Pinchot State Forest

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Pinchot Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps.


The Pinchot State Forest is named in recognition of Gifford Pinchot's monumental contributions to forestry and his legacy of forest land conservation. Gifford Pinchot turned a childhood interest in nature into a distinguished career protecting forests and a founding role in America’s emerging conservation movement. President Theodore Roosevelt chose Pinchot as the first chief of the then-U. S. Division of Forestry, a role in which he served from 1898 to 1910. With the guidance of Roosevelt and Pinchot, over 200 million acres of national forest came under scientific land management. Policies developed by Pinchot still help guide most national and state forests. Pinchot served as commissioner of the original Pennsylvania Department of Forestry and later, 1920-1922, as secretary of the former Department of Forest and Waters. He also served two terms as Pennsylvania governor, 1923-27 and 1931-35. While serving as governor, Pinchot set up work camps throughout the state that became the models for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). 

The district's 44,743 acres of state forest lands blanket more than a few of the mountains near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers. Pinchot Forest District includes Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.

Camping Closed at Moon Lake Recreation Area
Moon Lake Recreation Area is now closed for camping as we are further evaluating the site. For additional information about other camping opportunities contact the Pinchot State Forest Office  by calling 570-945-7133 or via email at .

Stone Collecting Permits Suspended
After review, the decision has been made to suspend the issuing of stone collecting permits on the Pinchot State Forest until the District Resource Management Plan is completed. The reason for this suspension is to evaluate and determine if and where stone collection is permissible based on ecological, historical, cultural reasons and to complete the District forest resource management plan.

2017 District Management Activity Plan
The district management activity plan is ready and available for public questions and/or feedback. View it here.

Restricted Activities on Pinchot State Forest
Camping on Designated Campsites in the Pinchot State Forest will not be permitted from November 21 to December 12 inclusive. Primitive backpack camping will still be permitted.
Fuel wood cutting on the Pinchot State Forest is not permitted from November 21 to December 12 inclusive.
Dam Removal and Stream Restoration
The Pinchot Forest District plans to remove Olyphant #1 Dam starting in 2016 to begin the restoration of the Grassy Island Creek channel. The removal is necessary to improve public safety, restore aquatic habitat, and water quality in and along Grassy Island Creek.
Maps of New Pinchot State Forest Lands
Maps of newly acquired state forest lands in the Pinchot State Forest are now posted on the Pinchot Maps webpage.
Portions of Pinchot State Forest Closed
Due to public safety concerns the Avondale portion of the Pinchot State Forest in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County has been closed to the public for mine reclamation work since April 2015. Public entrances will be posted as closed until the project is completed.
Don't Move Firewood
To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.