Spring Fever!

Some guys just can’t wait for spring!

The boys got some new saws and they were just itchin to to use them.   The trail bosses are already hard at work this year riding and clearing the trail system of downed trees.  The last few Nor’Easters have not been kind to the trail system.  There are many downed trees on all the trails.  I’m sure we will have many more come down as the storms of spring wind up.

PaTRA has already logged 36 man hours on the trail this year, AMAZING!

Big thanks to all the guys and gals who have volunteered and dedicated their time to work on the trails!

Overall the trail system looks really good.  Remember the trail system closes again April 1st and will reopen for the summer riding season on May 25th.

We will post trail work dates and PaTRA activities to the site when they become available.

See you on the Trail!

– PaTRA crew



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American Motorcyclist Association announces recipients of 2018 Awards

It gives us great pleasure to announce that PATRA is the recipient of the 2018 Friend of the AMA award!

This award is given to individuals/groups that have supported the AMA’s mission of promoting motorcycling.

Below is an excerpt from the AMA page.  Click here to see all AMA awards for 2018

The Pennsylvania Trail Riders Association dedicates its time and effort to sponsoring four annual dual sport events in the state. PATRA’s mission is to ensure that the Seven Mountains and Shade Mountain motorcycle trails remain a legal trail system. Their work requires close coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state forestry officials, the state legislature and recreational, environmental and community stakeholders.

Pennsylvania Trail Riders Association, winner of a 2018 Friend of the AMA Award.


“PATRA is very honored to receive a 2018 Friend of AMA Award,'” said PATRA President Craig Mellott. “In April 1973, a very energetic guy named Wally Crawford decided to form an organization that would organize all the off-road riders and clubs that were scattered across the state. As you can see from our history, our mission is to ride, protect, and conserve the trail systems of the Bald Eagle State Forest. We are very proud to be considered a friend to the AMA and all those who enjoy the trail.”

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Brrr…. Its Cold out there!

Happy new year! We hope you all had a great year. The past year for PaTRA has been a good one, with new volunteer faces and feet on the ground helping support the trail system in Bald Eagle State Forest. Our volunteers were already hard at work this year hiking the single track with representatives from DCNR and The Bald Eagle Forestry Department. They evaluated most of the single track in the system so we can start to plan our maintenance for the 2018 year.

The air may be frigid and the trails covered in snow but the work of volunteers never ends. We’re already in the early stages of planning for the 7 Mtns Dual Sport. I know some are already dreaming of warm summer days to come.

The 2018 event is scheduled for early September at the Union County Sportmens Club like years past. The Sportsmens Club was once again impressed with our event, and at the courteous and polite riders who attended!

With that said we are planning a “One Day Only” event this year. We need riders opinions on which day they would prefer the event be held “Saturday or Sunday”

Please take time to fill out the short survey below to let us know which day you prefer.

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Volunteers are what keep these trails going – Thank you

A hard working and dedicated crew cleared trails of fallen timber in December.

Big thanks to you guys.

Volunteers like this crew is what keeps the trails open!  If you want to become part of the future of this trail system please contact us and we will let you know how you can help.


Have a Merry Christmas!

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Seasonal Trail Closure

Trail Closure Guidelines:
The licensed Dual Sport Motorcycle trails on State Forest Lands are open to motorcycles from the Friday before memorial day through the last full weekend in September (summer season) AND From the day following the last day of regular or extended antlerless deer season as established by the Game Commission through the following April 1 (winter season).

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Work Day – Sat. Sept. 23

DCNR has reviewed the trail after our event and has the following requests for our immediate attention.

Shale Trail –  work party on Saturday Sept 23rd.  Skid loaders will be required to level the trail in preparation for the upcoming snowmobile season. Public use and our event has created berms that need to be leveled.  PaTRA is looking for volunteers for that weekend to help do this maintenance.

8:00 A.M. —- We will be meeting at the Sand Mtn road Parking lot.

Bring rakes, shovels, work boots and gloves. We will be leveling off the berms on the shale trail and dressing any areas that need attention after the skid steer has gone through.

Bring water and bug spray as it looks like it will be a hot day.

We will work into the afternoon with a quitting time around 3:00 or whenever everyone has had enough.

If you are interested in helping please put your name on the roster by clicking the link below.

Work Day Roster

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PaTRA would like to thank all of those who attended the 23rd running of the 7 Mountains Dual Sport event.

PaTRA is a non-profit and a fully volunteer organization created for the sole purpose of assisting DCNR in maintaining the 7 Mountains Dual Sport trail system.

If you would like to help PaTRA maintain the trail in a more direct way, Please reach out to us via this website.

See you again next year!

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