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Map: Hickory Creek Wilderness

Map: Hickory Creek Wilderness

Hickory Creek Wilderness rises from 1,273 feet to a plateau at 1,900 feet. Densely forested, this wilderness contains mostly northern hardwoods and hemlock, with an understory of abundant flowers, ferns, shrubs, and mosses. Bear, deer and turkey are common.

Hickory Creek Trail, the only designated trail within the wilderness, is managed for foot travel only. The rolling 12-mile loop provides for easy day hikes as well overnight backpacking opportunities along flat to moderately steep terrain. Access to the trail is from a dedicated parking area just off State Route 2002. The trail may be difficult to follow after snowfall in winter.

It is surrounded by Heart Contents Road (PA 2002) to the North, PA 3005 to west, Forest Road 113 to the south-west, and Forest Road 119 to the east. There is camping along these forest roads, especially down by Hickory Creek, and up along former oil well and logging pads.

http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=243
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/recarea/?recid=6141&actid=34
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5107569.pdf