Hike through SGL 252

SGL 252 - Search Nearby - Added by Eric Beiter

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.

Distance

6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

400 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Fishing, Photography, Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Williamsport South / Nittany Mtn. KOA

New Columbia, Pennsylvania

From $40/night

Barakah Heritage Farm

Benton, Pennsylvania

From $120/night

Hickory Grove Pond

Forksville, Pennsylvania

From $120/night

Dennis Alan Quarry Homestead

Woodward, Pennsylvania

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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