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About Bald Eagle State Forest

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.

Reservation Info
Backpack campers are permitted to camp in the forest without a permit if staying no more than one night in any location. Backpack camping does not allow for access to motorized vehicles during overnight stays. A permit is required if the backpacker desires an emergency point-of-contact or if a campfire is requested during the annual spring wildfire season. Motorized campsites may be reserved up to 90 days in advance. Site check-in begins at 12:00 P.M., and the permit holder must occupy the campsite listed on the permit within 24 hours of the booked arrival date. Check-out is no later than 12:00 P.M. on the end date. No more than two camping permits will be issued at any one time and no permits will be issued until those issued expire. A permit will not be valid for more than seven consecutive nights. Any individuals or groups who have received permits which total a sum of 30 days in a calendar year will not be issued more for that calendar year. A camping permit will not be issued to anyone under the age of 18.
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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
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Max Length: 30 ft.
Bald Eagle State Forest is located in Pennsylvania
40.7983 N
-77.39 W
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3 Reviews of Bald Eagle State Forest

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!

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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!