We just received this statement from DCNR concerning the Dual Sport and OHV trail systems in Bald Eagle SF.
See statement below.
“After lots of thought and concerns regarding negative trail impact and tread damage during the expected mild winter riding season, the District is announcing the following statement today on its website and Facebook page.
This past year, we’ve had historic wet conditions – wettest year on record (dating to 1887), wettest summer on record, and third wettest fall on record. The fall wet weather resulted in doubling the normal amount on rainfall. The results would be damage, erosion and tread surface displacement to the current OHM and Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail Systems if opened for riding. To prevent further damage to both trails, the winter riding season is closed.
The purpose of this is to preserve the single track trails and minimize additional work needed to keep the trails open. I know initially I told everyone we were going to monitor the weather and frost layer before making a closure, but this would have been too difficult and just created confusion for riders. Currently, riders assume after December 09 they can ride.
I know we will have some confusion, but we are hoping the clubs can help spread the word of the closure to riders. This closure applies to all single track and gated Rd/trails. All roads and drivable trails open to all license motorized vehicles will remain open.
Winter Riding Closure Signs will be posted at trail heads and parking areas.
Clubs like yours are important to educate riders and maintain these unique trail systems.
Thank you for all the help.
David Felix, Forester
Bureau of Forestry, Bald Eagle State Forest
18865 Old Turnpike Rd, Millmont, PA 17845
Phone:(570) 922-3344 Fax:(570) 922-4696