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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 routes and 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

2022 Regional ATV Connector Pilot Survey

DCNR is seeking feedback about the 2022 Regional ATV Connector Pilot summer riding season with an online survey. Responses are due by Friday, November 18, 2022.

The results of the survey will be used to improve the administration and guide potential expansion of the ATV Regional Connector Pilot for the 2023 riding season.

2022 Pilot Permit

Pilot permit sales have closed with the ending of the 2022 riding season.

Permit sales for the 2023 riding season will open in spring of 2023. Watch for a press release and web page updates to learn when permits will begin to be sold.

2022 Pilot Riding Area

The 2022 ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot area will center upon Potter and Tioga counties, but will also include parts of Clinton and Lycoming counties. The 2022 map has not yet been finalized.

For 2022 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:

  • 397 miles of township roads
  • 22 miles of PennDOT-administered roads newly open to ATV use
  • 57 miles of state forest roads and trails

Pilot Riding Season

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.

The 2022 summer riding season begins on Friday, May 27, 2022 and closes on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Riding Permit, Connector Pass

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

Please note, 2021 fees applied to the prorated portion (the last half) of the summer 2021 riding season when the 2021 Pilot began.

Fees for the full riding season in 2022 are:

  • $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

In-Person Option

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

  • Monday through Friday -- 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
  • Extended hours on Fridays (Susquehannock only) -- 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • Saturdays (Susquehannock only) -- 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Hours will be subject to change throughout the riding season.

Mail-In Option

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 as soon as possible.

Public Information Webinar

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

Webinar Presentation Slides (PDF)

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.