North Country Trail (Allegheny National Forest Section)
ElevationAscent: 12,224' 3,726 m
Descent: -11,985' -3,653 m
High: 2,122' 647 m
Low: 1,156' 353 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“Allegheny National Forest section of the North Country Trail.”— Kevin Ketchman
The forest is dominated by tall, straight Cherry trees. Keep your packs off the ground if camping; this is bear country. For 100 miles, the NCNST travels through the ANF before entering into the hemlock canopy of Cooks Forest State Park area leading the hiker to the Clarion River. From the banks of the Clarion River, the trail continues out of state lands and into private lands of the Toby Creek watershed.
A trailhead with a parking area is located along PA 346 west of the City of Bradford. From this northern point, situated along the New York-Pennsylvania state border, near the Willow Bay Recreation Area, the North Country Trail winds south to Tionesta Scenic Area. The trail then heads southeast to Nanson and southwest through Seldom Seen Corners to the ANF Boundary near Muzette.
This is perfect for backpacking and the northern section from Rt. 321 to the Red Bridge Recreational Area is approximately 29 miles, so allow 2-3 days. The difficulty level is moderate to difficult.
Land Manager: USFS - Allegheny National Forest Office