge, Coon Run, Hemlock Run, Sugar Run, Sugar Bay, Nelse Run, Handsome Lake, Tracy Ridge and Willow Bay are just some of the great locations you travel by along the North Country National Scenic Trail in Allegheny National Forest.

North Country Trail GPS Tracks

Get the complete GPS Tracks for the NCT in Allegheny National Forest for ONLY $1.97!  The GPS Tracks come as a .gpx file.  Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail!  Happy Hiking!

Sugar Bay (picture courtesy of Kirk Doyle)

Camping is permitted almost anywhere in the Allegheny National Forest. Camping restrictions are as follows: Camps may not be set up on the shores and within 1500 feet inland of the timberline around the Allegheny Reservoir, or the shore of Tionesta Lake, except in a developed campground area designated for such use. No camping is permitted within Jakes Rocks and Rimrock Overlooks, and in Old State Road Recreation Area (which has been closed); within 1500 feet either side of the center line of the Allegheny Reservoir Scenic Drive (includes Longhouse National Scenic Byway and portions of PA 59, PA 346 and PA 321) and the main access roads into Jakes Rocks and Rimrock Overlooks.

Camping is also prohibited in Hearts Content Scenic Area and Tionesta Research Natural Area, along Loleta Grade between Loleta Recreation Area and Forest Road 592 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and in the Duhring area near Spring Creek. Camping is not permitted within 1500 feet of either side of the main channel of Kinzua Creek from Red Bridge upstream to Mead Run.

Dispersed camps must be at least 200 feet from any stream, and you cannot camp in excess of 14 days at any site or relocate within 1500 feet of the site just occupied.

Handsome Lake campsite (picture courtesy of Kirk Doyle)

There are numerous campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest, ranging from developed to primitive.  The North Country Trail travels close by several of the campgrounds including Willow Bay, Red Bridge, Tracy Ridge, and Handsome Lake.

Above you'll find links for more information and maps of the trail within the forest.  Here are a few books we suggest in preparing your adventure in Allegheny National Forest:

 Hiking the Allegheny National Forest

 A Guide to the Allegheny National Forest

 Allegheny National Forest: Hiking Guide


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