Forest Service roads on the Allegheny National Forest (NF) will be open for hunter access from September 29, 2012, through January 12, 2013. Note: ONLY main roads are open; side roads are closed to vehicle traffic. Roads may be closed at any time due to bad weather or poor or unsafe conditions.
According to Forest Supervisor Erin Connelly, "Each fall we open roads that are normally gated, offering hunters greater preseason scouting and hunting opportunities."
Forest Roads (FR) 678 (McKean Co.), 101, 101b, 101bb, 226 (Forest Co.), 113, 332a, 458 458a (Co.) be open for vehicle access for ONLYthose possessing a Disabled Persons Hunting Permit issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. However, any road that is open to the public may be hunted by persons possessing a Disabled Person Hunting Permit. Forest Road 113will CLOSE December 9, 2012,due to snowmobile and ATV trail use.
Forest Roads 130B,165, 247, 293, 404 and 404Bwill be open for Bear and General Deer Season from November 17 to December 8, 2012.
Forest Road 219 will not be open this year due to oil and gas activity in the area.
Current road policy for the Allegheny NF is found on the forest's Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Roads throughout the forest can be designated open year-round or open seasonally for motorized public traffic, or closed to motorized public traffic. Any open road is subject to closure at any time if the road's driving surface becomes rutted or resource damage occurs, or has the potential to occur from intensive use or changing weather conditions.
Non-motorized use including hiking, biking, and horseback riding is always permitted on closed roads. ATV use is not permitted on any forest roads that are not part of the ATV trail system. Roads traditionally open on a year-round basis will remain open for hunting seasons.