Johnson Run Natural Area
This rugged area gives a real feeling for how difficult it was for the first settlers to traverse the unbroken forests of the Allegheny Plateau. The plateau is laced with steep ravines following small streams. There were few trails through this tangled mass of growth, until white settlers came along to open up the forest. The boulders that line the stream are covered with thick blankets of moss, and insects fill the air during the warmer months, preyed on by native fish in the tumbling waters of the creeks and streams. Access to this wild natural area is via the Bucktail Hiking Trail in Elk State Forest, with a trailhead near Sizerville State Park and another trailhead in Sinnemahoning along Grove Run Road.