ANF to Close ATV/OHM Trails on Sept. 26

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WARREN, Pa. — The Forest Service will close all all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle trails on Allegheny National Forest at 11:59 pm on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

ATV/OHM trails will remain closed through the fall, with the following exceptions:

— The Marienville and Timberline trails will be open for Columbus Day weekend to give riders an opportunity to enjoy the autumn foliage. Trails will open at 8 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 8, and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11. The Willow Creek, Rocky Gap, and Penoke Trails will remain closed.

— Tour de Forest Trail Ride in partnership with Marienville Volunteer Fire Department. Oct. 2 and 3, 2021. Registered event participants ONLY. Designated event routes ONLY. https://www.marienville-fire.com/

Riding the ATV/OHM trails requires a permit, which is valid through the end of the calendar year. The 2021 ATV/OHM permit cost, mail-in forms, vendors, and directions for electronic submissions can be found on the Forest website.

Riders are reminded the east side of the “D” Loop on the Timberline ATV Trail is closed for construction. This project is funded with recreation user fees collected from the sale of ATV/OHM permits and is the second phase of the improvements accomplished in June on this trail segment. The work involves the placement of paver blocks on the north side of the Twin Lick Run.

Forest Service staff will monitor ATV/OHM trail conditions for potential winter use.

“We are hopeful that weather conditions with sustained cold temperatures may allow us to open some trails for winter riding,” said Ranger Rob Fallon.

He also noted winter use of the ATV/OHM trail system requires sustained cold temperatures that freeze the trail surface and push frost into the ground.

Forest staff will issue a news release and post information on the Allegheny National Forest Website and social media when ATV/OHM trail status changes. Please verify if trails are open before riding.

Forest visitors are requested to practice outdoor ethics such as the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principles. Many of the trails are open for multiple uses. Riders should employ caution as they may encounter obstacles, vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, skiers, or hikers at any time. Trail conditions can be challenging, and riders are encouraged to consider their skill level when evaluating whether to use any trail.