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Forest County Pennsylvania Ski Trails

Beaver Meadows Trail System

Allegheny National Forest

This system consists of five interconnecting trails, totaling 7.1 miles that wind through the forested hills around Beaver Meadows Lake. The trails begin at the dam at Beaver Meadows Recreation Area.

A wide variety of experiences await the hiker at Beaver Meadows. The terrain around the lake is gentle offering a leisurely hike. Opportunities to view wildlife are plentiful.

  • Beaver Meadows Loop - This 3.0 mile loop is marked with off-white diamonds. South of the lake, the trail passes through a grassy savannah dotted with spruce and pine trees. As the trail nears the headwaters of the lake, look for the small fenced areas that protect blueberry plants from deer browsing. The trail then passes over the lake on a floating boardwalk. North of the lake, the trail climbs to a forest of black cherry and red maple.
  • Seldom Seen Trail - This trail is 1.2 miles long and is marked with blue diamonds. It passes through a mature forest of black cherry, red maple, beech and red pine. The highlight of the trail is the half-acre blueberry patch. The area is fenced to protect the plants from deer browsing. Enjoy the blueberries in late July and August.
  • Salmon Creek Loop - This loop trail is 1.3 miles long, and is marked with blue diamonds. It is dominated by a peaceful red pine and spruce forest. Several beavers make their home in Salmon Creek. If you are quiet, you may be able to see one.
  • Penoke Path - This trail is 1.1 miles long and is marked with blue diamonds. As it follows Penoke Run, it passes through a grassy savannah on an old railroad grade. The large old stumps in the savannah are the remnants of a forest that was cut at the turn of the century.
  • Lakeside Loop - This short 0.5 mile trail is marked with blue diamonds. It takes you closer to the lake to enjoy the scenery, view wildlife, or fish.

These trails are for hiking, skiing and mountain biking. Motorized vehicles, ATVs, and snowmobiles, are not allowed on any of the trails. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking or cross county ski trails. If you are hunting in the area, please make sure you are outside the campground boundary.


The trailhead is located at the Beaver Meadows Recreation Area on Forest Road 282, four miles north of Marienville on N. Forest Street (Forest Road 128).

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