Rothrock State Forest

Rothrock State Forest Rothrock comprises 96,956 acres in Huntingdon, Centre, and Mifflin counties in Central Pennsylvania.
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Operating as usual

Pennsylvania Game Commission
09/02/2020

Pennsylvania Game Commission

🔴 The Pennsylvania Elk Cam is now streaming LIVE from state game lands in Elk County ➡️ https://bit.ly/32OgGB4.

The best time to view elk is at dusk and dawn. You may also see white-tailed deer, turkeys and other wildlife. Enjoy the camera this season and please be aware that nature can, at times, be difficult to watch.

Please be advised that you could hear gunfire from nearby target shooting and lawful hunting. Contact the Game Commission's Northcentral Region at 570-398-4744 if you suspect any wrongdoing in conjunction with the livestream.

This project is the product of coordinated efforts by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTAP and the North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.

The stream will run through the end of the bugling season, which will likely be in mid-October. Learn more about elk in PA here: https://bit.ly/2UXHZWk.

Only one day left to provide input...
08/31/2020

Only one day left to provide input...

There's only a few days left left to help shape future management and sustainability of Pennsylvania's forests! 🌲🌲

Become part of PA’s rich forest planning heritage by sharing your thoughts in this online survey ➡ https://bit.ly/3dNdZmz. #ForestFriday

08/26/2020
Paul

Paul

I found a camera near the Bear Meadows Natural Area parking lot this morning. It appears to have been rained on last night. Let me know what type it was, what you have pictures of and I can get it to you!

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
08/21/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

“When you have a piece of land, you have to be a good steward of it. Streamside buffers improve the health of the soil while cleaning and protecting the waterways.” – Chip Brown, owner of Pointer Haven Lodge in Centre County and 109 acres along Elk Creek.

Learn more about streamside buffers ➡️ https://bit.ly/BufferMyStream #BufferMyStream

08/21/2020

BEAR MEADOWS ROAD OPEN.

The bridge contractor completed guiderail installation on the bridges at Galbraith Gap. This project is now complete. The roadway is now open.

Thank you all for your patience and cooperation during the course of this improvement project.

Diamond Valley Road resurfacing project will begin August 24, 2020.  During this project the contractor, New Enterprise ...
08/13/2020

Diamond Valley Road resurfacing project will begin August 24, 2020. During this project the contractor, New Enterprise Stone and Lime, will be installing some new culvert pipes and underdrain in the road. Then they will grind up the old blacktop and add stone to build up the road surface to form a solid base. The contractor will then top the road with blacktop again. The contractor feels this project should be completed by sometime in November 2020. This project will cause delays on Diamond Valley road and there will be times when sections will be closed while activities are taking place. Please be patient during this temporary inconvenience.

Rothrock State Forest's cover photo
08/13/2020

Rothrock State Forest's cover photo

07/31/2020
UPDATE:Paving was completed on Wednesday, July 22nd. The Galbraith Gap Trailhead is OPEN. Bear Meadows Road is OPEN, bet...
07/21/2020

UPDATE:

Paving was completed on Wednesday, July 22nd. The Galbraith Gap Trailhead is OPEN.

Bear Meadows Road is OPEN, between Laurel Run Road and Stone Creek Road. (Paving was also conducted yesterday at the bridge at the bog).

Note: Even though the driving surface is down, the roadway remains closed between Laurel Run Road and Galbraith Gap Trailhead, until the guiderail is installed and final inspections are made. The contractor is on pace to meet the September 30 deadline.

Bear Meadows Road/Galbraith Gap Trailhead ALERT:

The bridge contractor will be placing blacktop Wednesday and Thursday. Bear Meadows Road and the Galbraith Gap Trailhead will be closed the duration.

We are getting closer, folks. Next is guiderail installation.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

The rhododendron is in bloom!
07/13/2020

The rhododendron is in bloom!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY – 7/8 – A couple of weeks ago we featured the state flower, Mountain Laurel. Now, its “cousin” is in bloom, our native rhododendron. Whereas the laurel is more of a highland shrub, rhododendron is found in bottomland, though they can grow together side by side. Rhododendron is a common shrub in the eastern mountains of the U.S., and it dominates the understory in areas where it grows. Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron are related, with both being members of the heath family.

Rosebay Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum L.), also known as Great Laurel, White Laurel, Wild Rhododendron, American Rhododendron, or simply Rosebay, it is a common shrub found in Pa’s woods. It generally grows 4 to 15 feet tall, but in the right conditions it can reach 30 feet in height. Many a trail in the woods passes through tunnels of this tall shrub. It is one of our evergreen plants, with blue-green leaves that have a leathery texture and feel. It’s bell-shaped flowers can range from all white to tinges of pink-purple to a dark pink.

Rhododendron grows large enough that its wood has uses. Tool handles are a common item made of the wood, which is fine-grained, hard, heavy, and strong, though it can be brittle. The leaves are poisonous if ingested, but has been used as a poultice for relieving arthritic joints.

Photo credit: DCNR Ranger John Gladfelter.

07/10/2020

Did you lose something at Alan Seeger picnic area, by the bridge over Stone Creek today???? We have the item. Please contact the District Office, M-F between 8 and 4, to claim.

06/29/2020
Information on 2020/21 Hunting License sales:
06/25/2020

Information on 2020/21 Hunting License sales:

Pennsylvania’s new 2020-21 Hunting Licenses are available for purchase Monday, June 22! We’ve had several people ask about the 2020 Antlerless Deer License Application Schedule, so here it is: 🔸July 13 – Residents; 🔸July 20 – Nonresidents; 🔸Aug. 3 – Unsold, 1st Round; 🔸Aug. 17 – Unsold, 2nd Round.

Just a reminder, to apply for an anterless deer license, you will have to purchase a new valid hunting license beforehand. All antlerless deer license applications must be mailed in the official pink envelopes; applications are accepted by mail only until over-the-counter sales begin (Aug. 24 in WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D; and Oct. 5 for all other WMUs).

More details are available on www.pgc.pa.gov, as well as in the new 2020-21 Hunter-Trapper Digest, which will be available when new licenses go on sale. Thank you for being a Pennsylvania hunter!

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
06/25/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

We’re so excited to see the ♥ out there for pollinators 🦋🐝, so we’d like to share some helpful tips from PennState Extension for planting a pollinator garden.

Learn more ➡ http://bit.ly/2L54jcx #NationalPollinatorWeek #iConservePA

06/25/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Poison hemlock is a widespread invasive plant that is often seen along roadways, fields, and any disturbed area. All parts of this plant are extremely toxic to humans and livestock, and can spread rapidly ➡ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

Here are some ways to identify and control this dangerous invasive ⤵ #iConservePA

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
06/24/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

It’s been estimated that eastern monarch populations have declined by 80-90 percent; but there are ways you can help them. 🦋

Find plants for northern/southwest PA ➡️ https://bit.ly/3ety3eR
Find plants for southern/southeast PA ➡️ https://bit.ly/2NqYIgJ
Report monarch sightings ➡️ https://bit.ly/3fU5VSq

#NationalPollinatorWeek #iConservePA

Pennsylvania Game Commission
06/24/2020

Pennsylvania Game Commission

We have been receiving a lot of questions about the DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program) permit availability for the 2020-21 deer hunting seasons.

Hunters can now purchase DMAP permits, along with their 2020-21 hunting license, at many vendor locations across the state or online at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.

A list of DMAP units and associated permits for the 2020-21 deer hunting seasons are now available on the Game Commission’s DMAP page ➡️ https://bit.ly/3evxdi4.

Because of changes to the 2020-21 hunting seasons, some DMAP units, specifically created for CWD management, may have been eliminated. Read more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3evxdi4.

06/22/2020

ALERT!!!!!!!!

Galbraith Gap Trailhead will be CLOSED to ALL use tomorrow, Tuesday June 23rd.

The bridge contractor will be receiving and installing the bridge deck.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

06/15/2020

6/16/2020 Galbraith Gap Trailhead Closure:

*The Galbraith Gap Trailhead shall be closed on Tuesday, June 16th to allow the bridge contractor to set the structural steel I-beams on the bridge carrying Bear Meadows Road over Galbraith Run. The area is closed to the public, for all uses, for the duration of the day tomorrow.

*A similar closure is anticipated for June 24th. Stay tuned to this page for future announcements.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

06/02/2020

NOTICE:

Bear Meadows Road bridge work to affect Galbraith Gap parking lot, Wednesday June 3rd.

CLOSED - GALBRAITH GAP TRAILHEAD

6/3/2020. - 7 AM to 5 PM

Concrete trucks will be making deliveries throughout the day on Wednesday June 3rd as part of the bridge rehab work being conducted. Allowing for this increased construction traffic and to maintain the safety of the construction workers and our visitors, the Galbraith Gap Trailhead will be closed between 7 am and 5 pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Here are two new offered outdoor experiences for you to explore on the Rothrock State Forest.  Be safe, practice your so...
05/15/2020

Here are two new offered outdoor experiences for you to explore on the Rothrock State Forest. Be safe, practice your social distancing, be kind and be understanding.

Enjoy your weekend!

Galbraith Gap Trail - CLOSUREGalbraith Gap Trail, from the footbridge at the Galbraith Gap Trailhead to Laurel Run Road ...
05/14/2020

Galbraith Gap Trail - CLOSURE

Galbraith Gap Trail, from the footbridge at the Galbraith Gap Trailhead to Laurel Run Road is closed. As bridge work progresses it is necessary to close this trail for visitor safety due to the proximity of the trail to the active construction area.

ALL USERS: DO NOT WALK, HIKE, BIKE, RUN THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE!!!! DOING SO IS UNSAFE. ROAD CLOSED SIGNS - MEAN ROAD CLOSED TO ALL. BY IGNORING THE SIGNS YOU ARE JEAPORDIZING YOUR SAFETY.

Please help us police the ranks. If visiting the Galbraith Gap Trailhead, please spread the word with others you may encounter: during the bridge construction users must exit the Trailhead on Black Gum Trail to Bear Meadows Road. Head south on Bear Meadows Road to access other locations on the Rothrock State Forest.

Thank you.

The Rothrock State Forest still remains in the Governor's "red" phase.  Offices and facilities remain closed, through Ju...
05/14/2020
Reopening Pennsylvania State Park and Forest Facilities

The Rothrock State Forest still remains in the Governor's "red" phase. Offices and facilities remain closed, through June 4th. No permits for fuelwood, stone, or camping are currently being issued. Once Huntingdon County transitions to the "yellow", under the Governor's phased reopening, these uses will once again be permitted on the Rothrock State Forest.

Restroom facilities at the Galbraith Gap Trailhead, Alan Seeger Picnic Area, and the Pine Hill Picnic Area, have been opened.

What to know about what is open and what is closed on DCNR lands.

Our recreation forester, Jon Snyder, has come up with three more alternative outdoor experiences.  These opportunities o...
05/08/2020

Our recreation forester, Jon Snyder, has come up with three more alternative outdoor experiences. These opportunities offer limited parking and are meant to disperse activity away from the more popular destination points on the Rothrock State Forest, during these times of social distancing. Again, if you happen to visit these trails over the weekend, comments and pics are appreciated. Reply in the comments below.

Have a good weekend.

Here are a few more "out of the way" outdoor experiences for our visitors.  If you go, please share your visit/photos in...
04/29/2020

Here are a few more "out of the way" outdoor experiences for our visitors. If you go, please share your visit/photos in the comments. Enjoy!

04/29/2020

Bear Meadows Road Update:

Redrock Construction anticipates completing work on the bridge at the Bear Meadows bog the middle of next week.

The contractor will then be proceeding to work on the two bridges carrying Bear Meadows Road over Galbraith Run, adjacent to the Galbraith Gap Trailhead. Bear Meadows Road will be closed between the Galbraith Gap Trailhead and Laurel Run Road through the end of September.

Preparations were made today, to utilize the Black Gum Trail for emergency response. Trail users will encounter pipe gates at the trailhead parking lot and at Bear Meadows Road, on the Black Gum Trail. Recreational users are still permitted to use the Black Gum Trail. Apologies for the inconvenience. The gates will prohibit vehicular access, but allow access in a limited capacity by Forest Rangers, State College PD, and Boalsburg VFD if any emergencies arise, as well as continued use by hikers, bikers, trail runners, etc...

Thank you for your cooperation, and patience.

04/22/2020
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Join PPFF at 3:00 PM every day this week as someone from our staff reads a children's book with an outdoor theme. Earth Day Everyday this week!

PPFF President is back for Earth Day itself with a special selection - The Lorax from Dr. Seuss of course!

A few more alternative sites to visit on the Rothrock State Forest.  We all know, the popular trailheads can tend to get...
04/20/2020

A few more alternative sites to visit on the Rothrock State Forest. We all know, the popular trailheads can tend to get quite busy, particularly now! So, try a visit to one of these spots. Be safe!

Please remember, "Leave No Trace".

BEAR MEADOWS ROAD bridge over Sinking Creek. Been getting a lot of questions and there appears to be some confusion rega...
04/19/2020

BEAR MEADOWS ROAD bridge over Sinking Creek.

Been getting a lot of questions and there appears to be some confusion regarding the closure status of Bear Meadows Road at the bog. Prior to the Covid 19 pandemic shutdown, the bridge contractor had removed the guide-rails and bridge deck. Therefore, the roadway is NOT open for any type of thoroughfare. With the continued uncertain times, a startup date is not known.

We will certainly share information regarding this construction project when we get it.

Thanks all.

To help you avoid some of the crowds, here are three more alternative opportunities to recreate outdoors.  Please recrea...
04/11/2020

To help you avoid some of the crowds, here are three more alternative opportunities to recreate outdoors. Please recreate locally, within 15 minutes of your home. Please be considerate, wear a face covering if you are in an area with other people.

04/11/2020
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=648
04/06/2020
DCNR details

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=648

Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminded Pennsylvanians that being outdoors is good health care and self care, but recommendations for social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus still apply.

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181 Rothrock Ln
Huntingdon, PA
16652

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Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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(814) 643-2340

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Rothrock State Forest

Rothrock State Forest is named for Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, a native of Mifflin County and the commonwealth’s first forestry commissioner. He is recognized as the “Father of Forestry” in Pennsylvania. Rothrock State Forest comprises 96,975 acres that spread across the rugged ridges of:Huntingdon CountyCentre CountyMifflin County.

DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry manages our state forests for their long-term health and productivity while conserving native wild plants. These forests are “working forests” and provide a whole suite of uses and values to Pennsylvania citizens, all while maintaining the forest’s wild character.Our state forests are managed for:Pure waterRecreationScenic beautyPlant and animal habitatSustainable timber and natural gasMany other uses and valuesAs you travel throughout the state forest, you’ll see examples of our forests “at work.” Some of these management practices are more noticeable than others, such as:


  • Active timber harvests

  • Deer exclosure fences

  • Natural gas drilling sites

  • Prescribed fires

  • Gypsy moth spraying
  • Others are more subtle, such as the:


  • Protection of a vernal pool

  • Buffering of a stream from timber harvesting

  • Setting aside of a special area to conserve its wild character or protect a rare plant community
  • Each of these management practices and activities play a vital role in the management and conservation of our state forest system.

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    I found a camera near the Bear Meadows Natural Area parking lot this morning. It appears to have been rained on last night. Let me know what type it was, what you have pictures of and I can get it to you!
    If anyone happens to find car keys along kettle-trail - Lomgberger Path please let me know! Thanks
    Upon a recent hike through the Pine Swamp Road area of Rothrock between Tussey Mt. and Rudy Ridge, I was very disappointed to see an area of forest marked for logging. Can you provide any information about when this operation is scheduled to begin?
    Does anyone know if the Rhododendron is starting to bloom yet near Alan Seeger?
    Last weekends I hiked a small portion of Standing Stone Trail located in roughly south west portion of Rothrock State Forest, around Rocky Ridge Natural Area. I have written a photo story on my photo blog about my adventure and wanted to share it -
    We wanted to reach out again to inform you that Rothrock State Forest has been featured in 5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Pennsylvania by Step Outside! Whether you’re searching for invigorating hikes with breathtaking views or the most idyllic places to kayak in your area, Step Outside is the leader in outdoor exploration. Between spotlighting the best local shops and retailers to covering all of the outdoor recreation you can dream about, Step Outside will get you pointed in the right direction. Celebrate being outdoors and share this post with your followers! Tag us with @StepOutsideUSA.
    A different view of Rothrock State Forest, from Kettle Road viewpoint
    Such an amazing experience today driving home from work... I totally watched a bobcat near Camp Blue Diamond as it crossed the road and went down into the woods.
    Ruffed Grouse in full strut today near Alan Seeger
    Morning Rothrock
    Just over the bank at the intersection of Brady and Colerain Roads is a lot of trash, most of which is mail. I assume it is from when the vehicle left the road last month, but shouldn't this person clean it up?
    coyotes in rothrock