Tryon-Weber Woods Natural Area
There are many forests to enjoy in Penn’s Woods, but one of the best examples of a mature beech-maple forest can be found in Tryon-Weber Woods, in western Crawford County about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. This 100-acre property was originally protected by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1976, and was just expanded last year.
The vast forests of Pennsylvania are a mosaic of different forest types. For example, the oak-hickory forest type is common in some southern regions, while eastern hemlock forests prevail to the north. Due to the landscape created by the last massive continental glacier, beech-maple forests are more common in northwest Pennsylvania. In most places, this forest type has been cut, and remnants usually comprise young trees. However, the ecological significance of Tryon-Weber Woods is that is has mature, older-growth trees. Often used for biological study, in 2016 it was recognized as an exemplary forest by the Old-Growth Forest Network.
This property is remote and rustic, so include a map and compass in your backpack when exploring the area. Only one trail leads you into the property and it’s accessible from the natural area sign on a local gravel road. A small stream has cut a deep valley in the soft glacial soils and you will find the old-growth trees across the stream as you explore. Find a map of Tryon-Weber Woods on WaterLandLife.org, or call 412-288-2777.
The Conservancy has protected more than 250,000 acres of natural lands in Western Pennsylvania since 1932. To learn more, visit WaterLandLife.org.