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Buckaloons Interpretive Trail

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Warren, PA 16365

Phone 1:
814-723-5150
Phone 2:
814-726-2710

Description

WELCOME to the Buckaloons Recreation Area. The Seneca Interpretive Trail meanders along the Allegheny River and Irvine Run. It circles around the picnic area and the campground. Plan to enjoy a picnic after your walk or stay overnight in the campground. See the campground host during the summer months for more information on area activities.

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The Seneca Interpretive Trail begins at the boat launch in the recreation area. The Trail is a one mile loop trail around the picnic area and campground. Follow the numbered markers along the way, there are no blazes. At a leisurely pace the walk should take about 30 minutes. On the tour, you can learn to identify tree species, observe the inter-relationship between wildlife and the trees of the forest, and become aware of the life and death struggle among different tree species. Also, you might learn some interesting facts about the area.

The White Pine is easily identified by its soft, flexible needles that always grow in bundles of five. The White Pine is a light-loving tree and in its natural state depends on catastrophes, such as tornados and fire, to destroy the shade-tolerant hemlock and hardwoods.

The Sycamore is a very large lowland tree with distinctive brown bark which flakes off in jigsaw-puzzle-like pieces. Indians used trunks of the Sycamore for dugouts. One such canoe reported to have been 65'' long and to have weighed 9000 pounds. The twigs are eaten by deer and muskrats.

The Shagbark Hickory can be identified by its light colored bark in long, loose strips. It is a tall tree have leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets. Husks of the Hickory nut usually break into four rather separate parts upon ripening. The nuts are eaten by squirrel, oppossum, and wild turkey. The twigs are browsed by deer and rabbits. Wood is valuable in the manufacture of skis, tool handles, gunstocks, and baskets.

The White Oak can be identified by its light gray, long ridged bark and widespreading branches. Most White Oak is made into lumber for flooring, furniture, handles, boxes and railroad ties. The acorns of the oak are an important source of food for squirrels, deer, turkeys and many birds in this area.

Fishing is popular in the Allegheny River, Brokenstraw Creek, and Irvine Run. Trout and walleye are popular species of fish found in these waters.

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.

The skill level of this hiking trail is easiest. We encourage you to hike with at least one other person and to leave your itinerary with friends so they''ll know where to look if you don''t return on time or need assistance.

This trail is open for winter hiking. Remember to dress in layers appropriate for the weather conditions. Be aware that these trails are used heavily in the late fall and spring by hunters. It is a good idea to wear bright fluorescent colored clothing if hiking during these time periods. Practice NO TRACE ETHICS - PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT...and for sanitary disposal of wastes, dig a pit on flat ground at least 6 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water.

The nearest hospital is located in Warren. The nearest telephone also is located in Warren. The pump water in the developed recreation areas is safe for drinking. Water from any other sources should be boiled before consumption.

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