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Susquehannock State Forest Wild and Natural Areas

Pennsylvania’s state forest system includes dozens of special wild and natural areas set aside to protect unique or unusual biologic, geologic, scenic, and historical features; or to showcase outstanding examples of the state’s major forest communities.

Natural areas are “managed” by nature and direct human intervention is limited. They provide places for scenic observation, protect special plant and animal communities, and conserve outstanding examples of natural beauty.

Wild areas are generally extensive tracts managed to protect the forest’s wild character and to provide backcountry recreational opportunities.

Hammersley Wild Area

This 30,253-acre tract is located in Potter and Clinton counties and is comprised of wooded valleys and plateaus. Traces of several logging camps and a logging railroad can be found here.

The Hammersley Wild Area Map and Brochure (PDF) has more information about this area.

Forrest H. Dutlinger Natural Area

This 1,521-acre tract is surrounded by the Hammersley Wild Area in northern Clinton County. Its main feature is a 158-acre stand of old growth timber, but it is also an important reptile and amphibian protection area.

Forrest H. Dutlinger Natural Area Fact Sheet (PDF)