OHV Riding & Camping

Choose from the following to find a site: trail sign for Timberline ATV trail


Take a trip on the over 100-miles of ATV and OHV trails available on the Allegheny National Forest. 

Enjoy 76 miles of interconnecting trail on the Penoke, Marienville and Timberline Trails if  you're looking for a longer ride. Want a quick afternoon on the trails? Check out Rocky Gap or Willow Creek. 


For a permit application and a list of vendors go to the Recreation Passes page.

Pennsylvania State Regulations for the operation of ATV's/Dirt Bikes/etc. can be found on the Pennsylvania DCNR website.


Juvenile Requirements

Up to 8 years old - If your child is required to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat in your vehicle, the same is required for an ATV. The only way you can install a child safety seat or booster seat in an ATV is if you have a side-by-side that comes with manufacturer installed seat belts. No children under 8 may ride double on an ATV or dirt bike.

8-15 years old - Must have completed ATV Safety Training and have a valid Safety Certificate with them while on the trail. They must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older.


Protect the environment

  • Minimize erosion by staying on trails and not cutting switchbacks.
  • Avoid wet, muddy areas as they are more susceptible to erosion. Meadows, lake shores, stream banks and vegetation are easily damaged.
  • Do not ride on snow-covered roads!
  • Teach new riders trail etiquette—lead by example.
  • Don’t litter. Pack out more than your share.


Ride safely, stay in control

  • The forest is for everyone. Be considerate of hikers and equestrians.
  • Yield right-of-way to other trail users. Horses spook when they see an unfamiliar object, especially one which moves quickly and quietly.
  • Control your speed at all times and approach turns in anticipation of someone around the bend. Reckless riding and high downhill speeds are not appropriate.
  • Wear your helmet and protective gear.


Plan your trip

  • Be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
  • Don’t ride alone. Tell someone where you plan to go and then stick to your plans.
  • Don’t take unnecessary chances—help for emergencies may be miles away.
  • Make sure you have a first aid kit and other safety gear with you when riding in the forest.


Follow vehicle regulations

  • No passengers are allowed on all-terrain vehicles, unless vehicles are designed to carry passengers.
  • All vehicles must be registered and licensed. Non-street legal "red sticker" vehicles have a limited operating period on the forest.
  • Obey all traffic signs. State traffic laws apply to all national forest roads; violations are reported to the state department of motor vehicles.
  • Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, use cars, motorbikes, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles only for entering or leaving, unless directed otherwise.
  • Park only in designated parking areas.
  • Do not block, restrict, or interfere with the use of roads, trails and gates.
  • Spark arresters, mufflers, and brakes are required for motorized vehicles.
  • Don’t drink and ride. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all trail systems or in recreation areas. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities