Hector’s Run Falls is located in the Allegheny National Forest, between Route 6 in Ludlow and Route 948 in Barnes. The best access is via Route 6.
WARNING: There are steep cliffs at the falls, and cell phone service drops off about half-way into the hike. Wear footwear with good tread, and be careful when hiking near the edge.

From Sheffield, take Route 6 to Ludlow.
Turn right onto South Hillside Drive, just as you come into Ludlow.
Turn left onto Water Street.
Turn right onto Scenic Drive.
After about a mile, you will turn right onto Forestry Road 258.
In 2.1 miles, you will reach Forestry Road 258H, on your left, which is gated off. There is a small parking area beside the gate.

This is where your hike begins. Hector’s Run Falls are approximately 1 mile from the gate.
Follow 258H to the fork in the road and take the left fork (downhill.) You will come to a small meadow, with a light blue National Fuel well-head. The trail turns to the right, as you’re facing the well-head.
Continue to follow the trail for another 200 yards, or so, and you will arrive at the top of the falls.

Please note that this was our first trip to the falls, and we did not take the left fork of the road, and ended up coming through the forest, following the sound of the water. So, the video begins as we arrive at the side of the falls. The falls usually only have water running over them after a recent rain. Be sure to plan your hike accordingly.

A Season on the Allegheny by Robert T. Hilliard is making it in New York… and across the rest of the country too!

A Season on the Allegheny, the insightful and hilarious book about hunting, history, culture, and conservation on Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest, is not just for Pennsylvanians anymore. Readers all over the US – as well as in Great Britain and Germany – are now enjoying the book that Amazon reviewers rate five stars (click here to read reviews).

A Season on the Allegheny has been a Top 10 Best Seller in the Hunting and Conservation categories in the Kindle Store and currently ranks in the top 10% of all books sold on Amazon.

Order your copy today at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com, or ask for a copy at a bookstore near you.

Why are so many people giving A Season on the Allegheny a try?
Here are a few comments from satisfied readers:
“Mixed history, culture, land and wildlife with a personal introspection and humor”
“I find myself thinking of hunting and conservation in a different way”
“Hated for the book to come to an end”
“Reminds us that the journey is the important part of the outdoors”
“I loved A Season on the Allegheny”

So whether you’re in New York or North Dakota, if you love the outdoors and
want to enjoy the book that’s at the head of the list and top of the heap, don’t wait.
Order your copy of A Season on the Allegheny today!

Mark your calendars and set your DVR’s! Grampa Dave of Allegheny Outfitters will be making his television debut on “Finding Bigfoot” this Sunday, March 3, at 10 PM on Animal Planet! Just in case you miss it, we’ll be taping it and having a “Bigfoot Night” at Allegheny Outfitters in early April with Grampa Dave there to tell his tale!

From Animal Planet:

Bigfoot and the Redhead

The team travels to PA to meet with teenagers who may have filmed a bigfoot while riding go-karts. A packed town hall leads them to the Allegheny National Forest, where they deploy a unique search technique to try and elicit a response from a bigfoot.

The cast of “Finding Bigfoot” includes:
Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland.

The new book “A Season on the Allegheny” by Warren County author Robert Hilliard is now in print and a book signing event will be held at the Forest County Visitor Center on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.

This is a rollicking account of a year spent hunting on the Allegheny National Forest.  Hilliard tracks down more than deer, turkey and grouse – he captures the forest’s magnificent past and finds the people who are still making history on the Allegheny today.  He also pursues the many controversies that swirl around Pennsylvania’s only National Forest, including anti-logging and anti-drilling protests, Wilderness designations and eco-terrorism.

In addition, “A Season on the Allegheny” uncovers the quiet but powerful impact of hunter-based conservation groups.  It demonstrates that from habitat improvements to legal aid, these grups have spent countless hours and dollars making the Allegheny National Forest a better place for both animals and people.

This book is for anyone who loves hunting, the Allegheny National Forest, or just entertaining books about the outdoors.

 Join the author at the Visitor Center, 422 Elm Street, Tionesta, PA 16353, to swap a few stories about the Allegheny National Forest, and purchase your own signed copy.

Rimrock Bash coming up Sunday, May 27 at Kinzua Beach

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Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, in partnership with the Council on Tourism is putting the final touches on what is shaping up to be the perfect way to kick off summer.  With more than double the number of vendors than last year and a variety of food and drink options, including a beer tent, you can plan for a fun day at Kinzua Beach with lots of activities for the entire family.

Starting at 10 a.m., registration is open for the Conservation District’s Quadrathlon as well as for Kinzua Cachers’ Geomeet. Newcomers are welcome to tag along with experienced geocachers and learn about this exciting sport that is taking the outdoor tourism industry by storm.   At 11 a.m. the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bicycling Association will lead a ride on Morrisson Trail. Riders will meet at the trail head on Route 59, a couple miles east of Kinzua  Beach.  Be sure to wear a helmet and appropriate footwear and clothing.  Back at Kinzua Beach, at 12:30 and again at 2 p.m. stop by the Allegheny Cyclery booth for a Flat Tire Repair Clinic.  Starting at 10:30 a.m. free shuttle service up to Rimrock Overlook begins, with runs every 30 minutes, courtesy of TAWC bus.  Also at 10:30 a.m., at the Wellness Tent, meet Nadine Luvison Westover for “Storytime Yoga,” a parent/child activity for ages 2-12; followed by a “Kidding around in the outdoors” yoga class for kids age 6 and up.  Then, at 2 p.m “Elements of Yoga,” a demo class for teens and adults…breathe and be connected to the earth!    At 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Integrity Martial Arts will offer free demonstrations at the COT trailer.   Right after the 11 a.m. demo, and then again at 2:30 p.m., at the COT trailer, Rich Schuler brings back his drumming circle workshop (a huge hit last year!)   At 1:00 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. enjoy the tropical sounds of the Sheffield Steel Drums band. Kids can have fun with Bubblegum DJ Loomis at 12:30 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. and, last but certainly not least, the Seneca Nation will offer fun crafts and activities for children at their booth throughout the day.  In addition, they will have gifts and handicrafts for sale as well as corn husk soup and other specialty foods.  We welcome the Seneca Nation in their first year at the Rimrock Bash! 

Take the shuttle up Rimrock Overlook at 11 a.m. to meet Dr. Todd Ristau and Dr. Scott Stolenson, from the Forest Service Research Station, for a guided nature walk along the trail. Dr. Ristau specializes in plants and flowers and Dr. Stolenson specializes in birds. If you miss the 11 a.m. tour, you can catch it again at 2:00 p.m.  Also meeting at the shuttle stop at the Rimrock Overlook, Dana Harrington will offer Boulder Climbing demonstrations at 12:30 and again at 3:00 p.m.

At Noon, we will honor our heroes with the National Anthem, sung by Logan Beard at the COT Trailer.  And afterwards, down at the beach, do not miss Steve Skvarka from Kinzua Fly Fishing School offering a demonstration at 12:15 p.m., followed by a Water Rescue demonstration by Glade Volunteer Fire Department at 1 p.m.

Be sure to check out the new food court with a delicious selection of food vendors and the introduction of the Kinzua Beach Concession!   This year, we are introducing a beer tent as one of the many additions to the Bash.  And, to wrap up this fun-filled day, we welcome Egypt Hollow, a Warren band featuring the unique sound of this young and talented group of musicians, followed by the classic songbook of Temple Grey. 

For more information and details regarding event schedule and map, go to pennsylvaniakinzuapathways.com or visit us on facebook.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2nd Annual Rimrock Bash, coming up Sunday, May 27 at Kinzua Beach!

CLARENDON – The Upper Loop of the Chapman State Park campground will officially open for the 2012 camping season beginning Friday, May 18th.  The Lower Loop of the campground has been open since April 9th.  Select sites in the Lower Loop are now open to pets.  Camping Cottage #1 is open to dogs this season under a pilot program.  

Reservations can be made online and through the PA State Parks call center up to 11 months in advance, or at the park office the day of arrival.  Facilities available for reservations include campsites, camping cottages, yurts, organized group tenting area, pavilions and amphitheatre.

Chapman’s campground is a beautiful wooded site and consists of three camping cottages, two yurts and 82 campsites that vary from secluded tent only sites to 100 foot camping spurs with 50 amp electric hook-ups. 

To make a reservation or for more information on any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, contact the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation System at 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or visit us online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.  Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

With the summer season approaching, your local State Parks are gearing up for another great season of fun.  Chapman State Park’s swimming beach will officially open to the public Saturday May 26 at 8:00 a.m.  A beach sand replenishment project, completed this spring, has increased the volume and quality of sand at the beach.  Swimming hours are8 a.m.to sunset.  In addition to the beach opening, our concessionaire, BEI, will be opening the same day.  The concession provides canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent as well as food, snacks and firewood for sale.  Contact BEI or the park office for concession hours.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723-0250.

Volunteer to make a difference while you enjoy the beautiful Allegheny River. We clean-up 35 miles of the Allegheny River, Conewango Creek, and Brokenstraw Creek over a five day span. Volunteers take out canoes in search of trash, while the jet boats help take the large loads to the boat launches. The last day we end it with a BBQ party and camping at Buckaloons Campgrounds.

For more information, and to volunteer, go to: www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com

Allegheny River Clean-up Poster

 

Friday, May 25, 2012
6:00-7:30 PM – “STREAM STOMP” – Investigate the stream by Penny Run Trail and look for fish, salamanders, crayfish and other aquatic creatures. Be prepared to get your feet Wet! Meet at Parking Lot # 1
9:00 – 10:30 PM – “WELCOME CAMPFIRE” – Gather around a comfortable campfire and let us welcome you to Chapman State Park. Learn about wildlife, listen to campfire stories and share your own favorites, and enjoy roasted marshmallows. Meet at Camp Host Site

Saturday, May 26, 2012
3:00 – 4:30 PM – “ANIMAL TRACKS” – Have you ever found an animal track you wished you could identify? Join the Naturalist to identify them and make a track craft to take home. Meet at Beach Concession Stand
8:00- 9:30 PM – “MOVIE NIGHT – SEASON OF THE BEAR” – Enjoy Volume 1 as you watch black bears up close and personal! Amphitheater

Sunday, May 27, 2012
10:00 AM – CHAPEL SERVICE – NON-DENOMINATIONAL  Amphitheater (Pavilion 4 in case of rain)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – “CANOE CHAPMAN”- Come to the Mooring Area by the Warming Hut for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a canoe tour on the lake and the creek. Kayaks will also be available to try. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as canoes and kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Saturday, 5/26. Mooring Area
3:00 – 4:30 PM – “ECO-SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION” – Are you up for the challenge? Come out to the beach to learn about ecosystems and enter a nature-themed sculpture into the contest. Small prizes and certificates will be awarded to winners. Please bring your own sand equipment. Beach

Monday, May 28, 2012
All Day – “FISH FOR FREE DAY” – No license needed. All other regulations apply. Lake only
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – “FAMILY FISHING” – Join the Park Naturalist for a day of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. Pavilion #1
3:00 – 4:30 PM – “FISH PRINTS” – Learn about the ancient Chinese art of fish printing and then make your own. Beach Concession Stand

CONCESSION STAND (boat rentals/snacks/ice/firewood, etc.)
Friday – 1 pm to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am-7pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday(closed Tuesdays) – 12 noon-6 pm
Use your camping receipt to receive a 10% discount on boat and bike rental.

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CLARENDON – The Chapman State Park campground will officially open for the 2012 camping season beginning Monday, April 9 to accommodate trout fishermen. The April 9 opening includes all campsites in the lower loop, camping cottages and yurts. Select sites in the lower loop are now open to pets. Camping Cottage #1 will be open to dogs this season under a pilot program. Upper loop campsites will open May 18, 2012.

Reservations can be made online and through the PA State Parks call center up to 11 months in advance, or at the park office the day of arrival. Facilities available for reservations include campsites, camping cottages, yurts, organized group tenting area, pavilions and amphitheatre.

Chapman’s campground is a beautiful wooded site and consists of three camping cottages, two yurts and 82 campsites that vary from secluded tent only sites to 100 foot camping spurs with 50 amp electric hook-ups. To make a reservation or for more information on any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, contact the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation System at 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or visit us online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.


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“They belong to you and me. The National Forests – all 191 million acres of them – exist for the hunter and the hiker, the forester and the family, the timber cutter and the tree hugger. They’re ours. Remember that.”
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The exciting book A Season on the Allegheny, by western Pennsylvania author Robert Hilliard, is now available for download as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. If you have a Kindle, just go to the Kindle Store and download A Season on the Allegheny right to your device.  If you don’t, click on the cover image below to preview and download A Season on the Allegheny for your iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac right now.    

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For just $4.99 (free for Kindle Prime members) you can enjoy A Season on the Allegheny, a rollicking account of a year spent hunting on the Allegheny National Forest.  Hilliard tracks down more than deer, turkey, and grouse – he captures the forest’s magnificent past and finds the people who are still making history on the Allegheny today.  He also pursues the many controversies that swirl around Pennsylvania’s only National Forest, including anti-logging and anti-drilling protests, Wilderness designations, and ecoterrorism.
In addition, A Season on the Allegheny uncovers the quiet but powerful impact of hunter-based conservation groups.  It demonstrates that from habitat improvements to legal aid, groups such as the Ruffed Grouse Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Pheasants Forever have spent countless hours and dollars making the Allegheny National Forest a better place for both animals and people.    

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A Season on the Allegheny today.
About the Author: Rob Hilliard has written on sports, history, and the outdoors for nearly two decades. Formerly a contributing editor with Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine, where he created the popular column, “In the Public Domain,” Rob has also written numerous feature articles for magazines such as Upland Almanac, Pennsylvania Wildlife, Pittsburgh History Magazine, ESPN Outdoors, Ohio Game and Fish, and Pennsylvania Game and Fish. He was also a contributing author for the 2000 book Rivers of Destiny.

Nathan Welker, a Fisheries Biologist with the Allegheny National Forest has suggested bringing Mike Rowe and the “Dirty Jobs” crew to to 2012 Allegheny River Cleanup.

We think this is a great idea that would give Warren County some much-needed exposure, as well as shed some light on what a valuable resource we have here.

Below is Nathan Welker’s post from the Dirty Jobs Message Board. Be sure to add your own message to Mike and the “Dirty Jobs” crew, as well as share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

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We would like to invite Mike and the DIRTY JOBS crew to join us for the 2012 Allegheny River Cleanup. The 87-mile federally designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny River flows south from the US Army Corps Kinzua Dam through the Allegheny National Forest towards Pittsburgh, PA.

This years fourth annual event will be September 8-15, 2012.

In previous years we’ve used:

• SCUBA to dive for old tires and large trash items,
• FIRE TRUCKS to blast shopping carts out of the mud,
• CUTTING TORCHES and CHOP SAWS hauled by jet boats to cut up large items and remove them from remote locations,
• JET BOATS and CANOES to haul tons of filthy wet trash to boat launches, and
• DUMP TRUCKS and ROLL OFF DUMPSTERS to haul away the trash.

Each year hundreds of volunteers spend five days wading around in the mud and water to collect trash from our beautiful Wild & Scenic Allegheny River. Once the trash is collected it is then sorted for recycling by a small army of volunteers.

The 2011 cleanup yielded over 50 cubic yards of trash, plus 12,600 pounds of metal, and 237 tires. In addition, dozens of garbage bags full of glass, plastic, and aluminum were also recycled.

Items of interest included:

• 8-ft snowplow (approx. 600 lb)
• 1800’s barge anchor
• Metal staircase
• 4-ft x 10-ft wooden dock
• Dam WARNING high water sign
• Antique 4-leg washing machine
• 14-ft rubber kayak
• Swing set frame
• (2) bowling lane bench seats
• Push mowers (multiple)
• Shopping carts (multiple)
• Mattress springs (multiple)
• Wooden picnic tables (several)
• (2) 8-ft railroad ties
• (2) Cast-iron oil well pump jacks
• (2) 12-ft oil sorbent booms
• High voltage transformer unit
• Guttering and downspout unit
• 12-ft barn door track
• Commercial garbage can cover
• Municipal steel garbage can
• Televisions (multiple)
• Refrigerators (multiple)
• Kitchen sinks (multiple)
• Toilets (multiple and varied)
• Ice maker
• Water heater
• 55-gallon drums, plastic & steel (multiple)
• Antique brass fire extinguisher
• Highway sign
• Orange/white striped construction barrel
• Gas grill
• Wooden porch swing
• Dishwasher
• Vacuum cleaner
• Emerald ash borer beetle trap
• Rear tires/axle of riding mower
• Manual typewriter
• Carpets (multiple)
• Motorcycle helmet
• Trolling motor
• Cell phones
• Kid’s big wheel bikes, balls, and toys (multiple)
• ………… and the list goes on and on!!

To call the previous three Cleanups a success would be an understatement. The community’s support and enthusiasm has simply been amazing!!

Last year we had over 70 agencies/organizations that came together in support of the event. A total of 403 volunteers donated 3,224 hours while removing trash from 31 miles of the Allegheny River, 18 miles of Conewango Creek, and 5 miles of Brokenstraw Creek.

Partner organizations included:

• Allegheny Outfitters / Indian Waters Canoe & Kayak
• Boy Scouts of America
• Conewango Creek Watershed Association
• Conewango Kayak & Canoe
• DCNR Bureau of Forestry
• Experience, Inc.
• Friends of Allegheny Wilderness
• North Warren Volunteer Fire Department
• Kinzua Fish & Wildlife Association
• Northwest Savings Bank
• Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
• Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways
• PNC Bank
• Tim Horton’s
• Trout Unlimited
• US Army Corps of Engineers
• US Forest Service
• Walmart
• Warren County Adult Probation & Parole
• Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry
• Warren County Conservation District
• Whirley DrinkWorks!
• Young Professionals of Warren County

….. and many ….. many more.

This annual event is a wonderful ‘Community Conservation Event’ that is sure to leave Mike and the Crew smiling, filthy, and wet. This is a TRUE dirty job. You want disgusting, we’ve got it. You’d be amazed at the things we pull out of the river.

If DIRTY JOBS would be kind enough to join us we can GUARANTEE they’ll have a great time ….. and ….. a wonderfully entertaining segment for the show.

Each year we end the weeklong event by having a “River Riot” celebration. This year’s shindig will take place the evening of Saturday, September 15, following the days cleanup activities.

Participants and their families are treated to free chicken barbeque, free adult and NA beverages, an excellent local band playing music from the 60’s and 70’s, and free camping in a US Forest Service campground for anyone who’d like to ‘sleep off their dinner’.

Planning for the 2012 Allegheny River Cleanup has already begun. The planning committee welcomes new volunteers and ideas. To get involved in the planning of the 2012 Allegheny River Cleanup, visit www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com and use the contact form to reach the organizers.

Please check us out and www.AlleghenyRiverCleanup.com and feel free to contact me with any comments or questions that you might have.

Thank you,

Nathan J. Welker
Fisheries Biologist / Administrator

Allegheny National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
4 Farm Colony Drive
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365
nwelker@fs.fed.us
(814) 728-6163
Fax: (814) 726-1465