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Advisories for Sproul State Forest

Whiskey Springs ATV Trail Closure 

The Whiskey Springs Trail System is closed for the Winter 2023 riding season and will reopen on Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Work on the reclamation project for the abandoned strip mines south of Area 36 is expected to be completed this spring. 

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

Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

The summer riding season starts on Friday, May 29, 2023.  

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 Sunday, May 14, 2023, through Thursday, August 31, 2023, 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.