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Weiser State Forest Advisories

Roaring Creek Trail Fall Drive-Through

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, Weiser State Forest will provide the public with a unique opportunity to drive on the Roaring Creek Trail through Weiser State Forest, Roaring Creek Tract. 

The drive-through will begin at 9:00 A.M., starting at the Route 42 parking lot gate. The gate will remain open until 2:00 P.M.

Traffic will be restricted to one-way travel on the eight-mile Roaring Creek Trail, and will exit at the Route 54 parking lot gate. All vehicles must exit the Roaring Creek Trail by 3:00 P.M.

Only passenger vehicles (cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, passenger vans, motorcycles) will be permitted to enter. 

Vehicles towing trailers/campers, buses, motor homes, and other large vehicles will not be permitted. or more information, please contact the Weiser State Forest district office at 570-875-6450.

Greenland Road Closure

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, a road project entailing drainage and new surface installation was begun, necessitating daytime closures. Project completion is estimated at several weeks. Visitors to this area should use caution as they may encounter heavy truck traffic.

Second Mountain Tract Access Update

 September 20, 2019: Despite ongoing efforts to resolve a right-of-way access issue, entry to the Second Mountain tract via Weaver Road is not permitted.  The bureau intends to continue advocating for public access to the tract.  Please check back for updates.

Second Mountain Access for DMAP (Unit 302)Permit Holders

September 20, 2019: Despite ongoing efforts to resolve a right-of-way access issue, entry to the Second Mountain tract via Weaver Road is not permitted.  Recipients of DMAP tags for DMAP Unit 302 were mailed instructions on how to receive a refund for their DMAP tag.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  If you have questions about the refund, please contact the PA Game Commission licensing office at 717-787-2084.

Roaring Creek Tract Waterline Replacement Project

On Monday, June 24, 2019, Aqua Pennsylvania started construction on a waterline replacement project. The waterline connecting the pump house at Kline’s Reservoir to the water holding tank in Aristes will be replaced in two phases.

Construction activities will necessitate heavy truck and equipment traffic along Roaring Creek Trail, Pump House Trail, and Black Road Trail. Pump House Trail will be temporarily closed during construction.

Timber Harvesting

Monday, June 24, 2019: Please be aware of active timber harvesting operations on the northern end of the Haldeman Tract between White Oak Road and Iron Mine Trail. Iron Mine Trail will be closed during active logging hours, Mondays through Fridays.

Bridge Replacement Project-Roaring Creek Tract

Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Work has begun to replace the Blue Bridge on McWilliams Trail over South Branch Roaring Creek. To view the affected area, please see the Blue Bridge Replacement Map (PDF). The completed bridge will be a single-span steel girder with a concrete deck. Work is expected to be completed in mid-October.

Weaver Road Closure

Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Weaver Road, which accesses the Second Mountain Tract, will be closed indefinitely due to right-of-way concerns. Bureau of Forestry staff continue to work to resolve the issue. 

Port Clinton Tract Timber Harvest

On Monday, July 23, 2018, logging crews began harvesting timber on an approved timber sale on the Port Clinton Tract of Weiser State Forest. Harvesting operations are expected to last approximately one year.

Natalie Culm Bank Project

Please be advised that active road construction and stump removal is now underway on and along Culm Bank Road. All trails intersecting with Culm Bank Road also will be closed due to the construction and for public safety. Not all closed trails are marked on the map, so please be aware and alert to postings within the state forest tract.

Map of Natalie Culm Bank Project (PDF)

The project will include completion of a new parking area and trail head for forest visitors to access the trails on the state forest land in the Natalie area. If you have any questions please contact the Weiser State Forest district office at 570-875-6450.

General Advisories

Most of the Weiser State Forest tracts are located on ridges and valleys. Access can be challenging and difficult to many of the parcels. Visitors should be physically prepared and properly dressed when planning a trip to these areas. A number of the tracts are accessible by foot travel only.

Several of our tracts contain roads maintained for public access. Visitors should use caution because many of our roads are on steep hillsides making them susceptible to rough conditions and unsuitable for low clearance vehicles. Roads do become icy because they do not receive winter maintenance.

The Weiser State Forest-Roaring Creek Tract in southern Columbia and Northumberland Counties is a special regulated area because of restrictions placed on the deed at the time of purchase. Visitors should familiarize themselves with these special rules posted at the entrances to the parcel.

The Port Clinton Tract, located in Southern Schuylkill County, is considered a protected area for timber rattlesnakes. The taking of rattlesnakes is prohibited on this tract, including individuals holding a valid rattlesnake permit.

The district has oversight of those river islands within the district where DCNR holds title along the North, West, and main stems of the Susquehanna River. State forest rules and regulations apply on these lands. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply for fishing and boating.

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.