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Bald Eagle State Forest Advisories

Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail Winter Closure

Due to maintenance, impact, and safety concerns, the dual sport motorcycle trail has been reclassified as a summer trail only. Questions or concerns about the reclassification can be directed to the Bald Eagle State Forest district office at 570-922-3344.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all, or portions of Bald Eagle State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors in the DMA.

Winter Road Conditions

All roads within Bald Eagle State Forest (including Ground Oak Trail and North Sand Mountain Trail) are not maintained for winter weather conditions and users must exercise extreme caution.

State forest roads are “travel at your own risk” and may be designated for snowmobile use. Visitors whose vehicles become stuck will be required to contact a towing/vehicle removal service for road assistance.

Don’t Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.