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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).

Bear Meadows Road Closure

Portions of Bear Meadows Road will be closed from Monday, March 9, 2020, through Wednesday, September 30, 2020, for three bridge replacement projects. No alternate routes will be available.

The portion of Bear Meadows Road at Sinking Creek will be closed from Monday, March 9, 2020, to Thursday, April 16, 2020. After this section is reopened, the section between Galbraith Gap parking lot to Laurel Run Road will be closed from Thursday, April 16, 2020, to Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Forest users will still be able to use the parking lot and access Black Gum Trail by foot or bicycle to bypass the closed portion of Bear Meadows Road.

To view the affected areas, please view the Bear Meadows Road Closure Map (PDF). Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

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.