Kumbrabow State Forest is located along the western edge of the allegheny Highlands atop Rich Mountain. The 9,474 acres of forest range from 3,000 to 3,930 feet above sea level, making Kumbrabow the state's highest forest. Acquired in 1934, the forest derives its unusual name from the three prominent families, KUMp-BRAdy-BOWers, who were instrumental in the purchase of the land. The forest is operated by the multiple-use concept which provides recreation and watershed protection, while practicing the principles of forestry and wildlife management. Through good management practices, Kumbrabow is a showcase for stands of black cherry and red spruce. Diverse habitat has made black bear, turkey, deer, grouse, and bobcat sightings common to visitors throughout the year. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant and surround the majority of several pristine streams, creating beautiful scenic views throughout the forest. Kumbrabow State Forest facilities include fully equipped pioneer cabins, campsites, bathhouse with laundry, and picnic areas. More information on the facilities can be found on our accommodations page.

This is a easy service road trail with an amazing view at the end. There is a shelter house and a overlook area, and signs along the way! We took our 5 year old Shitzu, and she did great with some water breaks along the way..., since it was a hot October day. When the gate is open, you can drive most of the way to the scenic overlook, and hike the trails off of the service road, if you want to hike more in the woods.

We started on the Potato Hole trail and returned via the Raven Rocks Trail on a sunny, very warm day. Overall a nice loop, although at times and Potato Hole trail seemed a bit "close" and needs some more use to keep the trail visible. The trail goes to the viewing stand (not really a tower) at the top of Rich Mountain - a splendid view with little evidence of civilization. The area around the top was logged recently, most likely for the Black Cherry trees for which this forest is managed. The rest of the loop is good, although the walk back to the car from the end (or beginning) of Raven Rock is on the road (lightly traveled and in the shade) can get a bit long. Definitely worth a visit to these little used, but well marked trails.

walking
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Great trail for locals if you know what you are looking at.is also shared by several antennas for the airport and cell towers, but it doesn't effect the view at all. Also explore rich mountain, a civil war battlefield, which you need to walk thru to get to the top of Rich Mt. anyhow. Nice picnic spot, watch for storms, nowhere to go if a sudden storm comes, and definitely bring a camera.