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Seven Tubs Recreation Area

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Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township
DLNHC does not manage The Seven Tubs Recreation Area.
For more information, contact the Pinchot State Forest office at 570-945-7133


Updated April 2023: The Seven Tubs Recreation Area is CLOSED for all public use during the infrastructure improvement projectPedestrian and non-motorized access is not permitted due to RISK OF PUBLIC SAFETY. The road and surrounding recreation area will remain closed until the end of the 2023 season. Parking is not permitted at the intersection of Route 115 and the entrance to the Seven Tubs Recreation Area.

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