How to do PAFF Right!


Interest has been so overwhelming, PAFF has instituted a registration requirement for those wanting to take part in our FREE guided nighttime firefly walks along Tionesta Creek.  We want to make sure everyone has a great experience, and we want to make sure that we're doing our best to protect the fireflies and their habitat. 

Registration is Now Closed for guided firefly walks the night of the Firefly Festival; all of our walks are full at this time.

Come out and enjoy all the other fun and entertainment available the day of the festival.  From Noon to 5, visit Nature/Science exhibits with experts and naturalists to answer questions about fireflies and the forest.  

We will provide firefly information and maps where you can find fireflies on your own in the forest or your own backyard.  There will be activities for kids and arts crafts vendors until 6 pm.  Live Music and FoodTrucks until 10 pm.  At dusk, if you can be patient and willing to wait by the campfire, we will be happy to put you on a "stand-by" list in case of no-shows.

Come just for the day...

Although you can only see the fireflies at night, the PA Firefly Festival offers a whole day of fun before it gets dark!  Between Noon and 10 pm, you can experience educational exhibits, shop local arts and crafts, enjoy live music and food and participate in fun activities for the kids.

If you are coming for the day, we suggest you dress appropriately for the weather and hiking.  If you're staying until evening and plan on participating in a firefly walk, sturdy footwear suitable for hiking in rough and wet conditions are important, as are long pants and a long sleeve shirt.  Don't forget your bug repellent and sunscreen!  A portable camp chair is a must to give you seating for the music, and later in forest to provide you comfort while viewing the fireflies. 

You may want to bring a picnic or beverages, but there will be food vendors on site and water will be available.  Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are permitted on site. Use or possession will be grounds for expulsion from the event. 

Trained volunteers and naturalists will be available through out the festival to provide information about the fireflies, the area and "Firefly Viewing Etiquette". We encourage you to find a volunteer to help you optimize your experience and learn how to protect the habitat of this unique natural phenomenon.

Stay for the night...

Visitors to the festival after dark can expect to see the firefly displays after 10 pm.  Firefly walks

If you've preregistered for a guided walk, we ask that you arrive for your walk 15 minutes before your scheduled start to listen to our Firefly Viewing Etiquette talk.

Stay in the area for the whole weekend...

Come back on Sunday morning to enjoy the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the festival site from 7-10 am.  Get a great breakfast and support the Relay for Life!    Adults- $7, Children under 10- $3

Where Can I Stay?

Although we no longer offer camping on the festival site, primitive camping is available very nearby at Kellettville Campground.  For reservations call 1-877-444-6777 or go to the Army Corps of Engineers website

Other Camping/Lodging in the area:

Black Bear Cabins- (22.9 m) 55 Blackberry Ln, Cooksburg (814) 744-8017

Brass Lantern Lodge- (18.6 m) 3361 Jacks Hollow Rd, Vowinckel (814) 927-8136

Bucktail Hotel, (14 m) 101 S. Forest Street, Marienville, (814) 927-8800

Chapman Dam Campground-(26.1 m) 4790 Chapman Dam Rd, Clarendon(814) 723-0250

Clarion River Suites- (23.3 m) 185 Coleman Run Rd., Cooksburg (814) 744-8007

Cook Forest Country Inn- (16.2 m) 5491 Forest Rd., Vowinckel (814) 927-8925

Cook Forest Motel & Cabin- (26.5 m) 12754 PA-36, Clarington (814) 752-2327

Cook Forest Top Hill Cabins- (18.7 m) 2808 Forest Road, Cooksburg (800) 531-1545

Cook Riverside Cabins - (22 m) 115 Riverside Drive, Cooksburg (814) 744-8300

Deer Meadow Campground- (18.7 m) 2761 Forest Road, Cooksburg (814) 927-8125

Double R Campground- (22.4 m) 152 Double R Lane, Tionesta (814) 354-2574

Fair Winds in the Forest- (23.7 m) 12810 Route 36, Clarington (814) 744-8300

Flying W Ranch- (2.3 m) 685 Flying W Ranch Road, Tionesta (814) 463-7663

Forest Lodge & Campground- (19.9 m) 44078 PA-66, Marienville (814) 927-8790

Forest Ridge Campground & Cabins-(14.8 m) 3566 Loleta Rd, Marienville (814) 927-8340

Gateway Lodge- (17.4 m) 14870 PA-36, Cooksburg (814) 744-8017

Hominy Ridge Lodge & Cabins- (23.2 m) 13964 PA-36, Clarington (814) 851-6377

Hunter Station- (17 m) 1723 Hunter Station Road, Tionesta, (800)227-9067

Kelly Hotel, (14 m) 102 South Forest Street, Marienville, (814) 927-6652

Kellygreen Bed & Breakfast-(14.7 m) 131 Elm Street, Tionesta, (814) 755-8808

Loleta Roadrunner RV Park- (14.8 m) 206 Loleta Rd Marienville (814) 755-3512

Mid-Town Motel - (14.7 m) 201 Elm Street, Tionesta, (814) 755-3576

Minister Creek Campground - (8.2 m) 10353 Route 666, Tionesta, (814) 927-6628

Monroe Heights Hotel - (12.3 m) 252 Route 66, Marienville  814-927-8300

Outback Adventures- (15.4 m) 247 Outback Adventures Rd, Tionesta (814) 755-3658

Pioneer Motel & Trading Post - (14.2 m) 111 Chestnut St, Marienville (814) 927-5000

Storybook Cabin- (23.5 m) 511 Guzzi Blvd., Clarington (814) 752-6177

Tionesta Lake Outflow Area Camping - (15.1 m)  324 Outflow Road, Tionesta, (877)444-6777

Tionesta Recreation Area Campground- (15 m) Tionesta, PA  (877)444-6777

Tuck'd Inn Farm- (18.7 m) 3522 Forest Rd, Cooksburg (814) 927-7877

Wild Turkey Riverfront Cabins- (23.3 m) 2335 Oak River View Ln, Clarington (330)638-8193