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ATV Trails In Pennsylvania: Wild Rides In The Forests

Allegheny National Forest ATV Trails

Rocky Gap/Willow Creek/Penoke/Marienville/Timberline

  • Trail Miles: 108.8 total miles spread over 5 different trails
  • Fees:
    • + $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)

Allegheny National Forest North/Bradford Ranger District

These trails do not connect to one another

Rocky Gap ATV/Mountain Bike Trail

  • Rocky Gap ATV/Mountain Bike Trail: 21.9 miles (summer/winter )
  • Skill Level: Moderate / Advanced
  • Usage: Light
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATV’s < 50”, trail bikes, snowmobiles, horses, mountain bike
  • Closest Town: Warren PA
  • Trailhead: Access from Forest Rd 155, off  State Road 3005 (Pleasant Drive), 6 miles south of Warren
Rocky Gap Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

This trail system is made up of 2 separate larger loops – the northern loop is 11.1 miles and the southern loop is 10.8 miles. The south loop is “more difficult” and the northern route is “most difficult”.

The main challenge for riders is steep side slopes where caution is recommended. Not ideal for new riders.

These loops connect and can be done as a single ride without needing to trailer.

Both loops are for one way traffic only.

In the winter, ATVers share the trail with snowmobilers as this trail provides access to the Snowmobile Loop system.

US Forest Service: Rocky Gap ATV Trail

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Rocky Gap ATV Trail Map


Willow Creek ATV/Mountain Bike Trail

  • Willow Creek ATV/Mountain Bike Trail: 10.8 miles (summer)
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATV’s < 50”, trail bikes, mountain bike
  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Usage: Light
  • Closest Town: Bradford PA
  • Trailhead: Forest Rd 137, 2 miles south of State Rte 346 and 11 miles west of Bradford PA
Willow Creek Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

No restrooms at the trailhead or on the trail. (…grab a bush I guess)

It’s a one way trail through scenic forests on old roads. It’s rating is “more difficult”.

US Forest Service: Willow Creek ATV Trail

Willow Creek ATV Trail Map


Camping On Rocky Gap and Willow Creek ATV Trails

Free dispersed camping is allowed along the trail, but you must not block the trail.

Camping is not allowed at Rocky Gap or Willow Creek Trailheads.



Allegheny National Forest South / Marienville Ranger District

72 miles of interconnected trails. These are the best and most popular ATV trails in Pennsylvania. Expect crowds.

Penoke, Marienville, Timberline ATV/OHV Trail Brochure (with map)

Trails

Penoke Trail Marienville Trail and Timberline Trail map

Penoke ATV/OHM Trail

  • Penoke ATV/OHM Trail Mileage: 23.1 miles (summer)
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATV < 50”, motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles
  • Closest Town: Marienvill PA
  • Trailhead: Forest Road 521
  • US Forest Service: Penoke ATV/OHM Trail

Although ATVers can use this trail, it’s primarily recommended for OHMs.

It’s extremely rocky and twisty with a rating of “most difficult”.

Experienced motorcycle rider can finish this ride in a few hours, but ATVers need to plan for a full day adventure. It takes 4-6 hours for ATVs to complete this trail.

Definitely not recommended for new riders.

Camping allowed along the trail.


Marienville ATV/OHM Trail

  • Marienville ATV/OHM Trail Mileage: 14 miles (summer/winter)
  • Skill Level: Moderate/Advanced
  • Usage:  Heavy
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATVs < 64”, motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles
  • Closest Town: Marienville PA
  • Trailheads:
    • Main Trailhead: State Route 66 about 15 miles SW of Kane, PA and 11 miles NE of Marienville, PA
    • Rocket John Trailhead: Located off Forest Road 395 via State Route 66 just SW of the main State Route 66 trailhead

One way trail rated as “most difficult”. Scenic forested trail through the surrounding hills with several challenging hill climbs.

The hill out of Pigs Ear is paved with cement blocks to make the ride easier, but there is an easier bypass available as well.


Timberline ATV/OHM Trail

  • Timberline ATV/OHM Trail Mileage: 39 miles (summer / winter)
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATV < 64”, motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Usage:  Heavy
  • Closest Town: Kane PA / Marienville PA
  • Trailheads:
    • Main ATV Trailhead (heavy use): Forest Rd 232, 1 mile south of SR 948 / SR 66 intersection
    • Buehler Trailhead (light use): Township Rd 458 (FR 136), north of Buehler Corner
    • Pigs Ear Trailhead (heavy use): South of SR66, east of Chaffee

Camping On The Penoke, Marienville, Timberline Trail System

Free dispersed camping allowed along the trail, but you must not block the trail.

Free dispersed trailhead camping is also available at Timberline, Pine Camp, Rocket John and Penoke Trailheads.

Camping is not allowed at the Marienville and Pigs Ear Trailheads.


Buchanan State Forest

Martin Hill ATV Trail System/Sideling Hill/Ray’s Hill 

  • Location: Chaneysville PA
  • Trail Miles: 33 miles (summer)
    • Martin Hill in Bedford County: 18 miles
    • Sideling Hill/Ray’s Hill area of Fulton County: 15 miles
  • Skill Level: 55% Moderate / 45% Easy (approximate)
  • Fees: $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last weekend in September
  • Vehicles Allowed: Registered Class II ATVs < 58” and < 1,200 lbs. No motorcycles/dirt bikes allowed.

Martin Hill ATV Trail System

Martin Hill Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

These trails are a mix of old forest/logging service roads and trails that travel through a heavily wooded area. They’re a mix of easy and moderate.

There are some extremely narrow sections that are over grown with encroaching bushes and trees. Wear long sleeves so you don’t get scratched up.

Large loose rocks and some rocky hill climbs are as bad as it gets. Overall, not extremely technical, just not total newbie friendly.

Parking/Staging Areas

  • 326 Parking Area
    • GPS: 39° 52’ 24.6” N, 78° 30’ 33.1” W
    • From North: Take PA Route 326 south from US 30 for 11.3 miles to the mountain summit. ATV parking lot is on the left.
    • From South: Take PA Route 326 north from Chaneysville 4.4 miles to the mountain summit. ATV parking lot is on the right.
  • Refuge Trail Parking Area
    • GPS: 39° 51’ 29.4” N, 78° 32’ 40.4” W
    • From 326 Parking Area: Turn onto Blankley Rd, continue to Y intersection, and bear right to stay on Blankley Rd. ATV parking lot is about 0.7 miles on the left side of the road.
  • Tower Road Parking Area
    • GPS: 39° 49’ 58.4” N, 78° 31’ 53.9” W
    • From 326 Parking Area: Turn onto Blankley Rd, continue to Y intersection, and bear left onto Martin Hill Rd. ATV parking lot is at the mountain summit where Tower Road intersects.

Martin Hill ATV Trail Brochure (with map)


Sideling Hill/Ray’s Hill 

Sideling Hill and Ray's Hill Off roading area

Parking/Staging Areas

  • Wells Tannery Parking Area
    • GPS: 40° 4’ 59.7” N, 78° 10’ 10.5” W
    • From Route 30: Turn north onto PA Route 915 for 6.2 miles to Tannery Rd. Turn left onto Tannery Rd, go 0.2 miles to Cove Rd (or Ray’s Cove Rd), and turn left. The ATV parking lot is on the left about 0.6 miles.
  • Waterflat Trail Parking Area
    • GPS: 40° 4’ 19.9” N, 78° 10’ 41.9” W
    • From Wells Tannery Parking: Continue along Cove Rd. The ATV parking lot is on the left about 0.9 miles.
  • Childer’s Ridge Parking Area
    • GPS: , 40° 5’ 35.9” N, 78° 11’ 55.5” W
    • From Route 30: Turn north onto PA Route 915 for 8.3 miles to Sherman Valley Rd. Turn left
    • onto Sherman Valley Rd, go 0.3 miles to Childer’s Ridge Rd, and turn left. The ATV parking lot is on the right about 0.7 miles.

Sideling Hill/Ray’s Hill Brochure (with map)


Sproul State Forest

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail System/Bloody Skillet ATV Trails

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail

  • Location: Westport PA
  • Trail Miles: 50 miles (summer and winter)
  • Skill Level: Easy/Moderate/Advanced
  • Fees:  $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September. Reopens after deer season for winter riding
  • Vehicles Allowed: Class II ATV’s < 64” and < 1,800 lbs
Whiskey Springs Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

Miles of ATV trails in a former strip mining area that is still bare and scarred. Trails are on former mining and forest roads, so they’re primarily easy.

In addition to the surreal barren strip mines, riders will also enjoy beautiful, heavily forested rolling hills. There are seven scenic vistas where riders can enjoy the view as they ride.

In June, acres of mountain laurel begin to boom, covering the hill in delicate, light pink flowers.

Parking/Staging Areas

There are two main parking areas as well as several other small parking areas surrounding the riding area.

Two Main Parking Areas

  • Marker Post #36 (on map)(41.34132, -77.86864)
  • Boyer Rd / Two Mile Road Intersection (41.36806, -77.86572)

Limited Parking Areas

  • “Whiskey Springs” where an old woods road intersects Kettle Creek Road between Westport and Kettle Creek State Park (41.32859, -77.87774)
  • The intersection of Huling Branch and Two Mile Road (41.31909, -77.85785)
  • Before the gate on Shintown Run Road (41.38189, -77.86247)

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail Map


Bloody Skillet ATV Trails

  • Location: Orviston PA
  • Trail Miles: 38 miles (summer and winter)
  • Skill Level: Easy/Moderate/Advanced
  • Fees:  $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September. Reopens after deer season for winter riding
  • Vehicles Allowed: Class II ATV’s < 64” and < 1,800 lbs
Bloody Skillet Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

I estimate that about 96% of the trails are easy, with a few small moderate and advanced sections. Three old strip mining pits now serve as advanced riding areas.

This is a former strip mining area with most of the trails being former mining roads. In some parts, the land is still stripped bare, while other sections have begun to grow back.

Trails travel through forests and hills with some overlook vista areas to soak up the view.

Future plans include expanded riding opportunities in the area, but the timeline hasn’t been fully formalized.

Camping is allowed on the trail, but you need to purchase a camping permit at the District Office.

Parking/Staging Areas

Northern Parking Area

  • 5 miles south of DeHaas Road / Rt 144 intersection

Middle Parking Area

  • This is a smaller parking area located halfway between the northern and southern parking areas which are the main larger parking areas.

Southern Parking Area

  • Old Orviston Brickyard

Bloody Skillet ATV Trail (with map)

Susquehannock ATV Trail

  • Location: Coudersport PA
  • Trail Miles: 43 miles of multiple connected loops (summer)
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Fees:  $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September
  • Vehicles Allowed: Registered Class 1 and Class II ATVs
Susquehannock PA ATV Trail Map

This is one the nicest family friendly ATV trails in Pennsylvania. The entire trail system is on hard packed dirt and gravel that meanders through a forested area.

No cars, trucks, golf carts, dune buggies, or motorcycles allowed on the trail.


Camping At Susquehannock ATV Trail

Trailhead Camping

  • Rock Run Trailhead – free camping permit required
  • Sunken Branch Trailhead – free camping permit required

Susquehannock ATV Trail Brochure (with map)

Lyman Run State Park

This state park is not ride in / ride out.

Lyman Run State Park is at the end of a spur trail that ends at a trailhead parking area. You would have to trailer up here and ride to the campground. Space is limited at this trailhead, there is only room for five vehicles with trailers.

This is a great park with tons of amenities:

  • Swimming beach
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Drinking water
  • Flush toilets
  • 35 RV and tent campsites (29 with electricity)
  • Dump station
  • Showers with hot water
  • Food concession

Campgrounds is open from the second weekend in April to the end of deer season in December. Pets allowed in designated sites. Reservations accepted.

Lyman Run State Park

Parking/Staging Areas

This trail connects to the Sweden Twp. Road system, which is open to ATV’s, near the intersection of the Billy Lewis Road, Irish Farm Road, and US Rte. 6. These roads are also open to ATV use, so riders will find additional miles open to riding.

  • Forest District Office – Main Trailhead
    • Located on US Route 6 at Denton Hill. Lots of room for vehicles and trailers.
  • Sunken Branch Trailhead
  • This trailhead along Sunken Branch Road offers ample parking for trucks and vehicles with trailers. Camping permitted at this trailhead. A free permit is required.
  • Route 44 Trailhead
    • This trailhead along PA Route 44 offers ample parking for trucks and vehicles with trailers.
  • Rock Run Trailhead
    • This trailhead along Rock Run Road offers a small parking lot for trucks and vehicles with trailers. Camping permitted at this trailhead. A free permit is required.
  • Lyman Trailhead
    • There is a small ATV trailhead that is limited to five trailers and has a vault restroom. The food concession at Lyman Beach is within walking distance of the ATV trailhead. ATV use is not permitted beyond the trail and trailhead at the state park.

Offroading in PA

Delaware State Forest

  • Location: Pecks Pond PA
  • Trail Miles:
    • Maple Run Tract: 8 miles (summer)
    • Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area (Formerly Pohopoco Tract): 13 miles (summer and winter)
    • Burnt Mills ATV trail: 7 miles (summer and winter)
    • Dancing Ridge: 1,800 acres for disabled riders only (year round)
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Fees:  $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September. Reopens after deer season for winter riding
  • Vehicles Allowed: Registered Class I & Class II ATV’s < 58″ and < 1,200 lbs

Trailheads & Maps

Maple Run

Maple Run Trailhead: Parking area is off Route 402 – 1-3/4 miles north of the village of Pecks Pond

Maple Run Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

Maple Run Map


Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area

Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area Trailhead: Access is from Route 115 five miles south of I-80

Dixon Miller Recreation Area Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area Map


Burnt Mills ATV Trail

Burnt Mills ATV Trail Trailhead: Parking area is on Route 402 one mile south of Porters Lake

Burnt Mills Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

Burnt Mills ATV Trail Map

Bald Eagle State Forest

East Kettle Trail/2 Motorcycle Trails

  • Location: Bald Eagle State Forest / Glen Iron PA
  • Trails:
    • East Kettle ATV Trail: 20 miles (summer)
      • Vehicles Allowed: Registered Class I & II ATVs < 58” and < 1,200 lbs
      • Skill Level: Mixed skill levels – 96% Easy
    • Seven Mountains (Sand Mountain Dual Sport Trails): 90 miles (summer)
      • Vehicles Allowed: Street legal dual sport only! 650cc or smaller recommended. No motocross or unlicensed bikes permitted. No ATVs
      • Skill Level: Mixed
    • Shade Mountain OH Motorcycle Trails: 17 miles approx. (summer)
      • Vehicles Allowed: OHM (doesn’t have to be street legal). No ATVs
      • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Fees: $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open: Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September. Reopens after deer season for winter riding

East Kettle ATV Trail

East Kettle Pennsylvania ATV Trail Map

Most of these trails are easy and accessible to riders of all skill levels.

There are 3 short moderate sections and 1 short advanced section. These sections are completely optional and avoidable if you only want to ride the easy sections.

This trail system is on old logging and forest service roads which make for easy travel.

The moderate sections are overgrown with shrub encroaching on the trail, this makes them very narrow in parts. There are also big loose rocks. Be sure to wear long sleeves so you don’t get scratched up.

Trailhead is 3 miles south of Glen Iron along Route 235

East Kettle ATV Trail Brochure (with map)


Seven Mountains (Sand Mountain Dual Sport Trail System)

Seven Mountains / Sand Mountain Dual Sport Trail System Map
Seven Mountain / Sand Mountain Dual Sport Trail System Map

This trail has a mix of trails for all skill levels – forest road, drivable trail, double track and single track.

Advanced riders can enjoy the more challenging narrow, steep, rocky and off camber sections. These more advanced riding trails are optional and can be avoided if you’re not up for the challenge.

Trails are marked with a purple dual sport trail blaze.

Trailheads

Access is from two parking areas, one on the east side and one on the west side

Jack’s Mountain Parking Area: 3 miles south of Glen Iron along Route 235, on the west side of Rte. 235

Sand Mountain Trail Head: Along Rte. 322 West

Sand Mountain Dual Sport Trail System West Brochure (with map)


Shade Mountain OH Motorcycle Trails

Shade Mountain OH Motorcycle Trails Map

Lots of rocks!

Overall, Shade Mountain is geared more towards advanced riders. The trails are steep, rocky, narrow and off camber.

Mileage information about this trail is hard to come by. I dug deep and the best that I could find is that this trail is somewhere between 17 and 30 miles long. According to the map, it looks to be about 17 miles.

Trailhead

  • Off SR-235, 5.5 miles north of Mcalisterville, between Mcalisterville and Beaver Springs.

Shade Mountain OH Motorcycle Trails Map (riding area is at the bottom of the map in the center)

Michaux State Forest ATV Trail System

  • Location: Gardners PA
  • Trail Miles: 35 miles (summer) / 42 miles (winter)
  • Skill Level: Easy / Moderate / Advanced
  • Fees: $20 every 2 years for ATV title and registration (required to ride)
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open:Memorial Day weekend – last Sunday in September. Reopens after deer season for winter riding 
  • Vehicles Allowed: Registered Class II ATVs. No dual sport or dirt bikes allowed
Michaux State Forest ATV trail system map

This trail system has a good mix of trails for riders of all skill levels. Old logging roads and forest service roads are perfect for beginners while more advance riders will enjoy the narrow, steep rocky climbs of Rocky Pass and Grave Ridge.

The trail breakdown is about 40% easy, 55% moderate and 5% advanced.

In the winter, ATVs share parts of the trail with snowmobiles.

Trailheads

  • Big Flat along Shippensburg Road about 1-1/4 miles north of its intersection with State Route 233
  • Piney Mountain Parking lot on Bendersville Road south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Michaux State Forest ATV Trail System

For more great riding in Pennsylvania, check out ATV Parks In PA

  • ATVs are required to be registered and insured to ride the ATV trails in Pennsylvania
  • ATV trails on state forest lands are open Memorial Day weekend – last weekend in September
  • Pennsylvania has special rules for disabled riders that allow them additional trail access. A DCNR permit is required.
  • There are 777 miles of ATV trails in Pennsylvania state forests + 100 miles of ATV trails in Allegheny National Forest.
  • All ATVs in Pennsylvania must by registered and titled with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. $20 every two years.
  • Some ATV trails open again after deer season for winter use
  • Winter season is from mid-December to April 1. Check with the forest district for winter use restrictions.

While riding your ATV, you must carry with you or on the vehicle:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Registration plate affixed to the vehicle
  • Expiration stickers (does not apply to limited registration)
  • Valid safety certificate (ages 8-15 if riding off of parent’s or guardian’s property)
  • Pennsylvania has special rules regarding youth operators

Pennsylvania ATV Laws Brochure


Out Of State Riders

  • Non-resident registration is accepted if the following apply:
    • The other state has a registration program in effect
    • The machine from the other state displays a current registration sticker from that state
    • The other state must accept a PA registered ATV’s (reciprocity)

Pennsylvania Youth Operator Rules

  • Children under 8 years old are not allowed to operate an ATV on state property
  • Youth operators ages 8-15 are required to complete an ATV safety training course and receive an ATV training certificate to ride on public ATV trails in Pennsylvania
  • Children 8-9 years old can only ride ATVs with engine sizes 70cc or less

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