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Quehanna Wild Area became Pennsylvania's first large forest area (48,186 acres) devoted to the pursuit of peace and solitude. Once this area was an industrial research complex with restricted public access, now the public use is encouraged, while buildings, new public roads, mineral development and rights-of-way are restricted. In the early 1990s, the elk herd expanded it range to include the 23,000 acres of Quehanna in the Elk State Forest.

Areas of unique values that are maintained in a "natural condition," without the usual human intervention, are designated as Natural Areas. The Natural areas found on the Elk State Forest are:

Johnson Run Natural Area - 216 acres with old growth hemlock-hardwood.
Lower Jerry Run Natural Area - 892 acres with old growth pine-hemlock.
Pine Tree Trail Natural Area - 276 acres with old field growth white pine.
Bucktail State Park Natural Area - 16,433 acres; a scenic drive
Wykoff Run Natural Area - 1,215 acres of hydric hemlock and white birch

The Lower Jerry and Wykoff Natural Areas are further designated as special protection areas for all amphibians and reptiles - e.g. even rattlesnakes should not be disturbed, in those areas.

Bucktail State Park
The Bucktail State Park Natural Area is a 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium to Lock Haven that involves 16,433 acres in the Elk and Sproul State Forests. All state-owned land, visible from PA Route 120 (rim to rim along the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek), was legislated "State Park" status in 1933, at a time when the Department of Forests and Waters did not have a state Parks System.


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