4 Best Off-Road Parks in Pennsylvania
Whether you’re a seasoned off-roader or a first-timer, the trails in Pennsylvania offer something for everyone. The state’s mountainous terrain provides the ideal backdrop for a number of popular off-road parks, with thousands of acres of trails available for exploration. Learn more about the top four: Rausch Creek, The Lost Trails, Mountain Ridge, and Rock Run.
Rausch Creek Off-Road Park
Hours of Operation: Friday and Saturday, 8am – 6pm; Sunday, 8am – 5pm. Drivers wishing to visit Monday – Thursday must make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 453 Molleystown Road, Pine Creek, Pennsylvania 17963
Cost of Admission: Annual membership is $15 for ages 16+; must be a member to use trails. Daily entrance fee is $40 for vehicle and driver and $7 for each passenger. Children ages 15 and younger receive free entry
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs
Rausch Creek Off-Road Park has been in operation since the spring of 2003, and offers more than 3,000 acres of land for off-road enthusiasts. Those looking for a unique challenge should check out Rock Creek, which is a large glacial deposit in the West section of the park. Here, larger vehicles can attempt to tackle the huge boulders, which are packed so closely in parts that only a handful of trees have been able to survive.
Primitive campsites are available, and are included in the price of admission. Reservations for camping are required ahead of time to ensure you get a spot.
The Lost Trails ATV Adventures
Hours of Operation: Dec – March: Friday through Sunday, 9am – 5pm; April – November: Thursday through Monday, 9am – 5pm
Location: 1000 Dunham Drive, Dunmore, Pennsylvania 18512
Cost of Admission: Day passes: $37 (adult), $27 (child under 18); Season passes, special rates, and group rates also available
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Utility quads, sport quads, side x sides, dirt bikes
The Lost Trails ATV Adventures features more than 2,000 acres of varying terrain that follow along a mountainside. With an elevation change of up to 2,000 feet, this is one park that’s not for the faint-hearted. Luckily, trails are clearly marked and color coded for difficulty, and the park offers guided tours for less experienced off-roaders.
There are also three riding areas for children, so the whole family can get in on the fun.
Mountain Ridge ATV Park
Hours of Operation: May – November: 9am – 6pm every day (closed on Tuesdays)
Location: 517 Boone Road, Central City, Pennsylvania
Cost of Admission: $15 per person Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; $25 per person weekends and holidays. Season passes and group rates also available
Types of Vehicles Allowed: ATVs, dirt bikes
Mountain Ridge ATV Park primarily offers more than 2,500 acres of off-road trails, with access to an additional 500 acres. The park has a nice mixture of rolling hills for novice riders, and extreme rock climbing for more experienced visitors. Trails are well-marked with three levels—easy, medium, and hard—available.
In addition, the park has seasonal and daily camping with a total of 27 campsites with electrical hookups.
Rock Run Recreation Area
Hours of Operation: April – May: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 7pm; June – September: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 7pm; October: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – dusk
Location: 1288 St. Lawrence Road, Patton, Pennsylvania 16668
Cost of Admission: One-day driver: $21 (Friday – Sunday), $13 (Wednesday and Thursday); one-day passenger: $13 (Wednesday – Sunday); two-day passes and season passes also available
Types of Vehicles Allowed: ATVs, dirt bikes, side x sides, OHVs (price increase for latter)
Rock Run Recreation Area provides more than 140 miles of off-road trails in the heart of Pennsylvania. Offering stunning vistas of the Allegheny Mountains, the trails at Rock Run are designed for a wide variety of off-road vehicles so that any and all riders will find something to enjoy.
Rock Run is also home to 350 primitive campsites which are available for the low price of $12 per night for a group of six.