Quebec Run Wild Area is an exceptional spot to recreate in southwestern Pennsylvania. Mountain bikers, hikers, backpackers, and trail runners will all love this destination.
As the sign above indicates, permits are required for overnight camping in this wild area. Please Call Forbes State Forest to check on current conditions and regulations before you explore this Wild Area.
New signs and blazes were recently installed (2019) by DCNR forestry workers during scheduled trail maintenance activities in this area. This area is now easier to explore than ever before!
There are old bridges in the area.
And renovated bridges to cross too!
Even with updated trail signs, freshly painted trail blazes, and renovated bridges, an adventurer will still experience remote trails and will definitely get wet feet, tires, and hooves in this wild area!
With so many trails and off-trail secrets to explore (like the grist mill remains along Mill Trail, the rock outcrops near Tebolt Trail, and tantalizing tales of buried gold from the Civil War near Hess Trail), Quebec Run Wild Area really offers a place for all kinds of non-motorized trail users!
Although there are plenty of primitive campsites in Quebec Run Wild Area, please remember to practice Leave No Trace ethics during your visit. And don't forget to bring a map and compass to help you explore all this area has to offer!
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The adventure began at the Congdon Run Trailhead in the Otter Creek Wilderness at FS 303 with a friendly shuttle and equipped with the Purple Lizard Maps the shuttler recommended for navigation. The day was overcast, but no rain, as the duo plodded along the trail with Steve relating many memories of hiking with the youth group long ago. Otter Creek at this point wandered among green grasses in a tranquil manner, and the first river crossing could be negotiated with crocs. A connoisseur of maps, Steve diligently studied the Otter Creek version of the map, remarking on some of the whimsical quotes scattered within the map such as “Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.” Winnie the Pooh.
If you are starting from scratch and need gear, don’t fall for the myth that you need a ton of specialized gear to have a great time enjoying the outdoors. Most of what you need is already in your home. Think about what you need to keep your children happy at home and ask yourself if they will need it when you camp. No need to pack up your entire kitchen, or break the bank on specialized equipment.