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Bald Eagle State Forest Advisories

Bald Eagle Closures Due to COVID-19

Please see the DCNR alert details regarding state forest closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Stony Run Road Closure

Stony Run Road will be closed from the intersection of Pine Creek Hollow Road to Sheesley Run Road for a road surface improvement project starting Monday, August 3, 2020, through Thursday, August 13, 2020. Please see the Stony Run Road Closure Map (PDF) for details.

In addition, Winklebleck Road will be closed during this timeframe due to heavy incoming truck traffic.

Swift Run Bridge Closure at Snyder-Middleswarth Picnic Area

The bridge over Swift Run at the entrance to Snyder-Middleswarth State Forest Picnic Area will be under construction starting on Monday, July 27, 2020.

The replacement structure should be in place by mid- to late September. Please see the Snyder-Middleswarth Picnic Area Bridge Closure Map (PDF) for details.

Camping, Fuelwood, and Stone Sales Permits

Although the district office remains closed to public entry, permits can be processed in-person by window service (wearing a face mask is required).

Hall Mountain Group Camp is closed indefinitely and no permits will be issued at the Hickernell, New Lancaster Valley, and Eastville maintenance headquarters.

Fuelwood permits (PDF) and stone sales permits (PDF) can be fulfilled by U.S. mail, and may be sent to:

Bald Eagle District Office
18865 Old Turnpike Road
Millmont, PA 17845

For more information, please contact the Bald Eagle Sate Forest District office at 570-922-3344.

Dangerous Conditions for Kayakers on Penns Creek at Poe Paddy Tunnel Bridge

Half of Penns Creek is impassable at the bridge near Poe Paddy Tunnel due to a collection of debris.

Kayakers are urged to use caution in the area.

Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail Reclassified as Summer Trail Only

Due to maintenance, impact, and safety concerns, the dual sport motorcycle trail has been reclassified as a summer trail only. Questions or concerns about the reclassification can be directed to the Bald Eagle State Forest district office at 570-922-3344.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions of Bald Eagle State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors in the DMA.

Winter Road Conditions

All roads within Bald Eagle State Forest (including Ground Oak Trail and North Sand Mountain Trail) are not maintained for winter weather conditions and users must exercise extreme caution.

State forest roads are “travel at your own risk” and may be designated for snowmobile use. Visitors whose vehicles become stuck will be required to contact a towing/vehicle removal service for road assistance.

Don’t Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.