SPROUL STATE FOREST
Sproul State Forest, situated north of the Allegheny front in the Allegheny Plateau region, itself was named in memory of William C. Sproul Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923. Governor Sproul was best known for expansion of public education system in Pennsylvania. Today, the forest contains some of the most rugged and remote forest land in Pennsylvania. The area offers some outstanding opportunities for diversified outdoor recreation.
The Sproul State Forest was named in memory of William C. Sproul Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923. Governor Sproul was best known for expansion of public education system in Pennsylvania.
The forest is located in western Clinton and northern Centre counties containing 280,000 acres of State Forest Land. Land acquisition for the Sproul State Forest began in 1898 with the purchase of a tract of cut over forest land from the Clinton County Commissioners near Bull Run in the Young Woman's Creek watershed. The location is marked with a suitable monument. This first purchase was also the beginning of the entire Pennsylvania State Forest system. Over the years, the State Forest system has grown. There are now over 2,000,000 acres of State Forest Land which are managed for the good of all citizens in Pennsylvania.
1. Donut Hole Trail Campsites: This 90-mile long trail has several primitive campsites along the way, perfect for backpackers and hikers who want to spend a night or two in Sproul State Forest.
2. Hyner Run State Park: Although not directly within Sproul forest but nearby, this state park offers modern camping facilities including electric hookups, flush toilets and showers.
3. Chuck Keiper East Loop Camping Area: There are numerous designated camp spots available on first-come-first-serve basis around this popular hiking loop inside the forest.
4. Western Clinton Sportsman's Association (WCSA) Primitive Camping Site: Located near Renovo Road at Westport area of the forest offering rustic camping experience with fire rings & picnic tables provided by WCSA club members.
5. Kettle Creek Gorge Natural Area: A remote wilderness where dispersed backcountry camping is allowed following Leave No Trace principles.
6. Round Island Run Falls Dispersed Campsite: An isolated spot ideal for those seeking solitude amidst nature; no amenities so pack everything you need!
7. Dispersed River Camping Sites Along Susquehanna River: These sites offer beautiful views of river valley especially during fall season when leaves change colors.