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The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania

Thank you for your interest in hunting on nature preserves owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. Hunting helps to maintain healthy wildlife populations and promote forest regeneration.

Nature preserves listed below are open to the public through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) Public Access Cooperator Program and PGC’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). The Conservancy does not distribute DMAP coupons directly, so hunters must purchase a DMAP tag for these properties through any license-issuing agent by providing the appropriate DMAP number.

Hunters should observe all PGC regulations and otherwise follow all the same rules applicable to State Gamelands. The Conservancy’s only exception is that trapping is not allowed on any nature preserve. Please be courteous and respect other visitors.

In accordance with PGC policy, hunters may place temporary and portable tree stands on the Conservancy’s property during deer hunting seasons and the two weeks preceding and following the start and end of the seasons. Outside of that time, remaining hunting stands will be confiscated. Any permanent structure built on a Conservancy nature preserves, especially those nailed to trees, will be removed. Motorized vehicles are prohibited except where expressly permitted during deer firearms season or by disabled hunters with a permit from PGC and written permission from the Conservancy.

Please Note: Property owned by the Conservancy and other partners has been purchased and protected with both public and private funding for the benefit of both nature and people. Hunting these properties is a privilege. As a result, hunters should respect our property and the property of our neighboring landowners. Please pay close attention to boundary markers and always err on the side of caution when unsure of property boundaries or proximity to structures. Directions and maps to each nature preserve are available below.  Any questions can be directed to (717) 232-6001 or (570) 643-7922.


Brush Mountain Woodlands

Location: Outsideof Altoona and Hollidaysburg; 640 acres in Blair County open to public hunting in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP ID #1662, WMU 4D

Directions: Brush Mountain Woodlands is located in Logan and Frankstown Townships, Blair County. Travel on I-99 to Frankstown Exit at the Logan Town Centre Shopping Center/Frankstown Road. At light at the end of exit ramp, turn Left onto Frankstown Road. Travel on Frankstown Road for a few miles and turn Left onto Sylvan Oaks. Take Sylvan Oaks to the end of the development and stay straight as it turns into Starling Drive (at right-hand bend in the road). Travel on Starling Drive to dirt road straight ahead. Continue straight on dirt road (Fire Tower Road) up past the power line (keeping to the right at each intersection along the way).

Download a map of Brush Mountain Woodlands Nature Preserve.

Eales Nature Preserve at Moosic Mountain

Location: Just outside of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2,250 acres contiguous with State Gamelands 300 in Lackawanna County open to public hunting in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP ID #1595, WMU 3B & 3D

Directions: The Eales Nature Preserve at Moosic Mountain is located outside of Scranton along Route 247, just south of Jessup Borough in Lackawanna County.  From Interstate 81, take Exit #187 for Carbondale/Route 6. Once on Route 6, go just over four miles. Take Exit #3 for Jessup, and travel south on Moosic Lake Road/Route 247 for about two miles. The entrance to the main parking area will be on your left.

Download a map of Eales Nature Preserve at Moosic Mountain.

Elk Timberlands: Wolf Lick and Kersey Run Tracts 

Through a unique partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Elk Timberlands LLC., both Wolf Lick and Kersey Run tracts (formerly Kaul and Hall Oil & Gas Company Land) in Elk County are open for public hunting in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Location: Kersey Run: DMAP ID #1747, - WMU 2G; Wolf Lick: DMAP ID #1748, – WMU 2G

Directions: Kersey Run and Wolf Lick tracts are located in Fox and Jay Townships (Elk County) a few miles south of St. Mary’s off of State Route 255. Parking for Wolf Lick is along the east side of SR 255. There is no defined parking area yet for Kersey Run along the outskirts of Byrnedale.

Download a map of the Wolf Lick Tract

Download a map of the Kersey Run Tract

Fern Ridge Bog Nature Preserve

Location: The Fern Ridge Bog Nature Preserve is 1,300 acres jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Tunkhannock Township and Wildlands Conservancy in Monroe County is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP #1597, WMU 3D.

Directions: The Fern Ridge Bog Preserve is located between Interstate 80 and Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township (Monroe County). Foot access to this preserve is off of Route 115 just north of Route 903. Please stay off private property along the stream.

Download a map of Fern Ridge Bog Nature Preserve. 

Goeringer Nature Preserve

Location: 390 acres contiguous with Gamelands 119 in Luzerne County is open for public hunting in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP #2433, WMU #3D

Directions: From I-80 Eastbound: get off I-80 at Exit 273 (White Haven--940). Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Church Street. Continue on Church Street for .3 miles and turn right onto Berwick Street (following signs for 940). Go .2 miles and take the third left onto Towanda Street. (If you go over the bridge, you’ve missed the turn.) Stay on Towanda Street Chestnut Street/ Middleburg Road/Cross Drive for almost four miles. Turn left onto Hollenback Road when you see the large quarry on your right. Stay on Hollenback Road through the Penn Lake community. Once the paved road ends, continue on Hollenback for .5 miles. See small pull-off area on your left for parking. Old railroad bed trail begins just down the road from the parking pull-off. From I-80 Westbound: get off I-80 at Exit 273 (White Haven –940). Turn right at end of ramp onto Church Street. Continue from directions above.

Download a map of the Goeringer Nature Preserve. 

Long Pond Nature Preserve

Location: 1,450 acres in Monroe County open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP ID #1596, WMU 3D

Directions: The Long Pond Nature Preserve properties are located on route 115, 3.9 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 80 and route 115 in Tunkhannock Township (Monroe County).

Road Access: There are two access points located on Route 115.  The first or north access is located 0.8 miles south of the intersection of Route 115 and Long Pond Road.  The second or south access is located 0.8 miles south of the north access, 1.6 miles south of the intersection of Route 115 and Long Pond Road.  The south access is also located 0.2 miles north of the entrance to the Dixon Miller Recreation Area (Delaware State Forest – District #19).  Please, do not park in front of the south access gate.

Download a map of Long Pond Nature Preserve.

Minsi Lake

Location: 150 acres in Northampton County open for public hunting, WMU 5C

Directions: The Minsi Lake properties are located along Institute Drive in Bangor, PA (Northampton County). From Philadelphia, Allentown and Points South and West: Follow Route 476 North to the PA turnpike North; Exit on route 22 East; Follow to Route 33 north; Exit at Wind Gap for Route 512 North; Continue on 512 North through Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor and East Bangor; Turn Left at Light onto Johnsonville Rd; Continue 1/2 mile to 4-way stop ( Johnsonville) Funeral Home on right; Continue straight on what now is Totts Gap Rd. for about 1.5 miles; Turn Left onto Institute Drive. From Stroudsburg, and Points North: Follow Interstate 80 East to exit 310, Delaware Water Gap, route 611 South; Turn Left at 2nd Light onto 611 South; Continue south to Portland, PA bearing Right to stay on 611 South; Travel 1.5 miles and turn Right onto Route 512 South; Travel approximately 2 miles to traffic light; Turn Right at light onto Johnsonville Road; Continue 1/2 mile to 4-way stop (Johnsonville) Funeral Home on right; Continue straight on what now is Totts Gap Rd. for about 1.5 miles; Turn Left onto Institute Drive. Northampton County owns several adjacent properties that are typically open for public hunting. PLEASE respect adjacent private properties.

Download a map of Minsi Lake.

Thomas Darling Nature Preserve at Two-Mile Run 

Location: The Thomas Darling Nature Preserve at Two-Mile Run (2,000 acres), jointly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy and Tobyhanna Township, is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP ID #1597 - WMU 3D.

Directions: The Thomas Darling Preserve at Two-Mile Run is located off of Routes 940 and 115 in Tobyhanna Township (Monroe County), just north of Blakeslee.  From Interstate 80, take Exit #284 (PA Route 115).  Travel north on Route 115 past Blakeslee corners.  One option is to turn right on Burger Road and follow until the pavement turns to dirt and park in the lot on the right.  Another option is to continue on Route 115 to Caughbaugh Road, (dirt road right before Lehigh River) and turn right.  Follow past quarry, until you see a house on the left and park in the small parking lot on the right.  You can also access the preserve off of Locust Ridge Road.  Follow past quarry and turn left onto Caughbaugh Road.  Follow to small parking lot on left across the street from house.

Download a map of Thomas Darling Nature Preserve at Two-Mile Run.

West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest Nature Preserve

Location: West Branch Forest (3,000 acres) is contiguous with the Sproul State Forest and is open for public hunting through cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DMAP #168, WMU 2G.

Directions: West Branch Forest is located along Ritchie/Sugar Camp Road in Grugan and Gallagher Townships (Clinton County). Take Interstate 80 to Lock Haven Exit/Route 220. Take Route 220 North. Exit at Pine Creek/Route 44 North. Turn left off the exit ramp onto Route 44 North. Go approx. 10 miles, to the town of Waterville. Continue on 44 North another 7 miles to the junction of 664 & 44. Continue on 44 North past the Fin, Fur & Feather on the right. Go another 4 miles. You will pass under power lines, and a sub-station will be off to the left. Take your next left on Hyner Mountain Road towards Hyner View State Park. This road may not be marked with a road sign, but is across from Merrill Rd. Go one mile, and turn left on Ritchie Road (dirt road) just before the steep grade sign - you will see a sign and parking area for the "Hiding Bear Ski Trail." Go 2.2 miles to a fork in the road which goes right and straight. There will be a metal building on the right. Continue straight. Go .5 mile, until you pass the pipeline corridor. Go another 1.5 miles onto our property (look for the yellow signs), to the Information Kiosk on the right. Parking is available at the gate by the kiosk as well as along Ritchie and then Sugar Camp Road.

Download a map of West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest.

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