The ATV/Bike trails close annually on the last Sunday of September to allow for maintenance of the system. Annual heavy maintenance will occur over the entire system and block paving will occur on several hill climbs. According to Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon, “accomplishing this maintenance in October and November takes advantage of the good fall weather and provides a better, safer system for our riders.”
The Timberline, Marienville ATV and Rocky Gap trails are scheduled to re-open for winter riding on December 20, 2012, however winter riding is always dependent on weather conditions so riders are strongly encouraged to call ahead for condition updates. Trail passes are required for riding the ATV trail system and can be obtained at any of the three Allegheny National Forest offices or at local participating vendors.
Additional information on the ATV trail system can be obtained by contacting the Supervisor’s Office (814-723-5150), the Bradford Ranger District (814-362-4613), the Marienville Ranger District (814-927-6628), or by visiting the Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny. The Allegheny National Forest has also announced that the replacement of two toilets on the ATV trail system will begin on September 24, 2012.
The toilet upgrades will occur at the FR 395 trailhead and the Marienville main trailhead. The FR 395 trailhead will be closed at that time to allow for unimpeded equipment access and provide for public safety. The parking/camping area will not be open for public use on the last weekend of September. The Marienville Main trailhead toilet will be removed October 1, 2012, and will not be available for walk-in use until installation is complete. It is anticipated that all trailhead work will be completed by October 5, 2012.
This work is being done in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Trails Foundation under a Secure Rural Schools Title II grant.
Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the Marienville Ranger District at (814) 927-6628.