GUIDED FIREFLY WALKS & PHOTOGRAPHY
Private Guided Firefly Walks for viewing and photographing fireflies are available for a fee/donation to PA Firefly Festival in mid-June through early July except for the last weekend of June during the Annual PA Firefly Festival. Photographers must have experience with long-exposure shooting and proper equipment. Cell phone cameras are NOT proper equipment.
The dark nights and open field of the Black Caddis Ranch offer prime viewing of the night skies. On clear nights, Stargazers and Lunar watchers can see the Milky Way, identify constellations or howl at the moon! If you're lucky, you might see the Space Station or meteor showers cross the sky.
Guests of the Black Caddis Ranch who are horse owners trailering their own mounts, are welcome to park in the field and use the creek for watering. No extra charge. No hook ups, stables or fencing provided.
Flying W Ranch, home of the Allegheny Mountain Rodeo, is located 2 miles west of the BCR. The Flying W is known as the largest Dude Ranch east of the Mississippi. They have some of the best trail stock in the area and the guided trail rides take you to the back country of the Allegheny National Forest.
FISHING AND BIRDING
The Tionesta Creek and its tributaries the Salmon and Branch Creeks are stocked by the State Fish & Game Commission in April and May with Rainbow and Brown Trout. The Little Minister Creek that runs along the BCR property is a natural habitat for Brook Trout. Trout season opens annually on the 2nd Saturday in April. Anglers can try their luck on dry or wet flies, nymph lures, or bait fishing. All must obtain and display a current PA Fishing License.
Bird watching is a common practice. Novice and experienced birders will find the 100 plus species in and around the Kellettville area. Birders can trek out into the fields and forest or just sit on the porch to watch hummingbirds or songbirds at the feeders.
NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL
The 4,600-mile long North Country Trail is a National Scenic Trail and is accessible within 1/2 mile of BCR. Many backpackers and day-hikers like to spend a night or two in the Kellettville area. The Cabin can offer a sturdy shelter for those starting/ending their trek or taking a break on their way to their next leg. Many of our backpacking guests appreciate the hot-shower, and free WiFi to get connected to friends and family.
There is no legal access to ATV trails from the BCR in Kellettville at this time. Guests of the BCR are welcome to park trailers overnight, but will have to trailer to access ATV trails in Marienville.
Route 666 is known as the "Devil's Highway" by motorcycle clubs and tours. This scenic route from East Hickory on the West end to Sheffield on the East end winds through some of the most breathtaking views of the Tionesta Creek. Riders should be aware that road conditions are not always ideal and wildlife crossings are frequent. Safety and caution should be exercised at all times.
KAYAKING AND CANOEING
April through July are usually the peak season months for kayaking and canoeing the Tionesta. However, this depends heavily on the rainfall. The Tionesta Creek is a US Army Corps of Engineers operation and water levels are controlled by the dam at Tionesta Lake. There are no State boat launches, but guests can access the creek at several public access points to launch and pull-out.
MOUNTAIN AND TRAIL BIKE
Most of the trails surrounding BCR are mountain bike accessible during spring and summer months (off hunting season). The snowmobile trails are closed by gates, but can be used for foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles. Trail riders may prefer to travel to one of the many rails-to-trails systems located within a 30-minute drive of BCR.
Hunting game is the biggest past time in these parts. From Spring Turkey to Black Bear and Deer seasons, hunters of all ages come to BCR for the access to game lands. BCR is adjacent to the ANF and within the D-Map permit area. The BCR has some Ruffed Grouse and the Kellettville Sportsmens' Club stocks the area with Ring-neck Pheasant in the fall. Bird-dog Hunters are welcome, but dogs must be leashed, or crated when not working.