PTRA announces a scheduled Trail Work Day October 24 on both Jacks Mountain (east side) or Sand Mountain (west side). This is a great way to meet club members, get involved, and help maintain our single-track trail system, the only one of its kind on public land. Bring water, bug spray, snacks, and a sense of humor. Meet at the Jacks Mountain (off 235) or Sand Mountain (off 322) parking area at 9:30am. Please follow this link to sign up.
Sand Mountain Trails Work Day 9 AM, May 2, 2021 Meet at the Sand Mountain Parking area. Bring hand tools, work clothing, insect repellent, snacks and water. We will be clearing brush and repairing trails.
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We are planning a work day for October 4, 2020 at 9am for the Shade Mountain trails. We will be meeting at the RT 235 Shade Mtn parking lot. The rain date is scheduled for October 18, 2020. If you plan on coming out to help, please register below so that our Trail Boss can let you know of any last minute changes
If you are riding Bull Hollow pay attention , the end near Henstep foot trail has two bypass trails around the wet areas. Stay off the main trail. Look for the trails where downed trees and brush lay. The old part of the trail is blocked so please do not move the blockade.
Big thanks to the PTRA members that worked with DCNR and helped preserved Bull Hollow so everyone can ride and enjoy.
DCNR Announces Opening of ATV Trails in State Forests
Harrisburg, PA– Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that opening day statewide for all All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in state forests will be Tuesday, May 19.
Dunn noted this is occurring several days before the start of the normal season – typically the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday – to reduce opening weekend crowding and provide more opportunities for social distancing.
“In most years, the opening weekend and other holiday weekends throughout the summer tend to draw large amounts of ATV enthusiasts to trails,” Dunn said. “While ATV riders ride on separate machines at distances farther apart than six feet, the parking areas will be crowded on the bigger weekends, including the opener.
“DCNR is opening the trails several days early to spread out the crowds and allow for greater social distancing practices as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Dunn said.
The opening date also applies to designated motorcycle trails in Bald Eagle State Forest, including a dual sport trail running through the Seven Mountains region and a trail for off-highway motorcycles on Shade Mountain.
ATV riding is only permitted on designated trails in Pennsylvania state forests. State forest roads, state parks, and state game lands are not open to ATV riding.
All ATVs in Pennsylvania — except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes — need to beregistered and titled. There are approximately 170,000 registered ATVs in Pennsylvania. All ATV registrations scheduled to expire through May 31 have been extended until June 30, 2020.
Rangers and forest district staff are actively patrolling and will enforce regulations.
People who live in areas still under stay-at-home orders should not travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and instead should look for opportunities close to home. ATV riders are encouraged to use the trail system closest to their home and to keep riding opportunities on private recreation areas in mind as well.
To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and protect others, and still enjoy the outdoors:
Don’t recreate in groups – go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)
Wear a mask if you will encounter other people
Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
If you are sick, stay home
Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.
Information aboutATV riding in state parks and forests is available on the DCNR website. Updates also are being provided on DCNR’sFacebook and Twitter accounts.
MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady,717-877-6315
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