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​ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot

ATV enthusiasts can find a new opportunity for riding trails in northcentral Pennsylvania that comprise the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot.

As the term “pilot” suggests, the Regional Trail Connector is a new program that connects ATV riding opportunities on existing trails overseen by different governing authorities.

ATV riders will have the unique opportunity for long-distance travel by permit on:

  • Designated state forest trails and roads
  • Designated local (township, borough) roads
  • Specific state routes in the region

Public Information Webinar

DCNR hosted a public information webinar about the trail connector pilot program on Wednesday August 25, 2021. A recording of the webinar is now available.

Webinar Presentation Slides (PDF)

2021 Pilot Riding Area

The 2021 ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot area spans Potter and Tioga counties, but does not include the entirety of both counties.

For riding area details, please see the:

Riders are encouraged to travel the preferred route, but are free to ride any trail or road in the area that is designated open to this use.

Responsibility falls on riders to plan their route and use only designated trails and roads, while avoiding those that are not open to ATV use.

ATV riding opportunities within this pilot area are as follows:

  • 208 miles of township roads currently open to ATV use
  • 12 miles of PennDOT-administered roads newly open to ATV use
  • 14 miles of state forest roads and trails newly open to ATV use

2021 Pilot Riding Season

Opening day for the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot is scheduled for Friday, July 16, 2021.

The riding season is set to follow the summer ATV trail season designation, which normally operates from the Friday preceding Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September.

Riding Permit, Connector Pass

Riding the ATV Regional Connector Trail Pilot requires the purchase of a yearly permit.

Fees for the 2021 riding season will be:

  • $20.00 for Pennsylvania-registered ATVs
  • $30.00 for ATVs registered in another state

Please note, these fees apply to the prorated portion (the last half) of the summer 2021 riding season.

Fees for the full riding season in 2022 will be:

  • $40.00 for Pennsylvania-registered ATVs
  • $60.00 for ATVs registered in another state

Permits are accompanied by a decal which must be visibly displayed upon the machine for which the permit is secured.

How to Obtain Permits

For the 2021 season, permits can be obtained through the following methods:

In-Person

Riders can purchase permits in-person through the Tioga, Tiadaghton, or Susquehannock State Forest offices during the following days and times:

  • Monday through Friday -- 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

  • Friday -- 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. for Susquehannock State Forest district office

  • Saturday -- 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

  • Sunday -- 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for Susquehannock State Forest district office.

Mail-In

Riders can obtain a permit by downloading, printing, and filling out the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Application for Permit (PDF) and sending with check or money order to:

Mira Lloyd Dock Center
137 Penn Nursery Road
Spring Mills, PA 16875
ATTN: Pilot Permit

Applications will be processed in the order they are received and mailed back to applicants within 3-5 business days of receipt.

Pilot Program Evaluation

DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is implementing a comprehensive monitoring program that will evaluate the impact of the ATV Regional Connector Trail Pilot on:

  • Local communities
  • Ecological values
  • Other state forest users and recreational values
  • Bureau of Forestry operations, staffing, and law enforcement capacity
  • Public safety
  • Impacts to adjacent public lands and natural resources

The monitoring program also will evaluate the effectiveness of the special permit; the adequacy of funding for continued operation of the trail; and the need for additional education, outreach, and trail marketing.

Public Input On Pilot Program

The public may provide comments during the length of the pilot program to DCNR.

Report On Pilot Program

By December 31, 2023, DCNR will publish a report about the pilot project for further evaluation and stakeholder input.