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Rocky Gap, Marienville ATV Trails To Open

The Allegheny National Forest will open the Rocky Gap and Marienville all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle trails at 8 a.m. Saturday.

While Timberline Trail is also open, the Willow Creek and Penoke Trails will remain closed.

Permits are required to ride the forest’s ATV/OHM trails. Permits are valid through the end of the calendar year. Information on how to secure a permit can be found on the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/allegheny/passes-permits/recreation.

According to Ranger Rob Fallon, trails will remain open until conditions no longer support winter use. Such time includes sustained warming temperatures, evidence of damage to the trail surface, and unsafe icing conditions.

“We are hopeful that weather conditions will allow us to keep trails open for winter riding,” Fallon said. “Forest Service staff will monitor ATV/OHM trail conditions including evidence of trail damage and unsafe icing conditions.”

Winter trail conditions are more challenging, and users are encouraged to consider their skill level when evaluating whether to use any trail. Trails have snow cover in excess of a foot in segments; however, they are not groomed. Other segments may be icy.

The forest will update information on the public website and social media when ATV/OHM trail access changes. Check access and trail conditions prior to use. Restrooms remain closed at the trailheads.

Visitors should practice outdoor ethics such as Leave No Trace principles and Tread Lightly. Users may encounter vehicles, groomers, snowshoers, skiers, or hikers at any time on these multiple use trails.

For more information about recreational activities on the ANF go to www.fs.usda.gov/main/allegheny/home.

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