Natural & Wild Areas
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
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.