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Applications are now being accepted for a state grant program that promotes the rehabilitation and new development of parks and recreation facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has scheduled workshops and is now accepting applications from municipalities and non-profit organizations for grants under the 2014 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). Applications will be accepted through April 16, 2014.

“I strongly encourage eligible applicants to apply for this funding as a way to improve and preserve our parks and recreational areas,” Scarnati said.

The C2P2 program provides financial and technical assistance for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. The program also seeks applications that implement Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and DCNR’s strategic plan. Funding includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and federal funding sources.

“The C2P2 grant program provides the opportunity for significant investments in local projects through building on the natural and recreational resources we have in the region,” Scarnati stated. “Our community has seen the benefits of this program in the past and I would encourage municipalities and organizations throughout our region to consider applying this year.”

Pre-application workshops and webinars will be held across the state in February to assist applicants with submitting proposals. Applicants can sign up on DCNR’s website at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Scarnati noted that over the past 20 years the C2P2 program has funded more than 4,000 projects that have helped plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, trails, and conserved critical conservation areas and watersheds; supported education and training on conservation and recreation topics; and built conservation, heritage, and recreation partnerships.

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Applications are now being accepted for a state grant program that promotes the rehabilitation and new development of parks and recreation facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has scheduled workshops and is now accepting applications from municipalities and non-profit organizations for grants under the 2013 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).

“The C2P2 grant program provides the opportunity for significant investments in local projects through building on the natural and recreational resources we have in the region,” Scarnati said. “Our community has seen the benefits of this program in the past and I would encourage municipalities and organizations throughout our region to consider applying this year.”

In 2013 the DCNR will target grants for projects that promote the local recreation and conservation priorities listed in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Information on the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is available at www.paoutdoorrecplan.com. The application period for C2P2 is open until April 10, 2013. Grant applications are available at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.

The DCNR has scheduled a series of grant workshops for local officials and recreation associations beginning in February. Information on workshops may be found at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar.

 

Six local organizations and municipalities have been awarded more than $1.03 million in state grants to make improvements to park and recreation facilities, promote snowmobile and other trail systems, and protect greenways, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The grants were provided through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP). The CCPP program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other non-profits, for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

“These state investments in local projects will help to improve the quality of life for area residents and build on the many recreational and natural resources we have in the region,” Scarnati said. “I am very pleased that CCPP has recognized the importance of these projects within our community.”

Projects in the 25th district that received grants include:

Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association — $35,000 to further develop a statewide navigational signage project by expanding the installation of signs at snowmobile trail intersections in the northeastern counties between Tioga and Pike counties.

Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corporation — $100,000 to provide technical assistance to communities along Route 6 to implement their heritage work plans, coordinate the Route 6 Artisan Trail for 2013 and identify and promote trail systems that can connect to Route 6.

Tri County Snow Blazers, Warren County — $160,000 for the purchase of a snow groomer and drag for the maintenance of 20 miles of snowmobile trails in Crawford, Erie and Warren counties.

Dubois City, Clearfield County – $200,000 for the rehabilitation of Showers Field, to include construction of a baseball field, parking area, pedestrian walkways, installation of side line fencing, backstop, landscaping and other site improvements.

Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, Clearfield County — $500,000 for the rehabilitation of Clearfield Community Pool, to include reconstruction of the main pool, wading pool, and bathhouse, construction of a splash pad, and installation of a water slide, perimeter fencing, filtration and recirculation systems.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Elk County — $41,000 to pay for the acquisition of approximately 24 acres located along Route 555, Benezette Township, for recreation and stream protection.

 

This is not so much a “hike”, as an exploration. A ridge, several hundred yards long, made of giant glacial rocks, with numerous cracks, crevices, and caves. Perfect for careful exploration. This rock formation is located on Forestry Road 179, near Sheffield. Watch the video for a preview of this area. The last few minutes of the video is a walk through a natural tunnel in the rocks.

DANGER: There are steep cliffs!!! A fall from one of these rocks would cause severe injuries and possibly death! The caves/ crevices could be home to wild animals, from opossums to raccoons to foxes to bears. Most wild animals are dangerous when cornered.


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Bent Run is a small stream that descends between Forest Road 160 and Route 59, above the Kinzua Dam. Over the mile it descends, the water drops about 700 feet in a series of small cascades, ending in small pools. The largest waterfall is about 30 feet, when the stream is at capacity. A series of falls can be seen from the parking area. There is a rocky worn trail leading alongside the falls, up the hill. It is possible to travel from the base of the run all the way to the top, but climbing becomes difficult. Best viewing time is after a good rain or during the Spring thaw, when the stream is in its full glory. During drier times of the year, the flow is reduced to a trickle.

Note: Steep and rocky terrain – rocks become very slippery when wet. Trail becomes less distinct as you gain altitude.

Amenities:

  • Public restrooms at nearby Kinzua Dam 

To reach the trailhead from Warren, Pennsylvania:

  • Take Route 59 past the Kinzua Dam – Bent Run parking area is on the right, just a short distance past the Kinzua Dam

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This 11.1 mile trail is located approximately one half mile north of Hearts Content Recreation Area along SR2002 (the Hearts Content Road), 15 miles southwest of Warren, PA. the and forms a loop through the Hickory Creek Wilderness.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO HICKORY CREEK WILDERNESS TRAIL HIKERS
This trail is marked infrequently with faded yellow blazes. In keeping with Wilderness values, they will be allowed to fade further over time and will not be replaced. This may make the trail difficult to follow, especially when fallen leaves or snow make the established tread more difficult to see.

All trail maintenance is done to protect the Wilderness character of the area, not for the convenience of the visitors to this place. This means that obstructions on the trail will not be removed unless not doing so would cause irreversible environmental damage. This may make the trail even more difficult to follow. It is suggested that all hikers have and know how to use a map and compass or GPS device when hiking in Hickory Creek Wilderness.

The 11.1 mile Hickory Creek trail provides a unique opportunity for those who seek a Wilderness trail challenge not available elsewhere in this region of the country. If a Wilderness maintenance standard is not the type of hiking experience you seek, we encourage you to explore any of the nearly 200 miles of well-marked developed hiking trails available throughout the Allegheny National Forest.

Finding the trail: The new trailhead parking lot is located approximately one half mile north of Hearts Content Recreation Area along SR2002 (the Hearts Content Road), 15 miles southwest of Warren, PA. US 6 and Township Road T3005 meet in the middle of Warren at the Hickory Street Bridge. TR 3005 begins here, crossing the Allegheny River toward Warren General Hospital (bear left away from the hospital after you cross the bridge). Follow TR 3005 about 11 miles to its junction with a marked township road which leads to Hearts Content Recreation Area (four miles).

Hiking the trail: Watch the informational signs. This trail offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels as it traverses the rolling terrain within the Hickory Creek Wilderness. From Hearts Content Recreation Area, the trail heads westward along the top of the plateau between East Hickory and Middle Hickory Creeks. Once the trail reaches Jacks Run, it loops back eastward and climbs in and out of several small valleys along the way.

Fishing for small native brookies can be done in East and Middle Hickory Creeks. Enjoy the wildlife viewing as you hike. The vegetation found in the Hickory Creek Wilderness supports wildlife typically associated with older trees and decaying vegetation. Groves of hemlock may be found along the lower half of East Hickory Creek. Middle Hickory Creek flows through meadows studded with bogs and beaver ponds. Large white pine are scattered in open areas. The most significant evidence of human intrusion that still remains are several old railroad grades used in early logging efforts.

Camp overnight as you enjoy the Hickory Creek Wilderness, or make a long day trip through the wilderness.

Regulations: The trail currently blazed infrequently with yellow paint on tree blazes, but is in the process of being changed to unpainted tree blazes in order to be more compatible with a wilderness designation. Normal wilderness regulations apply, including no motorized vehicles or equipment use of any kind. Forest trail policy prohibits the use if a saddle, pack or draft animal on hiking trails.

Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail Map

Short video clip showing the trailhead


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This 10.5 kilometer (6.4 mile) trail utilizes old railroad grades, roads and existing trails to form several loops for your skiing pleasure. Of significance is the old growth forest of hemlock, beech and white pine in the Hearts Content National Scenic Area – enjoy the solitude and grandeur of these ancient trees.

Finding the area: The trailhead parking lot is located at the picnic area of the Hearts Content Recreation Area 15 miles southwest of Warren, PA. To reach Hearts Content Recreation Area, take the Warren to Tidioute road from Warren or Tidioute to the junction of the Hearts Content Road. Follow this road four miles to the Hearts Content Recreation Area. From Sheffield, take the Austin Hill (Bull Hill) Road to the Hearts Content Road. Total distance is approximately 15 miles.

Regulations: This trail is for hiking, skiing and mountain biking. Motorized vehicles, ATVs and snowmobiles, are not allowed on any of the trails. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of a saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking or cross county ski trails. If you are hunting in the area, please make sure you are outside the campground boundary. All dogs must be on leashes when using the trail.

Skiing the area: Watch the informational signs. This trail area offers challenges to the beginning skier. The more experienced skier will find these trails offer an easy afternoon. All three loops are rated as suitable for beginners.

The Hearts Content Loop offers a scenic tour through the grandiose old stands of beech, hemlock and white pine. Toms’ Run Loop offers a gradual rise in elevation as it climbs the plateau along Tom’s Run. At the headwaters of Tom’s Run, the trail crosses the plateau and joins with the Ironwood Loop. This loop offers another opportunity for beginning skiers to experience the Hearts Content Cross-Country Ski Area, park at Dunham Siding on the Hearts Content Road instead of parking at Hearts Content Recreation Area. The Ironwood Loop receives less use than the other two trails and for that reason offers a little more solitude.

Amenities:

  • Public restrooms
  • Picnic area
  • Campground
  • Running water (seasonally)

Hearts Content Trail Map




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The hike to Rimrock Overlook can be easily made in less than 10 minutes on the man-made pathway. A series of steps and board walkways help you descend to the main overlooks. These overlooks offer spectacular views of the Allegheny Reservoir and Allegheny National Forest. Another set of steps, carved in the stone, take you down below the overlook to primitive hiking trails. Commonly seen wildlife in this area includes birds, chipmunks, squirrels, grouse, and whitetail deer. In addition, black bear, wild turkey, red & grey fox, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, fisher,weasel, and coyotes can be found in the area, but seen less often. Be sure to stay on the trails, as there are dangerous cliffs around the overlook area.

Amenities:

  • Public restrooms
  • Picnic area
  • Board walkways and steps, as well as primitive trails below the overlook 

To reach the trailhead from Warren, Pennsylvania:

  • Take Route 59 past the Kinzua Dam, Wolf Run Marina, and Kinzua Beach
  • Turn right at the top of the hill after Kinzua Beach/ Wolf Run Marina
  • Road ends in parking area



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The hike to Jakes Rocks Overlook can be easily made in less than 10 minutes on the fairly level, paved pathway, making this a very easy hike for nearly anyone. The overlooks offer spectacular views of the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir. Commonly seen wildlife in this area includes birds, chipmunks, squirrels, grouse, and whitetail deer. In addition, black bear, wild turkey, red & grey fox, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, fisher,weasel, and coyotes can be found in the area, but seen less often. Be sure to stay on the trails, as there are dangerous cliffs around the overlook area.

Amenities:

  • Public restrooms
  • Picnic area
  • Paved hiking trails

To reach the trailhead from Warren, Pennsylvania:

  • Take Route 59 past the Kinzua Dam
  • Turn right onto Longhouse Scenic Drive
  • Turn right again onto Forest Road 492
  • Turn right again at the stop sign.
  • Bear to the right at the triangle intersection, and go to the 2nd parking lot.
  • The trailhead is near the back of the lot.




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