It’s one thing to identify a new stream to fish; quite another thing to actually gain access to the stream. This page describes 7 layers that can be invaluable to anyone trying to figure out how to gain access: 1 layer that maps many of the hiking trails built and open in PA; 5 layers of public lands; and a layer of privately conserved lands (which may or may not provide public access). All are available from the download system.
Altogether there are 7 layers represented here:
- PA Trails
- PA State Parks
- PA State Forests
- PA State Gameland
- PA Federal Lands
- PA County and Local Parks
- PA Privately Conserved Land
The State Parks, Forests, and Gameland come from new datasets released in 2013 by PASDA and the relevant State agency. The Trails dataset is excerpted from a 2010 dataset created by PA DCNR and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and distributed by PASDA. The Federal layer is extracted from a national database created by BLM’s Surface Management Agency in 2011. The last 2 (County and Local, Private) come from a 1998 data layer assembled by Joseph Bishop and distributed by PASDA. We’re looking for more recent sources for those, but for now, they’re what seems to be available.
Taken together, they provide extremely detailed information about public land ownership (as many private inholdings are marked).