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Rothrock State Forest Advisories

Rothrock Closures Due to COVID-19

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

Pennsylvania Furnace Road Closure

March 22, 2021: Pennsylvania Furnace Road south of the Brady and Kepler Road intersection is closed indefinitely due to extremely icy and dangerous conditions.

Kettle Road and Coopers Gap Road Advisory

March 22, 2021: Forest visitors are strongly urged to avoid Kettle Road and the Woodland end of Coopers Gap Road due to icy and dangerous conditions.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is always fatal to deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions of Rothrock 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.