In the South Mountain area of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties lies the 85,500 acre Michaux State Forest.
Considered Pennsylvania’s “cradle of forestry,” Michaux is the site of the first forestry school, Mont Alto. The forest is named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who discovered and named many plants during the 18th century.
Michaux State Forest offers opportunities for a variety of recreational activities for every season, including:
- Hunting during established seasons
- Hiking, including 37 miles along the Appalachian Trail
- Mountain biking along 37 miles of trails
- Horseback riding along 31 miles of trails
- ATV riding
- Picnicking at the Old Forge Picnic Area
- Cold-water fishing
- The Michaux Target Shooting Range
- Golfing at a scenic nine-hole golf course
Michaux State Forest is managed by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry for its long-term health and productivity, while conserving native wild plants. It is a “working forest” and provides many uses and values to local citizens. Leaving you with feelings of peace and serenity, the natural beauty of this forest will take your breath away.