Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Guide
Allegheny Islands Wilderness
Description: The Allegheny Islands Wilderness now contains a total of 368 acres and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the wilderness is in the state of Pennsylvania.
Public land becomes wilderness through legislation passed by the United States Congress in the form of public laws. For the Allegheny Islands Wilderness, this process began in 1984 when 368 acres were designated by Public Law 98-585.
The Allegheny Islands Wilderness is part of the 106 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of wild lands contributes significantly to the ecological, economic, and social health of our country. Wilderness provides clean air and water, a shelter for endangered species, sacred places for indigenous peoples, a living laboratory for research, and a classroom for exploring personal values while experiencing risk, reward, and self-reliance. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization," you play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States. Please follow the regulations listed below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Allegheny Islands Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
Area Management: Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport is allowed. This is true for all federal lands managed as designated wilderness.
Leave No Trace principles:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors.