Location - Follow U.S. Route 6 to Ludlow, PA. Tionesta Scenic Area is located seven miles south of Ludlow and eight miles west of Kane, PA by way of Forest Road 133. An access road, junctioning with FR 133, leads into the area. Signs along FR 133 help direct you into the site.
History - This 2000-acre tract is a remnant of the original forest that once covered six million acres on the Allegheny Plateau of New York and Pennsylvania. The old growth forest consists of 300-400 year-old beech, hemlock and some sugar maple. It is the type of forest that greeted early settlers and later supported a vast lumber industry.
The Scenic Area is part of a 4000-acre tract of old growth purchased by the federal government in 1936. The Scenic Area was dedicated for aesthetic purposes and the remaining area was set aside as a Research Natural Area for scientific studies.
In 1973, both areas were added to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks Program in recognition of their unique status.
During early evening hours of May 31, 1985, a devastating tornado moved through the northern half of Tionesta Scenic Area. Its destructive wake can still be seen, a reminder of natural powers well