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Advisories for Sproul State Forest

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail Partial Closure 

On Monday, August 9, 2021, the Whiskey Springs ATV Trail will be closed during the weekdays, Monday through Thursday, for acid mine remediation construction work.

Approximately 40 miles of trail will be open for ATV riding on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the summer riding season.

Approximately 10 miles of the Whiskey Springs ATV Trail will be closed for the duration of the project. This area is located near Huling Branch, south of the Area 36 parking trailhead. The Area 36 trailhead will be closed for the duration of the reclamation project. 

Please see the Whisky Springs ATV Trail Closure Map (PDF) for details.

The trailheads that will be open to ATV parking from Friday to Sunday are:

  • Whiskey Springs
  • Huling Branch
  • Boyer Road
  • Shintown Run

Riders should be alert for barricades and signage. Trails entering the closed area will be blockaded and posted with signs.

If evidence of riding in the closed area is found -- resulting in safety concerns for the contractor -- the entire Whiskey Springs ATV Trail will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Whiskey Springs ATV Trail will not reopen for the winter riding season in January 2022.

Please contact the Sproul District Office with questions about the closure or the reclamation project.

Areas Closed to Firewood Cutting

The following roads and areas on Sproul State Forest will be closed to firewood cutting from Saturday, May 15, 2021, through Tuesday, August 31, 2021, due to summer bat habitat restrictions:

North Side:

  • Carrier
  • Oak Ridge
  • Graham
  • Kingston
  • Rattlesnake
  • East Ferney
  • Left Hand Branch Sugar Camp
  • Cattaraugus
  • Crowley
  • Onion Run
  • Rock Run
  • Cole Run
  • Cooks Run

South Side:

  • Bakers Run
  • Revelton
  • Peacock
  • Sand Spring
  • Temp Smith
  • DeHaas
  • Eddy Ridge
  • State Line
  • Panther
  • Kato-Orviston
  • Marsh Creek Trail
  • Clubhouse
  • Red Buck/Hall Road
  • McCloskey Trail

Whiskey Springs-Bloody Skillet Connectivity Study

A study to determine the feasibility of connecting the Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trail systems is complete.

Read the Whiskey Springs-Bloody Skillet Connectivity Study Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to learn more.

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.