Forest Service announces Winter 2020-2021 Snowmobile Update for the Allegheny National Forest
WARREN, PA (December 11, 2020) – The USDA Forest Service announces the opening of snowmobile season at 8 AM on December 18, 2020 in the Allegheny National Forest. The Forest would like to inform all winter recreationalists of several important changes in snowmobile use for the 2020-2021 winter season.
Forest Road 262 (Longhouse Scenic Byway) will be closed to snowmobile use this winter. In addition, FR 141 will be closed at FR 262 to snowmobile use. These closures are the result of road construction on FR 262 this winter.
The Willow Creek Snowmobile Club (WCSC) has worked with the Bradford City Water Authority, Collins Pine Company, and Pine Acres Country Club to secure 19 miles of new club trails adjacent to the Forest. These trails will be opening this season and are accessible from trail 1A. More information is available at the WCSC website: https://willowcreeksnomobi.wixsite.com/wcsc/trails.
The ANF has approximately 365 miles of interconnected snowmobile trails and loops, and another 52 miles of trails used for both snowmobiles and ATV/OHMs, when conditions permit. Multiple user groups enjoy the Forest’s trails in the wintertime too, so use caution as you may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, dog sled teams and cross-country skiers at any time. Please be aware that maintained snowmobile trails will not be groomed until there is a significant amount of snow on the ground.
Trail condition reports will begin when adequate snow is received. Updated twice weekly, or when conditions warrant, snowmobile trail conditions are under the quick link menu at https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/allegheny/recreation/wintersports.
They can also be accessed by calling one of the ANF’s offices and then following the prompts: Bradford Ranger District: 814.362.4613; Marienville Ranger District: 814.927.6628 or the Supervisor’s Office: 814.723.5150.
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Some of the World’s Best Snowmobiling Can be Found Right Here in PA!
From Highland Mountain vistas to Allegheny’s majestic hardwood forests, from the Pocono’s snow-covered Hickory Run, the weaving trails of Armenia Mountain, the mountains of the Laurel Highlands, to the natural beauty of North Western Pa. the coolest winter riding is right here!
Groomed trails await you, rustic inns, restaurants, hotels and resorts welcome you, and friendly, helpful people will make your cool winter riding experience warm and memorable.
With 6,000 miles of marked trails to explore, 1/2 are on public lands and 1/2 are private land trails, you’ll run out of winter long before you run out of places to snowmobile in Pennsylvania. So hop on your sled and Blaze a Trail!
Riding on State Game Lands, where permitted, begins the third Sunday in January.
Contact local clubs for trails on private land open to the public. Our snowmobile clubs maintain 1/2 of all trails.
Riding on State Lands
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reminds us that spring, summer and fall are not the only times to enjoy Pennsylvania state parks. Visitors find a surprising number of activities that are best enjoyed in the snowy landscape.
Most parks offer designated snowmobile trails for exploration. Others designate large, open spaces for snowmobiling. State parks also provide trailhead access to snowmobile trails on state forest land. Find out where snowmobile trails are in state parks and forests, or call 888-PA-PARKS for a copy of the printed publication.
And please remember, in order to ride on State lands:
- A snowmobile must be properly registered with the snowmobile unit in the Bureau of Forestry, DCNR, and have the permit visibly displayed.
- Any youth under the age of 16 MUST have safety certification before they can operate a snowmobile off their parents’ property.
- All riders are required to wear an approved helmet.
- Liability insurance is required.