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Michaux State Forest
MICHAUX STATE FOREST
MICHAUX STATE FOREST
Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

The Michaux State Forest is located in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties. It is named in honor of Andre Michaux, a French botanist, dispatched by the King and Queen of France in 1785 to gather plants for the Royal Gardens. He and his son Francois Andre Michaux are noted for discovering and identifying a host of flowers, shrubs and trees.
History of the Area
The Michaux State Forest is located in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties. It is named in honor of Andre Michaux, a French botanist, dispatched by the King and Queen of France in 1785 to gather plants for the Royal Gardens. He and his son Francois Andre Michaux are noted for discovering and identifying a host of flowers, shrubs and trees.

From the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, the lands that are now the Michaux State Forest were owned by large iron companies. Iron furnaces processed iron ore, dug from open pits, into "pig iron", which was forged into iron tools, stoves, kettles, and a variety of other implements. The largest iron furnaces were located at Caledonia, Mont Alto and Pine Grove Furnace. Cannon balls made from these furnace's were used during the Revolutionary War. The iron companies needed large land holdings from which to cut wood that was converted to charcoal and used to fuel the iron furnaces. The iron industry disappeared in this area when it could no longer compete with new technology and richer ore deposits found to the west.

The Michaux State Forest can boast many firsts in forestry in Pennsylvania. The first forest tree nursery was established in Mont Alto in 1902, the first wooden fire tower in established in 1905 and the first steel fire tower in 1914. In 1903, the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy was established at Mont Alto. It was the first of its kind in the state and only the second in the nation to train professional foresters. Prior to this, foresters went to Europe for training.

Today, the Michaux State Forest, comprising more than 85,000 acres, is managed for a variety of uses that benefit not only the citizens of Pennsylvania, but also the nation and the world. A variety of wood products are produced from the timber resources providing for the needs of millions of people as well as aiding the local economy.

Potable water may be the Michaux's most valuable resource. Numerous local communities depend on its pure water for their municipal water supplies.
Nearby Accommodations
The Brickhouse Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
Gracious accommodations and in-town convenience are the perfect combination for your stay in Gettysbug. 1898 brick Victorian in historic district. Walk to battlefield, restaurants, shops.
13.3 miles from park*


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Trails
The Appalachian Trail:

The Appalachian Trail is a continuous, marked footpath extending along the crest of the Appalachian Mountain range for more than 2,100 miles from Mt. Katahdin in central Maine, south to Springer Mountain in Georgia, traversing 14 states along the way.

The Trail stretches diagonally across eastern Pennsylvania covering a distance of 228.8 miles. Forty-five of these miles are located on state forest lands. About 39 miles are on the Michaux State Forest located just north of the Maryland state line. The remaining six miles are divided between the Weiser and Delaware State Forests. The Trail is marked by either two different signs. One is a white rectangular paint blazes two inches wide by six inches high, usually on trees. The second is a diamond-shaped metal marker with the Trail Monogram on it.

On state forest lands the Appalachian Trail is contained within a buffer zone where timber harvesting is restricted to the removal of hazardous trees that pose as a risk to public safety. Outside the buffer zone, various types of cutting practices are used to provide a continuous supply of wood products and to enhance the quality of various wildlife habitats. The hiker who ventures off the main trail may have the opportunity to see various states of forest progression and encounter a wider diversity of both plants and animals.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 1
BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL. mor private than other campgrounds
April 19 A Great Escape by P Boyer
There are so many beautiful trails( including the Appalacian Trail) to visit and Long Pine Run lake is great for canoeing etc. The wild Rhododendrons are gorgeous along many of the roads by the lake especially. You also have Caledonia State Park with great campimg. The area is just loaded with places to investigate and enjoy. Plenty of places to ride horses-hike a waterfall-or just relax.


Area Campgrounds

Western Village RV Park Inc
200 Greenview Drive
Carlisle, PA
717-243-1179


Cherokee Campground
200 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-8000


Deer Run Campground
111 Sheet Iron Roof Road
Gardners, PA


Mountain Creek Campground
349 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-7681


Artillery Ridge Camping Resort
610 Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, PA
717-334-1288


Drummer Boy Camping Resort
1300 Hanover Road
Gettysburg, PA


Gettysburg Campground
2030 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA


Gettysburg KOA Kampground
20 Knox Road
Gettysburg, PA
717-642-5713


Granite Hill Camping Resort
3340 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Baladerry Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
An ideal choice for your visit to historic Gettysburg and the surrounding area. One of the most historic inns in Gettysburg, with its unique country setting at the edge of the battlefield and close proximity to the restaurants and attractions in town.
Web Site: baladerryinn.com
15.3 miles from park*
Pheasant Field Bed Breakfast - Carlisle, PABBs / Inns
Enjoy casual, country elegance in this 200 year old brick farmhouse situated on 10 acres. We are located near the Appalachian Trail, world-class fly fishing and Carlisle collector car events.
Web Site: pheasantfield.com
19.3 miles from park*
Beechmont Inn Bed Breakfast - Hanover, PABBs / Inns
Located on a tree-lined street of stately historic homes, The Beechmont has welcomed business and leisure travelers since 1986 with exceptional hospitality and thoughtful extras designed to exceed travelers needs and desires.
Web Site: thebeechmont.com
23.8 miles from park*
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