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Tuscarora State Forest
Tuscarora State Forest
TUSCARORA STATE FOREST
TUSCARORA STATE FOREST
Tuscarora State Forest derives its name from Tuscarora Mountain. The mountain, in turn, was named for the Tuscarora Indians, a tribe adopted by the Iroquois Nation and allowed to migrate to this region about 1714.

Comprised of 91,165 acres, the Tuscarora State Forest is located in Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties. The original forest consisted of hemlock in the stream bottoms with American chestnut and oak on the slopes and mountain tops. The first state purchase of land for this district was 7,608 acres bought in 1902 from J. Preston Thomas at a cost of $1.72 per acre. Originally called the Rothrock Forest Reserve, this tract was later merged with the Pennypacker and McClure reserves to form the present Tuscarora State Forest.
History of the Area
Tuscarora State Forest derives its name from Tuscarora Mountain. The mountain, in turn, was named for the Tuscarora Indians, a tribe adopted by the Iroquois Nation and allowed to migrate to this region about 1714.

Comprised of 91,165 acres, the Tuscarora State Forest is located in Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties. The original forest consisted of hemlock in the stream bottoms with American chestnut and oak on the slopes and mountain tops. The first state purchase of land for this district was 7,608 acres bought in 1902 from J. Preston Thomas at a cost of $1.72 per acre. Originally called the Rothrock Forest Reserve, this tract was later merged with the Pennypacker and McClure reserves to form the present Tuscarora State Forest.

Lumbering began in earnest in the early 1900's by large lumber companies such as the Perry Lumber Company, Oak Extract Company, East Waterford Lumber Company and the Pine Creek Lumber and Timber Company. The great logging era ended in 1930.

A major development came in 1933 with the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work program for able-bodied and unemployed males. State forestry personnel planned and supervised work activities for the CCC, which included construction and maintenance of roads, trails, and bridges and the development of state parks, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. Six CCC camps were located in the Tuscarora.


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Picnicking
The Karl B. Guss State Forest Picnic Area, established in the early 1960's, is located in northwestern Juniata County along East Licking Creek Drive. It provides Facilities for picnicking and fishing and includes a playfield. Much of this area is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Trails
Snowmobiling & Skiing:

A snowmobile trail system of more than 100 miles provides excellent snowmobiling during snowy winter months. A cross-country ski area is located in Fowler Hollow, which follows 11 miles of trails and old railroad grades. Special trail maps are available for both.
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Area Campgrounds
Dogwood Acres Campground
4500 Enola Road
Newville, PA
717-776-5203
Locust Campground
475 Locust Road
Lewistown, PA
717-248-3974
Paradise Stream Family Campground
PO Box 124
Loysville, PA
717-789-2117
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Weiler Mansion Bed Breakfast - BELLEVILLE, PABBs / Inns
Join us for a refreshing stay in an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Step back in time as you explore our rural heritage among one of Pennsylvania's Amish communities. If your life is complex, get back to the simple basics with a visit to our bed and breakfast.
17.4 miles from park*
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Tuscarora State Forest
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