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Chapman State Park- Chapman State Park lies adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands No. 29, and includes a 68-acre lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. This park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Oil Creek State Park- The site of the world's first commercial oil well, Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. Many sites can be seen while traveling the 9.5 mile paved bicycle trail through the scenic Oil Creek Gorge or on an excursion train.
Presque Isle State Park- Presque Isle is a recurving sand spit jutting into Lake Erie and has the only surf beach in the Commonwealth. Its geological and biological diversity and its historical significance will spark your interest. The location of the park on Lake Erie makes it a favorite spot for bird migration.
Pymatuning State Park- Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The large lake provides excellent fishing throughout the year. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the water and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold.

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Description - The Cornplanter State Forest is located in western Forest County and consists of 1,256 acres of the Cornplanter Forest District. The District is named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, a famous Indian Chief of the Seneca tribe, born in 1750 and died in 1836.

Four State Parks within the District are Chapman, Oil Creek, Presque Isle and Pymatuning. Part of the Allegheny National Forest, managed by the United States Forest Service, and the Allegheny, Tionesta, Woodcock and Union City Reservoirs managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers are within the District as well.

Points of interest on the State Forest are the Hunter Run Forest Demonstration Area and Lashure Trail. This is a combined interpretive area with about 1-1/2 miles of self-guided foot trails. It is heavily used by the surrounding schools for environmental education. There are four and one-half miles of cross-country ski trails for the winter sport enthusiast.

Attractions - The Cornplanter State Forest is located in western Forest County and consists of 1,256 acres of the Cornplanter Forest District. The District is named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, a famous Indian Chief of the Seneca tribe, born in 1750 and died in 1836. He was instrumental in maintaining peace between the new American government and the League of the Iroquois between 1784 and 1812.

Four State Parks within the District are Chapman, Oil Creek, Presque Isle and Pymatuning. Part of the Allegheny National Forest, managed by the United States Forest Service, and the Allegheny, Tionesta, Woodcock and Union City Reservoirs managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers are within the District as well.

A 64-acre Woodcock management area has been established. This stream bottom area is being intensively managed for Woodcock, however, many species of upland birds and mammals also benefit.

The State Forest is only 10 miles from Colonel Edwin Drake's first oil well discovery in 1859. Abundant evidence of past oil exploration activities can be found, and new wells are still being drilled. The Commonwealth does not own the oil, gas or minerals under these State Forest Lands, however, cooperative efforts with the mineral operators has kept surface disturbance to a minimum.

Recreation - Points of interest on the State Forest are the Hunter Run Forest Demonstration Area and Lashure Trail. This is a combined interpretive area with about 1-1/2 miles of self-guided foot trails. It is heavily used by the surrounding schools for environmental education. There are four and one-half miles of cross-country ski trails for the winter sport enthusiast.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Cornplanter State Forest area generally has very cold winter months with temperatures averaging 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures average 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Location - The Cornplanter Forest District includes Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties in far northwest Pennsylvania. The District Office is located in Warren.


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Filed By: Too much fun! (Butler, PA)
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Report: The trails were in relatively decent shape, however, a lot of snow for hiking. We didn't have x-country ski's, but still chose to hike the x-country trail. Mistake #1. Still a lot of snow...easily able to go w/ ski's. Only problem during the hike (blue-long trail) was that we managed to get detoured off of Marfink and headed to the Allegheny. Saw no other people during the trip...trails were all marked well; follow the tiny squares b/c they seem to be more recent. Overall, great trip, but recommend either ski's or snow shoes until the weather warms a tad this week...enjoy!


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Contact Information:
Cornplanter State Forest, District Forest Office, 323 N. State Street , North Warren,, PA, 16365, Phone: 814-723-0262, Fax: 814-732-0270

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Chapman State Park - Chapman State Park lies adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands No. 29, and includes a 68-acre lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. This park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Lake Erie Area - The Lake Erie Area is located in Pennsylvania's northwest corner offering a great playground of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cultural, historical and natural wonders of this beautiful area attract thousands of visitors to the outdoors each year.
Oil Creek State Park - The site of the world's first commercial oil well, Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. Many sites can be seen while traveling the 9.5 mile paved bicycle trail through the scenic Oil Creek Gorge or on an excursion train.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Presque Isle State Park - Presque Isle is a recurving sand spit jutting into Lake Erie and has the only surf beach in the Commonwealth. Its geological and biological diversity and its historical significance will spark your interest. The location of the park on Lake Erie makes it a favorite spot for bird migration.
Pymatuning State Park - Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The large lake provides excellent fishing throughout the year. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the water and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold.

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Cornplanter State Forest - Official agency website

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