Snowmobile trails open Tuesday

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The Allegheny National Forest will formally open its snowmobile trails on Tuesday.

There may not be enough snow for trail grooming at that point, but the trails will be open.

Trails for ATVs and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) will remain closed until the ground freezes.

“The ANF has approximately 365 miles of snowmobile trails in interconnected loops and another 52 miles of trails used for both snowmobiles and ATV/OHMs,” according to a release from Acting Public Affairs Officer Collin Shephard. “Maintained snowmobile trails will not be groomed until there is a significant amount of snow on the ground. The ANF’s recreation staff updates the snowmobile trail conditions report every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.”

“Many of the forest’s trails are used by multiple user groups, so use caution as you may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, and skiers at any time,” according to Shephard. Users of connector trail 12 — McCray’s Pond — are asked to exercise caution due to an ongoing drainage project and trail flooding. That trail will be closed if safety and trail conditions deteriorate.

“The forest’s ATV/OHM trails will remain closed until weather conditions allow for the substantial ground freezing needed to minimize trail impacts,” Shephard said. “The ANF will send out a news release and post notifications of ATV/OHM status on the forest’s website.

The report can be found under the quick links at www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny/.

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