Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 193,424 acres in Snyder County, Union County, Centre County, Mifflin County, and Clinton County.
It spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles pristine mountain streams and numerous tracts of old growth forest.
Bald Eagle forest district lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the state. From the limestone-rich Susquehanna Valley in the southeast to the Allegheny Mountains in the northwest, the forest district is dominated by a series of sandstone ridges some of which reach heights of 2,300 feet above sea level.
The confluence of the west and north branches of the Susquehanna River occurs on the eastern boundary of the district, opposite the town of Northumberland.
The many streams within the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the Susquehanna River.
Public watersheds comprise over one-third of the Bald Eagle State Forest, making the wise management of this land essential.
We like to rent a boat when we come here and swim and watch the Eagles. One of the top parks I’ve ever been to.
Place is amazing. Nice sites, lake, wildlife, close roads to bike! Cannot ask for more!
Our first experience was spectacular- we had a site set back from the road surrounded by mountain laurel and ferns. The second site we tried was a tad too close to the road, hence the 4-stars. If you’re looking to escape the noise and crowds of state parks in PA the state forests are the way to go! Research is required: not all sites are suitable for camper trailers and each state forest in PA is different- be prepared with the appropriate questions when you call to reserve sites. All sites are “rustic”- no pit toilets or hookups. We love it!