DCNR Opens Northcentral Regional ATV Trail for 2024 Season

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced the opening of the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail for the 2024 riding season. The trail, which spans 650 miles across Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, and Tioga counties, opened on Friday and will remain accessible until Sunday, September 29, 2024.

The riding areas are clearly marked, but riders must familiarize themselves with legal routes. “We are excited for a fun, safe summer of ATV riding on this trail and thank our state and local partners for making this opportunity possible,” said State Forester Seth Cassell. He reminded riders to adhere to all rules and be mindful of the impacts of riding, including noise and wildlife disturbance.

Key trails within the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail include Whiskey Springs, Haneyville, and Susquehannock. The trail encompasses more than 450 miles of township roads, 163 miles of state forest roads and trails, and 40 miles of PennDOT-administered roads.

Bridge repairs on Cross Fork Creek Road in Susquehannock State Forest will begin after mid-June and continue through the end of the riding season. This will affect the Cross Fork to Germania area. DCNR is working on an alternative route, but there may be a period without a detour.

Riders should stay informed through DCNR advisories on the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail web page. The trail will operate through the 2025 riding season, as directed by the Fiscal Code in the 2023-2024 state budget.

This program responds to increased ATV purchases and public demand for riding opportunities. It aims to offer long-distance riding while supporting local economies and protecting state forests. DCNR recently revised its policy, lifting a moratorium on new trails that had been in place since 2003.

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Public and private cooperation made the program possible, including participation from local townships. Positive rider behavior, such as observing speed limits, riding in smaller groups, and staying on designated trails, will help maintain community relationships and ensure the program’s sustainability.

Permits are required for using the designated PennDOT and State Forest Connector Roads. For 2024, permits will cost $40 for Pennsylvania-registered ATVs and $60 for non-Pennsylvania registered ATVs. The fees will offset the program’s implementation and management costs.

With the expansion of this program, DCNR hopes to provide safe and enjoyable riding experiences while boosting local communities and preserving the natural beauty of Pennsylvania’s state parks.

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