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Advisories for Sproul State Forest

Pfoutz Valley Road Closure

Pfoutz Valley Road will be closed to through traffic between Summerson Mountain Road and Big Ridge Trail from 7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Friday, September 16, 2022 due to road work. 

The completion date could change if unfavorable weather conditions slow the progress of work. 

Please contact the district office for up-to-date information.

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail Closure 

The Whiskey Springs ATV Trail will be closed for the 2022 winter ATV riding season.  

A limited summer riding season begins on May 27, 2022 and closes on September 25, 2022.  

Work has started on the reclamation project for the abandoned strip mines south of Area 36, with an expected completion time of fall 2022 or spring 2023. 

The entire trail system will be closed Mondays through Thursdays and open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the reclamation project is completed. The closure is necessary due to heavy truck traffic on Two Mile Road.  

Ten miles of trail system in the vicinity of the construction site will be permanently closed for the duration of the project.  

Please see the Whiskey 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.

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

Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

The Bloody Skillet ATV Trail will open for the winter atv riding season on January 18, 2022, and close March 31, 2022.

The summer riding season starts on May 27, 2022 and closes on September 25, 2022.  Regular maintenance work is scheduled for this trail system during the field season.

Areas Closed to Firewood Cutting

The following roads and areas on Sproul State Forest will be closed to firewood cutting from Saturday, May 14, 2022, through Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 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.