Pinchot State Forest

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Named for environmentalist and the first head of the United States Forest Service - Gifford Pinchot – Pinchot State Forest encompasses a whopping 50,000 acres of forested protected lands and mountainous terrain. Pinchot spans over five Pennsylvania counties: Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna, and Wayne. Here, you can find the meeting of the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers. Being as large as it is, there are endless ways to explore and engage with nature in Pinchot State Forest.


Some of the most popular activities within the sprawling forest are hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing. Fishing enthusiasts have no shortage of choices for trout fishing, with Moon Lake, Harvey’s Creek, Ceasetown Reservoir, and Blue Ridge / Lehigh Tract all housed within the forest. Those looking for a bit of a challenge can visit Choke Creek at the southern boundary of the Thornhurst tract to attempt catching the slippery brook trout.


There are miles and miles of hiking and bicycling trails, including the 26 mile long Pinchot trail, where new hikers and experienced backpackers alike can explore confidently. There are also 39 miles of shared-use trails where horseback riders are welcome, and a 24 mile snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trail. Pinchot State Forest offers plenty to nature lovers throughout all four seasons. Below is a shot of Pinchot in Thornhurst during peak leaf-peeping season.


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