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Michaux State Forest Advisories

Michaux Closures Due to COVID-19

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

Winter ATV Trail Notice

The ATV Trail on Piney Mountain Ridge Road from Bendersville Road to Slate Quarry Road will be used by log trucks for an active timber harvest during the winter riding season until further notice.

ATV riders should use extreme caution as log trucks may be encountered. The gates will be open, but the road is closed to other unauthorized vehicular traffic. The general public will not be permitted to drive motor vehicles on this section of road.

The gate to the west of Slate Quarry Road at intersection 40 will be open during active logging operations, but will be closed at the end of each day. An ATV Trail Map for the Advisory (PDF) shows the section of road involved, highlighted in blue. If you have questions, please contact the Michaux State Forest District office at 717-352-2211.

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 the Michaux 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.

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.