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Warren County Pennsylvania Horse Trails

Allegheny National Forest Horse Trails

Allegheny National Forest

Although horse use is allowed in most places on the Allegheny National Forest, there are few developed facilities to accommodate horses. If you are prepared to camp in the forest without modern amenities, and blaze your own trails, you have come to the right place. First off, we recommend purchasing an Allegheny National Forest map. This road map will show you where all the Forest Service land is.

Horse use is not permitted in developed campgrounds. The good news is, camping is allowed in most other places on the Allegheny National Forest. This is called dispersed camping. You do not need a permit or to pay a fee to dispersed camp. The following forest roads (FR) or areas have a number of dispersed campsites that can accommodate larger vehicles and trailers.

Elk County Forest County McKean County Warren County Bear Creek & FR 135 Kelly Pines FR 133 FR 116 Red Mill & FR 143 FR 145 FR 321 FR 119 FR 195 FR 159 FR 160 FR 237 FR 212, 210, 561 FR 259 FR 339 FR 227-403 FR 449 State Route 666 Please practice campsite etiquette. Following these suggestions will protect the environment and will ensure that your campsite will appeal to campers who follow.

  • Choose an area that has a graveled parking spur that is large enough to support all your vehicles and trailer. Pulling off the road into unprotected soils can get you stuck and damage the environment.
  • Clean up your campsite when you leave. Pack home all garbage and scatter your manure away from campsites and water bodies.
  • Protect streams and lakes by hitching horses at least 100 feet from the water's edge, and by watering your horses with a bucket rather than taking them to the water.
  • Protect trails. Horses can damage areas during wet weather.
  • Horse hooves are especially damaging on steep slopes and wet soils. Instead of riding straight up a slope, follow the contour gently, or switchback up a slope.
  • Avoid riding during very wet periods or in areas that are always wet to protect soils that are most susceptible to damage, and for a safer ride. -When riding off roads, follow single-file to keep trails from widening.
  • Protect trees by using a highline to hitch stock. Attach tree saver straps to two trees and secure a rope between them. Tie the horse to the rope at a point midway between the trees.
  • In areas crowded with other campers, use a highline rather than a temporary corral so that others have space for their camping equipment.

Camping is NOT permitted in the following areas on the Allegheny National Forest:

  • On the shores and within 1500 feet inland of the timberline around the Allegheny Reservoir and the Tionesta Reservoir.
  • Within Jakes Rocks, Rimrock, and Old State Road Recreation Areas.
  • Within 1500 feet either side of the Allegheny Reservoir Scenic Drive (includes Longhouse Scenic Drive and portions of State Routes 59, 346 and 351)
  • Main access roads into Jakes Rocks, Rimrock, and Old State Road.
  • Within 1500 feet either side of the main channel of Kinzua Creek from Red Bridge upstream to Mead Run.
  • Within Hearts Content and Tionesta Scenic Areas.
  • Within 1500 feet of the Tionesta Reservoir except in designated sites.

Allegheny National Forest permits open riding...that is, you are allowed to ride anywhere with a few exceptions. Hiking and cross-country ski trails are off-limits to horses and pack-stock. They are marked with yellow paint, and gray, white and blue diamonds. These trails were not built to withstand horse use and would quickly become unsuitable with a small amount of horse use.

There are hundreds of miles of primitive roads, pipelines and motorized trails (orange and yellow diamonds) on the Allegheny National Forest that are available for horse use, and you are welcome to ride cross-country. Do not mark your favorite trail. We recommend purchasing a topographic map for the area you plan to ride, and carry a compass. If trailblazing is not your style, there are three outfitter-guides that operate on the Allegheny National Forest that will be happy to show you around for a small fee.

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