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Sproul State Forest

Sproul State Forest was the first Pennsylvania State Forest. Located in northern Centre county and western Clinton county, this state forest encompasses over 300,000 acres of land. The west branch of the Susquehanna River bisects the state forest.

There are a number of hiking trails found in Sproul State Forest, including two long distance hiking trails. The Chuck Keiper Trail and Donut Hole Trail are great trails for overnight backpacking. If dayhiking is more your speed, you'll find plenty of opportunities around Kettle Creek State Park or Hyner Run State Park. To see what Sproul State Forest has to offer in regards to hiking, make sure to participate in "Prowl the Sproul", hosted every summer by DCNR and the Keystone Trails Association.

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During the weekend of July 17th to July 19th, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Keystone Trails Association and the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Club sponsored the 6th annual Prowl the Sproul Hiking Weekend. This was the third time that Shari and I had attended Prowl the Sproul. They were enjoyable events and we made sure to mark our calendars for this year's event as well. We arrived on Friday evening and had an opportunity to talk with fellow hikers as well as members of the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association and DCNR rangers. We chose our hike for Saturday and opted for a 5 mile hike on a trail just off Shoemaker Ridge, located near the Chuck Keiper Trail.

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During the weekend of July 18th to July 20th, 2008, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Keystone Trails Association and the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Club sponsored the 5th annual Prowl the Sproul Hiking Weekend. The weekend was dedicated to hiking and socializing, with a cheese and wine tasting party Friday evening along with a pancake breakfast and picnic supper on Saturday. Guided hikes of different lengths and difficulties were available from 2 miles to 15 miles with easy, family-friendly strolls and boot-buster climbs. The event took place on the grounds of the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association.