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McKean County Pennsylvania Hiking Trails

Tracy Ridge National Recreation Trail
(Includes Johnnycake Trail)

Allegheny National Forest

Length:  8.7 miles

This is a 10.1 kilometer (6.3 mile) section of a 13.9 kilometer (8.7 mile) triangular loop. This trail offers a wonderful all-day hike beginning on the flat ridgetop at Tracy Ridge Recreation Area at the 2245 foot elevation and dropping to 1328 foot elevation, which is the normal summer pool of the Allegheny Reservoir. This trail is located within the Allegheny National Recreation Area (NRA), which is one of the few roadless areas of the Forest.

Hiking the area: Slopes along the reservoir and along the small streams which drain the area are steep. Rock ledges and large boulders can be found on the steeper hillsides. Most of the area is heavily forested in second growth timber; primarily oak, scattered with beech, black cherry, and hickory. Hemlock is found in small groves along the streams, and some magnificent old white pines can be found in scattered locations. Opportunities to view wildlife are plentiful.

Regulations: The trail is marked with off-white markers. Dispersed camping is permitted along the trail. Campfires are permitted as long as they are maintained in a fire ring and are fully extinguished upon departing. The developed Tracy Ridge Campground and primitive areas of Handsome Lake and Hopewell are along the trail. If you chose to camp along the trail and are not in one of the above mentioned locations, a Forest Order requires that camps be set up 1500 feet from the treeline of the reservoir.

Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking trails.


The trailhead parking lot is located 18 miles west of Bradford via SR 346 and SR 321, or from the Allegheny Reservoir/Morrison Bridge area via SR 59 and SR 321 at the Tracy Ridge Campground.

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