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Parks & Forests

See also: Trails, camping, and hiking

Selected Books

Bernik, Ed
Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest
PENNA TR721.B466 2006
In this beautifully written and lavishly illustrated volume, photographer Ed Bernik captures the spirit of one of the last wild places in the East. The enclosed Forest Companion CD provides a bird's-eye view of the biology, geology and history of the forest, along with a sampling of 50 of the area's can't miss attractions.
 
Egan, Timothy
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
Egan, National Book Award winner, tells the story of the 1910 forest fire that burned across Montana, Idaho and Washington and caught the U.S. Forest Service unprepared.
 
Hiking Shenandoah National Park
GV199.42.S496 H554x [2006] 3rd ed.
Also available as a downloadable electronic book from Netlibrary.
 
Fergus, Charles
Natural Pennsylvania: Exploring the State Forest Natural Areas
SD428.A2 P44 2002
Throughout Pennsylvania, within the state forest system, are 61 officially designated Natural Areas, each offering a bit of wildness deemed worthy of protection: rare-bird breeding sites, stands of old-growth trees, fragile wetlands, ice age remnants, mineral-rich mountainsides.
 
Fergus, Charles
Thornapples: The Comings, Goings, and Outdoor Doings of a Naturalist
PENNA QH81.F36 2001
"For years, Charles Fergus chronicled his outdoor activities in the Pennsylvania Game News' popular 'Thornapples' column and other magazines. Some of the best of his writings are now collected in this illustrated volume. Following a fox, gathering nuts, watching fireflies, tracking a bear, listening to peepers, hunting deer, searching for giant trees, camping alone -- a year of adventures and rambles in the natural world, all described in vivid detail and filled with the timeless spirit of the great outdoors."
 
Michaels, Art
Pennsylvania Overlooks: A Guide For Sightseers and Outdoor People
PENNA F147.3.M53 2002
Pennsylvania's sublime overlooks, remarkable natural features in themselves, frequently go unnoticed despite their historical and scenic interest. The selected overlooks in this book are easy to reach by automobile or by foot.
 
Mitchell, Jeff
Hiking the Allegheny National Forest: Exploring the Wilderness of Northwestern Pennsylvania
PENNA GV199.42.P42 A446 2007
This guide covers 50 dayhikes and 5 backpacking trails in and around the region, with information on what to pack, time to allow, trailhead locations, and major vistas and points of interest along the way. Maps of each trail are included.
 
NPR Road Trips: National Park Adventures
In this audiobook, National Public Radio presents a collection of entertaining stories and informational experiences focused on America's national parks.
 

Videos

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, & Nearby States

Cook Forest
(DVD) F157.C76 C75 2007x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of Cook Forest State Park located in Pennsylvania.
 
Laurel Ridge
(DVD) F157.A45 L38 2008x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of Laurel Ridge State Park located in the Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Plateau Region of Pennsylvania.
 
McConnell's Mill
(DVD) F157.L3 M34 2008x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of McConnell's Mill State Park located in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
 
Ohiopyle
(DVD) F157.F2 O39 2007x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of Ohiopyle State Park located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
 
Presque Isle
(DVD) F157.E6 P74 2007x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of Presque Isle State Park located in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
 
Raccoon Creek
(DVD) F157.B2 R34 2008x
This Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) documentary presents a tour of Raccoon Creek State Park located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
 

United States & Beyond

America's National Parks Collection
This collection of 6 DVDs explores the natural beauty of, and recreational opportunities offered by, protected wilderness areas.
 
Caves of the National Parks: The Wonder Beneath
This documentary film examines the different types of caves found at three of America's national parks: Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park.
 
National Parks of the Appalachians: Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah
Explore the main features of each park, including visits to Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Linn Cove, Viaduct, Skyline Drive, Oconaluftee, Mingus Mills, Brineger and Puckett Cabins, the Folk Center and Mabry Mill, and much more.
 

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Browse the Catalog

For library materials on parks and forests, browse the library catalog under the subjects:
 

Pittsburgh Region

  • Allegheny Commons
    Pittsburgh's oldest park, Allegheny Commons, dates to 1867 when it was designed to provide "breathing places" for the citizens of what was then the sooty city of Allegheny.
  • Allegheny County Parks Department
    Includes information about and directions to the county's nine regional parks: Boyce, Deer Lakes, Harrison Hills, Hartwood Acres, North, Round Hill, Settler's Cabin, South, and White Oak.
  • Allegheny County Parks
    The story of the parks system surrounding Pittsburgh operated by the Allegheny County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. An article by R. Jay Gangewere in Carnegie Magazine, July/August 1986.
  • City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks & Recreation
    Provides information on the city's recreational programs (Citiparks). Includes a directory to all of the city parks.
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, is working to restore, renew, revitalize and preserve the four great parks of Pittsburgh - Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley.
    • Schenley Plaza
      A new urban park located between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Hillman Library of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
  • PopCity: Overrun South Side Park to get reclaimed, revitalized
    "For years, the 65-acre South Side Park has been little-known by residents in the surrounding South Side Flats, South Side Slopes and Arlington neighborhoods. It's become overgrown with invasive species, and its fields, trails, playground and former ice arena have gone all but unused."
  • Riverlife
    The Riverlife Task Force is a public-private partnership established in 2000 to guide and advocate for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh's riverfronts. Ultimately they envision Three Rivers Park, an expanse of hundreds of acres along 13 linear miles of waterfront that brings recreation, ecological restoration and economic opportunity back to our waterfronts.
 

Western Pennsylvania

  • Moraine Preservation Fund
    A non-profit, volunteer organization that supports Moraine State Park, developing wildlife restoration projects like Project BATitat, the Osprey and Barn Owl Reintroduction Programs, and the Native Plant & Butterfly Trail.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny National Forest
    Although heavily forested, Pennsylvania has only one National Forest. This is the USDA Forest Service website with information and links.
  • Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation
    The Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation (PPFF) was created in 1999 to give supporters and users of Pennsylvania's parks and forests a positive way to contribute to the conservation of our publicly-owned properties.
  • Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
    Founded in 1935, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking, and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field.
  • Pennsylvania State Forests
    Information on the state forests from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
    • Forbes State Forest
      Forbes State Forest is the one closest to Pittsburgh, containing over 20 separate tracts of State Forest Land in Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties, most lying along Laurel Ridge. Six State Parks and three State Forest Picnic Areas have been developed.
  • Pennsylvania State Parks
    The official Pennsylvania state site with information on all state parks.
  • US Army Corps of Engineer Pittsburgh Division
    • Recreation
      The Corps provides recreation opportunities (camping, swimming, boating) at 16 flood control projects (lakes), and 23 navigation projects (locks and dams) on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. This website provides information for each one.
 

Nearby States

  • Monongahela National Forest (WV)
    Established in 1911, Monongahela National Forest covers over 909,000 acres in 10 counties in West Virginia, making it the fourth largest National Forest in 20 northeastern states. It is within one day's drive of one-third of the population of the United States and offers 23 campgrounds, 17 picnic areas, and 500 plus miles of hiking trails; 5 federally designated wilderness areas; 230 species of birds; 75 tree species; 129 miles of warm water fishing and 576 miles of trout streams.
  • Ohio State Forests
    Generally more primitive than state parks, Ohio offers 21 state forests for activities such as hiking and bird watching.
  • Ohio State Parks
    Ohio has 74 state parks. At this website you can check to see whether campsites are available.
  • West Virginia State Parks and Forests
    This official website includes information on resort parks, cabin parks, camping parks, day use parks, trails, natural/historic parks, and state forests. Includes links to independent websites for many of the state's parks and forests, with information on camping and facilities.
 

United States - Directories

 

International

  • Parks Canada
    The federal Parks Canada National Programs include National Historic Sites of Canada, National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada, and National Parks of Canada