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Seven Tubs Recreation Area

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Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township

Update December 2022: The Seven Tubs Recreation Area parking is closed for the winter season due to hazardous winter conditions. The gate at the top of the road is locked. Pedestrian and non-motorized access is still permitted. The road will remain closed until spring melt anticipating an early April opening. Contactors working in the Seven Tubs, partners with a Road Use Agreement, and EMS will still have access.

Improvements Coming Soon!

On August 8, 2022 a $1.5 Million infrastructure project for the Seven Tubs Recreation Area was announced by DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. Improvements that are set to begin as soon as possible will focus on the access road, parking lot, pedestrian pathways, stormwater management, and access to the Tubs. For more information visit:


Seven Tubs Recreation Area is a 400-acre site located in Plains Township, within the Pinchot State Forest. The main feature of the area is a stream called Wheelbarrow Run that flows through a ravine where a series of large potholes or “tubs” are gouged out of the underlying bedrock. The cascade of water has attracted visitors to the site for generations. Surrounding Wheelbarrow is a forest composed of plants and animals typical of northeastern Pennsylvania. Hiking trails lead to and around the Tubs area allowing visitors to enjoy the diverse natural life and hilly terrain of the area.

Seven Tubs Recreation Area is accessible by a spur trail for hiking only, no bikes.  No, picnicking, camping or hunting permitted in 7 Tubs


DCNR Pinchot State Forest District Website