- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Towns of Almond, Birdsall and Burns, Allegany County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9P
- Map: Gas Springs State Forest Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 2,263-acre Gas Springs State Forest gets its name from the natural gas springs that occur in the area. More than half of the acreage of this state forest was cleared for agriculture in the early 1800s, but by the 1930s most of the farmland had been abandoned.
In the 1930s, the unit was the site of work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the Depression. The CCC used water holes like the one in the picture below to water the thousands of trees that they planted in tree plantations on the unit. Some of these water holes can still be seen today as small depressions near the plantation areas with rocks stacked around the edge to line the rim. This was a common practice by the CCC, especially in areas where a natural water source was scarce.