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Sproul State Forest
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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.

History of the Area
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.
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Hiking -- Two hiking trails systems designated as State Forest Trails are located within the Sproul State Forest. The Chuck Keiper Trail is a 50 mile double looped system which includes trails in the Fish Dam Wild Area and Burns Run Wild Area. The Chuck Keiper Trail is marked with orange paint blazes.

The Donut Hole Trail is approximately 90 miles in length and connects with the Susquehannock Trail System. The trail traverses Kettle Creek Park and terminates at Hyner Run State Park. The Donut Hole Trail is marked with orange paint blazes.

There are numerous other foot trails which were originally built for fire access which provide good hiking into most parts of the Sproul State Forest. These trails are not marked or maintained. When hiking in the Sproul State forest persons should dress for the weather and use map and compass

Equestrian Use -- An Equestrian Trail located near Kettle Creek State Park is comprised of a 15 mile loop. The Eagleton Mine Camp Trail, a multi-use trail, offers a 20 mile loop through several historical locations in the area. Additionally with the exception of designated hiking trails and municipal watersheds, horseback riders may utilized the old woods roads and State Forest Road system. Trail maps are available by contacting the Sproul district office.

Mountain Biking -- All trails within the Sproul State Forest are open to mountain biking, with the exception of the Donut Hole Trail and the Chuck Keiper Trail. Most trails are kept clear over the summer, but some do become overgrown. It is recommended you contact the district office to find out which trails are better for riding. The Eagleton Mine Camp Trail offers excellent biking. Many sections are narrow, steep and rocky. The northern section is not as technical as the southern loop.

Cross-country Skiing -- Hiking Bear Ski Trail is located on Hyner Mountain and traverses 14 miles. The trail covers diverse terrain providing opportunities for both novice and experienced skiers.

Snowmobiling -- Snowmobile Trails are available for use when snow conditions permit. The Hyner Mountain Trail system is marked and groomed. Also, many State Forest Roads are open for joint use of snowmobiles and licensed motorized vehicles.

All Terrain Vehicles -- There is one area in the Sproul State Forest open to All Terrain Vehicles use. The area is located near the Huling Branch of Two Mile Run and consists of old woods roads, old coal mining roads, and unreclaimed surface mining areas. All the rest of Sproul State Forest is closed to All Terrain Vehicle use.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 7 Unique diverse scenery! Isolation! :) by Scot & Denise B.
park review stars; one to five A great forest to visit and enjoy! Chuck keiper trail difficult but worth the sweat! Plan on doing donut hole also!
June 23 good by billb
park review stars; one to five Recommended great site, Great Creeks.
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From the north:
1. Take I-80 E towards Lock Haven.
2. Take exit 185 towards US-220 BUS N/Flemington.
3. Merge onto Bellefonte Ave/US-220 BUS N.
4. Continue to follow US-220 BUS N.
5. After about 14 miles, take the exit onto PA-150 N.
6. Continue on PA-150 N for approximately 26 miles.
7. Turn right onto Pine Station Road.
8. Continue for about 1.5 miles, and you will reach the Sproul State Forest.

From the south:
1. Take US-220 N towards Renovo.
2. Continue on US-220 N for approximately 32 miles.
3. Take the PA-120 exit towards Lock Haven/Renovo.
4. Turn left onto PA-120 W.
5. After about 13 miles, turn left onto PA-120 W/PA-664 N.
6. Continue on PA-664 N for approximately 8 miles.
7. Turn right onto PA-144 N.
8. After about 5 miles, turn left onto Pine Station Road.
9. Continue for about 1.5 miles, and you will reach the Sproul State Forest.

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