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Places To Ride – The Poconos of Pennsylvania

A wonderful retreat for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, the Poconos region of Pennsylvania has plenty of forested areas – but watch out, as places to legally ride offroad are limited.

A new recreational trail park with over 2,000 acres opened this year, just east of Scranton in Dunmore. It is a new location for the “Lost Trails” park that closed down due to tax issues in 2010. The new location and its trails are quite rocky (to be expected in old coal country) and are geared toward the intermediate rider, so make sure you have appropriate ATV tires. The terrain offers variety in the terrain, with stream crossings, muddy runoff areas, and breathtaking 360-degree vistas. Another popular feature in this park that just opened this summer is a tunnel ride that traverses old coal mine railways.

The Delaware State Forest system operates a number of ATV trails in Pennsylvania. Locations can be seen here. Some other trails of note:

  • The Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area is located near the Pocono Raceway and has 14 miles of trails. The red trails are intermediate to difficult and there is plenty of mud to play in.
  • The Maple Run and Burnt Mills Tracts are located near the New Jersey border in Swiftwater. These parks each offer 7-8 miles of trails and like Lost Trails, can be rocky and rough on your quad. But the trails are fairly easy and good places for kids to learn to ride. Though with only 7 miles of trails, it isn’t really worth a long drive to get there.

Riding in Pennsylvania state parks is free, though your ATV must be fully registered and insured.

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