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​​​Advisories for Sproul State Forest

Pfoutz Valley Road Closure

Pfoutz Valley Road and the connector to Shepard Road will be closed for a three-day period between Monday, July 8, 2024, and Friday, July 19, 2024, for a road resurfacing project.

The road closure will not be in effect for Friday, July 12, 2024, or Friday, July 19, 2024.

Stay Alert for ATVs on Roads

Sproul State Forest participates in the ATV Regional Trail Connector program, which includes some PennDOT and township roads in addition to legal opportunities on state forest trails and roads.

Motorists are advised to stay alert for ATVs, crossings, and signage.

Dust Advisory for ATV Regional Trail Connector

Roads are exceptionally dusty due to extremely dry conditions. To help minimize this issue, please consider these actions:

  • Ride in small groups to keep dust down.
  • If you are part of a large group, please consider postponing your ride until a later date.
  • Opt to ride only the state forest trail system.

The Regional ATV Connector is a partnership between local municipalities, PennDOT, and DCNR to make long distance riding opportunities available.

It takes all of these partners to make these connections possible, so reducing impacts during these extreme conditions is very important to the long-term sustainability of the program.

Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet and ATV Trails

The Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trails have resumed ​normal winter/summer seasonal operations.

​Please visit ​the Sproul State Forest ATV Riding webpage​ for more information.

Areas Closed to Firewood Cutting

The following roads and areas on Sproul State Forest were closed to firewood cutting from Sunday, May 14, 2023, through Thursday, August 31, 2023, due to summer bat habitat restrictions.

Firewood cutting restrictions during the 2024 season will likely be similar in timing and duration.

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.

Learn more and find answers to Whiskey Springs-Bloody Skillet Connectivity Study Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).​

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.