Exploring an abandoned army ordnance.

What was once known as the town of Alvira PA, is now known as State Game Lands number 252. During WWII the land was seized by the army and used as an army ordnance. Because of its past, while you are exploring, be on the lookout for old ammunition bunkers that have succumb to years of neglect, and are now overgrown. They are a very haunting sight, if you are brave enough you can even venture inside, but you better have a good flashlight.   

The area is very easily explored because of the abandoned roadways. Most are open to hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding. Because the area is 3,000+ acres it is easy to lose track of where you are while you are exploring, I would most certainly recommended taking a map. There are many ponds which are well worth checking out for fishing or birding, but be aware that some of the ponds are closed from February to June as Propagation Areas, most notably the pond directly in front of this parking lot.

The most important thing to remember is that this is a State Game Land and hunting does occur here in all seasons. Please be aware what, if anything, is in season and if you do go out during an open season wear something blaze orange. During hunting seasons I would recommend waiting until Sunday to explore, because there is currently no Sunday hunting in PA.

Pack List

  • Map
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Neon vest
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 400 Feet
Activities Fishing, Photography, Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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