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Tioga State Forest
TIOGA STATE FOREST
TIOGA STATE FOREST
Tioga State Forest
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The name Tioga, and Indian word meaning the meeting of two rivers, is the name of a tribe of Seneca Indians who once inhabited the area. The Tioga State Forest, consisting of 160,000 acres of state forest land in Bradford and Tioga Counties, was named after this tribe of Indians.
History of the Area
The name Tioga, and Indian word meaning the meeting of two rivers, is the name of a tribe of Seneca Indians who once inhabited the area. The Tioga State Forest, consisting of 160,000 acres of state forest land in Bradford and Tioga Counties, was named after this tribe of Indians.

The purpose of the original acquisition of state forest land was to protect the headwaters of Pine Creek. The first purchase was in June 1900 when 900 acres along Cedar Run were acquired from F.E. Watrous. Acquisition was continued through the years. The last large tract of 13,828 acres was transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1955 and is knows as Resettlement Lands. It is located on Armenia Mountain in the headwaters of the Tioga River.

The majority of the tracts of land which today make up the Tioga State Forest were originally held by large lumber companies and land holding companies.

A major development on the forest came in 1933 with the establishment of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps at the Darling Run, Elk Run, Leetonia and Dixie Run. Work activities included construction and maintenance of roads, trails and bridges. The original mapping and timber typing began during this period. Timber stand improvement practices also began at this time. The CCC also developed picnic areas and scenic vistas.

An interesting activity that took place on the Tioga State Forest was the operation of birch stills. These Stills which operated during the 1940s, processed bark from birch trees to produce birch oil. The only remnant of this industry is a still located at Morris. It has not been operated since 1972.

The area encompassing the Tioga State Forest has always been basically a timber producing area. In the early days, large sawmills located at Ansonia, Leetonia and several other locations were principal employers in a timber industry that flourished for nearly 50 years. The composition of today's forest is a result of timber cutting and fire during that period.


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Trails
The West Rim Trail, a 30-mile long hiking trail, is maintained along the western rim of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. Many vistas have been cleared along the trail to provide the hiker with views of the Pine Creek Valley.

The Pine Creek Trail has been developed by the Bureau of Forestry on the abandoned railroad grade that parallels the Pine Creek. The trail extends 62 miles south from Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore in Tiadaghton State Forest. The trail is used primarily for bicycling, cross country skiing, and walking. Some segments contain a horseback riding trail next to the bicycle trail.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 19 canyon country campground by camptherenomore
a group of 8 of us went camping to celebrate the one yr anniversary of me finishing chemo for breast cancer - chemo is more fun then this campground - rules are posted everywhere - they are strictly enforced - not allowed to make a PEEP past 10 pm even on weekends - owner stands behind trees in the dark and spies on you - thanks for making my chemo more enjoyable than your campground - do not recomend


Area Campgrounds

Kenshire Kampsite
112 John Deere Lane
Gaines, PA
814-435-6764


Canyon Country Campground
130 Wilson Road
Wellsboro, PA
570-724-3818


Stony Fork Creek Campground
658 Stony Fork Creek Road
Wellsboro, PA
570-724-3096


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Holiday Hill Campground - Springwater, NYCampgrounds
Holiday Hill Campground, located just 40 miles south of Rochester, in the western Finger Lakes Region of NY, has what youve been looking for. At Holiday Hill you can enjoy great camping and also visit nearby attractions such as Widmer Winery and other attractions nearby.
Web Site: holidayhillcampground.com/
58.8 miles from park*
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