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Fall into Autumn & Winter in the Allegheny National Forest

As Pennsylvania’s only national forest, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is a premier nature destination with small town charm, family-owned businesses, hand-crafted artisan treasures and year-round outdoor recreational fun. This amazing forest of 513,000 acres has vast numbers of attractions, recreational opportunities, unique small-town Americana ambiance and over 600 miles of multi-use trails – which has earned the McKean County region of the Allegheny National Forest the moniker, “Trail Central.”

In Autumn explore the golden, crimson, orange and yellow canopies of the Kinzua Gorge beneath the Kinzua Sky Walk. Take a stroll over the “tracks across the sky” and take in the astonishing 360-degree view of stunning autumn colors. At the end of the Skywalk, a partial glass floor showcases the Kinzua Gorge and fallen towers beneath.

The Kinzua Bridge State Park, Kinzua Sky Walk, and Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center are located at 296 Viaduct Road in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania. The park is open daily from 8am until dusk. Admission is free.

 

ALL SEASON IS TRAIL CENTRAL IN THE ANF

The snowmobile season in the ANF begins December 15, 2019. The Allegheny National Forest provides more than 360 miles of groomed trails, winding through the lush pines and forestlands.

For snowmobile rentals contact Myers Motorsports at 814-779-3745. For more information about snowmobiling in the state of Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association by email at info@pasnow.org or call 888-441-7772.

Ice-skaters will enjoy the feeling of flight as they glide upon the smooth surface of the Callahan Ice Rink at 64 Poplin Avenue in Bradford, Pennsylvania, a fully-enclosed ice rink with heated viewing area, skate rentals, four locker rooms and concession stand – opening in the first week of November. For more information pertaining to public skating hours call 814-368-8190.

The terrain on the Allegheny Highlands offers something for any skill level of cross-country skier. The Westline Cross-Country Ski Area provides 7.8 miles of trails which are suitable for beginners and experts. Rimrock Road - a five mile round trip - and 3.5 miles of trails at Tracy Ridge are suitable for beginner to intermediate skiers.

As for snowshoeing, lake-effect snowstorms blowing off the Great Lakes often pile deep snow in the high country of McKean County.

 

HUNTING AND THE KINZUA QUALITY DEER COOPERATIVE

The winter season in the ANF may be cold, but Anglers do not seem to mind as their winter excitement sets in right before dropping their fishing line into the depths of the water through the hole drilled in the ice on the Allegheny Reservoir. The Allegheny Reservoir is known for big walleye, northern pike and trout. Willow Bay, Marilla Reservoir and Chapel Bay all offer great fishing in the winter.

The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) offers the unique opportunity to avoid the masses of hunters by hunting on tens of thousands of acres of Pennsylvania forestlands. With 74,000 acres of public and private forest land the KQDC offers hunters a place to harvest a buck or doe. It also has flocks of wild turkeys, numerous black bears, excellent squirrel hunting, along with grouse and other small game. Pennsylvania residents and non-residents alike can hunt the KQDC with the proper hunting licenses.

To obtain a copy of the KQDC annual report, details about DMAP and important dates to remember for differentiated game hunting seasons, visit www.Facebook.com/TheKQDC. To obtain a PA Hunting License call 717-787-2084.

 

EXCHANGE HIBERNATION THIS WINTER FOR RECREATION

Fun in the Allegheny National Forest region doesn’t stop when the weather drops; it simply adapts, with choices such as snowshoeing, ice-skating, and ice fishing. Blankets of white may be covering the treetops and lands of the Allegheny National Forest and surrounding regions during the winter season, however, there is an abundance of recreational opportunities with trails for snowmobiling, winter biking and cross-country skiing. Blazed hiking trails at Tracy Ridge are a good place to start for beginners, while the Morrison Hiking Trail is a challenge for hard-core snowshoeing and dispersed winter camping. If a cabin is more to your liking, contact 844-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov.

 

WINTER RECREATION EVENTS

Hailed as the biggest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Annual Warren County Winterfest is being held from January 17-19, 2020 at Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road in Clarendon, Pennsylvania, and is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to chase away the winter blues. Winterfest also offers opportunities to cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice skate or snow sculpt. Be a spectator or join in on the wintertime fun and recreation. For more information about the event call 814-726-2774 or visit www.warrencountywinterfest.com.

For a full day of Winter fun, mark your calendar for Winter in the Wilds on January 18, 2020 at CJ Spirits, 120 Willow Run Drive in Kane, Pennsylvania. Enjoy the sparkle off the snowbanks from the sun’s reflection while listening to live musical entertainment from 1-4pm and 7:30-10:30pm, exploring vendors and the chili cook-off from 1-4pm. For more information call 814-837-1500 or visit www.cjspirits.com.

The 41th Annual Tony Dolan Memorial Ski for Cancer event, whose namesake was a Bradford pharmacist and former president of the McKean Chapter of the American Cancer Society, will be held January 25, 2020. This community event is the longest running American Cancer Society event in the state of Pennsylvania where participants can ski, hike, or use snowshoes on the Kinzua Valley Trail which is about 4.5 miles long and is located adjacent to the Westline Inn.

Anyone can participate as an individual or as part of a team. Any participant who raises a minimum of $25 is eligible to receive a free event long sleeve t-shirt. Shirts are available on a first come, first served basis. Anyone who registers on the website and makes a $25 donation by January 22 will be guaranteed a shirt. Participants can ask for pledges or donations via their website or through cash or check donations.

When the snow is deep and the freeze in the air produces a little shiver, don’t stay indoors ... Get out and play at the Annual Marilla Winter Trek. Bring your own equipment or borrow a pair of skies or snowshoes from the Tuna Valley Trail Association. Get lost in the white blanket covering the landscape while wandering the trails. Warm up after the trek with hot drinks and a warm fire. This event is in February 2020 and is free and open to the public; donations to support the Tuna Valley Trail Association upkeep of trails will be gratefully accepted. The trailhead for the Marilla Trails System is located along Route 346, five miles west of the city of Bradford. For more information visit www.tunavalleytrail.com/events

 

COME INSIDE FROM THE COLD THIS WINTER

Come on in out of the cold, sit back, relax and enjoy the show – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound present “A Jazzy Little Christmas” From 7:30-10pm on December 1, 2019 at the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.

On January 11, 2020, the intimate unplugged show, “Acoustically Speaking with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp”, will feature songs that have influenced their lives, capped by a few from the iconic Pulitzer Prize winning musical that changed their lives, Rent. The performance will be held from 7:30-9pm at the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford. For more information about upcoming BCPAC performances call 814-362-2522 or visit bcpac.com.

The University of Pittsburgh, Bradford has recently released their seasonal programing full of educational classes, art creativity and musical entertainment. For instance, Poet Paula Klosson Buck will be presenting in the Frame-Westerberg Commons on October 16, 2019 at 7:30pm at 300 Campus Drive in Bradford, Pennsylvania.    

Do not despair music lovers, as the Southern Tier Symphony will be performing on February 2, 2020 at 3:00pm in the Bromeley Family Theater. Followed by The Rainbow Fish, a performance for the entire family, on February 4, 2020 at 7pm in the Bromeley Family Theater.

For more information pertaining to entertainment options during the winter months in the Allegheny National Forest region, visit upb.pitt.edu/TheArts or call 814-362-5113.

 

WARM UP WHILE LEARNING

Explore the Zippo/Case Museum at 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford, Pennsylvania, where patrons and collectors from all around the world gather to experience the rich heritage of Zippo Lighters and Case Knives. The extensive exhibits include the very first Zippo lighter, as well as an exploration of Zippo and Case’s American military history. The museum is free to visit and open every day – with group and bus tours welcome. For hours and more information call 814-368-1932 or visit zippocasemuseum.com.

For more than four decades, Marilyn Horne dazzled audiences around the world with her spectacular Opera singing voice. Considered the greatest Rossini singer of the 20th century, she has performed for four U.S. presidents and received extensive awards. Explore the life and elegant wardrobes of Marilyn Horne at 2 Marilyn Horne Way, Bradford, Pennsylvania. Admission is free and open to the public. For hours and more information call 814-362-7990 or visit www.marilynhorne.org.

Visit the Eldred World War II Museum to see compelling exhibits and hear individual stories for a personal experience like no other. Relive the stories of the men and women who fought for the freedoms of our country and won. "Three levels of World War II memorabilia await, including huge model displays that you can drive toy tanks over and replicas of life-size submarines, as well as life-size bunkers you can walk inside, thousands of artifacts from guns to patches and flags to uniforms. The museum could quite literally have been picked up from Washington, D.C. alongside any of the other Smithsonian's buildings and been dropped here overnight," according to Fox News.

For hours of operation for the Eldred World War II Museum, located at 201 Main Street in Eldred, Pennsylvania, or for more information, call 814-225-2220 or visit eldredpaww2museum.com.

 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

To receive a useful, convenient, free travel guide full of maps, attractions, restaurants and other things to see and do in the Allegheny National Forest Region, please call 800-473-9370 or go to visitANF.com.