The approximately 8,000 acres of land under the management of the Penn State Forestland Management Office abounds with year-round opportunities for the willing outdoor enthusiast.

Forestland Quick Facts

  • All lands are within a 25-minute drive from the University Park Campus and State College.

  • It is unlawful to operate any class of all-terrain vehicle on any property within the ownership of the Pennsylvania State University. All-terrain vehicles include ATVs, quads, UTVs, side-by-sides, off-highway motorcycles and golf carts.
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  • Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted in accordance with current Pennsylvania game and fish laws. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl on or around Lake Perez in Huntingdon County.

  • Dispersed camping (primitive, leave no trace) is permitted in specific areas for a specified duration of time with a no-fee University permit. Basically, if one erects a tent or occupies a camp site for any duration of time a permit must be obtained. To request a permit contact the Forestland Management Office at 814-865-7422 or 814-865-6272 or e-mail preferably 48 hours in advance of your arrival.

  • Firewood cutting/gathering permits are available for $30.00 for 3 cords (a cord = 4' x 4' x 8' = 128 sqft). It is the responsibility of the firewood permitee to be aware of Pennsylvania firewood quarantines and best practices. To obtain a permit contact the Forestland Management Office at 814-865-7422 or 814-865-6272 or e-mail .

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Additional Information

Applicable codes, policies, rules and regulations.

The majority of the Penn State forestland is enrolled in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Hunter Access Program. Users must recognize and comply with all relevant University policies and Pennsylvania codes.

Roads and Hiking Trails

The Penn State Forestland Management Office currently supports an infrastructure of more than 20 miles of forest roads suitable to be driven by passenger vehicles. All trails suitable for destination recreational hiking are managed and maintained by the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and the Stone Valley Recreation Area.

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