State Gamelands 252 - Allenwood
Size: 3,000 acres.
Geography/habitat: Mature forest, impoundments, and fields bordered by dense thickets.
Features/trails: This was once a series of World War II ammunitions bunkers. • Roadways are available for driving exploration, but hiking the roads and trails offers the best chance of viewing wildlife, which includes painted and snapping turtles, muskrats, frogs, cottontail, red fox, and white-tailed deer.
Must see: This is a local hot spot for a variety of birds during migration.
Key Species: A target nesting species is the Golden-winged Warbler, but also nesting are Hooded Warbler and Red-shouldered Hawk. The impoundment attracts waterfowl, including Wood Duck, Tundra Swan in the northbound migration, and Pied-billed Grebe during fall and spring migration. April is a good time to look for American Bittern along the south side of the pond, close to the buildings. Herons and Belted Kingfisher can also be seen around the pond. Blue-winged Warbler and their hybrids are sometimes encountered.
Directions: Travel Route 15 north from Lewisburg past Interstate 80. In the town of Allenwood, turn left at the traffic light onto Route 44. Drive approximately 4 miles and turn north between a house and barn onto Mill Road. The gamelands are on the right, and can be accessed by a number of parking areas marked with signs. Gazetteer page 50.
Contact: PGC, Northcentral Regional Office, 1566 S. Rt. 44 Hwy., Jersey Shore, PA. (877) 877-0299. www.pgc.state.pa.us
Property Hours: sunrise-sunset
Visitor Center Hours: N/A
Time of Day: AM
Time of Year: March-August