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About Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Allegheny National Forest

Overview:

Twin Lakes Campground is located near a small, spring-fed, trout-stocked lake, popular with families. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and exploring local trails, including the Twin Lakes Trail.

Natural Features:

The Twin Lakes area is forested with a mixture of hardwoods. Many natural streams and creeks meander through the landscape within the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny is the state's only national forest. It covers nearly half a million acres and is populated primarily with black cherry, maple and other hardwoods.

Recreation:

Campers love Twin Lakes for its swimming beaches and lakeside fishing piers. Mill Creek offers native trout fishing, and can be accessed along the Mill Creek Trail.

Hiking and backpacking are available along area trails. The Black Cherry National Recreation Interpretative Trail features nearly 40 interpretive displays along its path, and forms the eastern end of the Twin Lakes Trail, the second longest in the forest.

Facilities:

Twin Lakes Campground offers a variety of sites, from group picnic and overnight sites to family sites with and without electric hookups. Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

NOTE:

This recreation area was set to close in fall 2017, permanently, until a local group of volunteers came together and formed the 501(c)3 nonprofit named "Friends of Twin Lakes ANF." As of 2018, visitors may encounter closed campgrounds, camping by work and stay only, no water, restrooms, or dump stations, day-use only, or walk in only.

For further information or to get involved, email the conservation team at friendsoftwinlakesanf@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsoftwinlakesanf

Sites
55
Fee Info
This 48-site campground includes family campsites (some include electric hookups), 2 double campsites and 1 group tent campsites, for groups up to 50, with pavilions. Other facilities include both flush and vault toilets, hot water showers, both pressurized and pump water systems, trailer dump stations, paved paths and roadways and playgrounds. The day use area includes a swimming beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, pavilion, playground, walking trail around the lake and fishing piers. The campground was once the site of a chemical factory, and the lake was built as a "splash dam" to raise water levels in a plant downstream.
Price
$5.00 - $50.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Allegheny National Forest is located in Pennsylvania
Latitude
41.6122 N
Longitude
-78.7608 W
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Directions
The PA DOT has issued a detour for camping rigs over 5 tons for Wilson Run Bridge on Township Road providing access from Highway 321 to Twin Lakes. The alternate route is Forest Road 191 heading west from the campground. Northwest PA on State Route 321 about 8 miles south of Kane, PA. From State Route 321 at large campground sign, turn onto Forest Road 191. Go 2 miles on Forest Road 191 to the campground. Railroad underpass on entrance road restricts vehicle height to less than 10 feet.
1 Review of Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Allegheny National Forest
First to Review
Quiet, Wooded Campground at Backpacking Trailheads

Twin Lakes is a beautiful spot, tucked away in a stream valley in the Allegheny National Forest. It's mainly locals who come here, since few outsiders know about it. If you come in the spring or fall, you're likely to have the whole recreation area to yourself, though the swimming beach can get crowded in summer. Originally, there were supposed to be two small lakes--more like ponds--on this site. But money for the second pond was redirected elsewhere--to construct the swimming area at the Lolita Campground instead. And so, the little body of water called "Twin Lake" sits solitary and with a misleading name. The campground is quiet and pleasant, with large, sunny sites for trailers in the lower loop and shaded tent sites in the upper loop. Unfortunately, nearby gas drilling has made the drinking water unsafe, and so the National Forest Service first closed the upper loop, and now for the 2018 "camping year" it has closed the entire campground. The ANF website promises that this is temporary, and the campground will reopen. In every way, Twin Lakes is a lovely location, with dark, towering hemlock trees, rustic old CCC architecture, and a serene little lake completely encircled by a walking trail. Black bears have long been habituated to humans at Twin Lakes! Keep your food and toiletries in the car. To my knowledge, no one has ever been attacked by a bear here. The wild and overrun Twin Lakes Trail is a linear backpacking route that starts here and heads westward toward the North Country National Scenic Trail. But unfortunately, the Twin Lakes Trail ends up getting lost in those dismal parts of the forest that have been completely trashed by gas drillers. I hope this campground reopens. I have fond memories of bringing my kids here when they were little, flying kites, picking berries, swimming in the frigid spring water! PS: If you've got a tall trailer, be sure to check the Twin Lakes page on the ANF website; there's a way in, but it's not all that easy to find.