How to do PAFF Right!
NEW THIS YEAR:
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.
Want the VIP treatment? We alsohave a limited number of paid spots in our VIP Firefly Experience. This includes an exclusive viewing area.
Just click the button below to register for either the free or VIP walks!
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 registered for a Creek Walk or a VIP walk, we ask that you arrive for your walk 15 minutes before your scheduled start to listen to our Firefly Viewing Etiquette talk.
If you opt for a Woods Walk instead, Trained volunteers and naturalists will conduct tour groups down to the optimal firefly viewing areas. Stay as long as you'd like, and bring your cameras and tripods to try your hand at capturing nighttime pictures of the fireflies
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