Sproul State Forest trails now open to larger ATVs

RENOVO — The Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trails will allow larger registered all-terrain-vehicles to use the trails in the 2017 riding season, according to a news release from state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven.

The two trails in Sproul State Forest will allow vehicles up to 64 inches in width and weighing up to 1,800 pounds.

The pilot program also will allow the larger vehicles on the Susquehannock ATV Trail as well during the fall 2017 riding season that begins on the first day after the regular or extended deer season ends.

The riding season closes April 1, 2018, or earlier, depending on weather conditions.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is responsible for the riding regulations.

“For quite some time, it has been my desire to see our state modernize its rules to allow for more legal ATV recreational opportunities,” Hanna said. “This policy change will bring more tourists to our communities and gives every rider an opportunity to enjoy Penn’s Woods. I commend DCNR for this decision and look forward to more positive changes to come.”

Pennsylvania hosts 11 designated riding trails with a total length of almost 270 miles as well as trails in the Allegheny National Forest. Nine of the trails currently permit Class II ATVs, including those in the pilot program. Class II machines can measure up to 58 inches in length with a maximum weight of 1,200 pounds.

There also are two Class I trails, which have a size limit of 50 inches and a weight limit of 1,200 pounds.

Hanna reminds all riders that the driver must wear a helmet for head protection while operating an ATV.