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Bald Eagle State Forest Trails

Susquehanna Valley Region

Directions & Trail Descriptions

Location: Snyder, Union, and parts of Centre, Clinton and Mifflin Counties.

Length/Configuration: 48 miles of off-road mountain bike trails with 100 miles of connecting forest roads. Design your own out-and-back or loop rides, depending on ability, using trails and connecting forest roads.

Terrain/Surface: Varies from old hard-packed dirt woods roads to wide, grassy doubletrack to narrow, rocky singletrack. 

Technical Difficulty: Easy, moderate and advanced.

Elevation Change: Up to around 1500 ft. depending on trails used.

Trail Use : Mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling

Caution: Expect obstacles along many of the singletrack trails (rocks, roots, ruts, downed branches, logs). Avoid late fall hunting season.

 

 

 

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Directions:

Take exit 30 off I-80. Head south on Rt.15 to Lewisburg. Turn right onto Rt.192 and head west. Park at Sand Bridge State Park.

Take exit 29 off I-80 (10 miles west of Rt.15). From exit ramp go down hill to dirt road. Park at intersection with Sugar Valley Narrows Rd.

The main Forest Headquarters is located just south of Eastville on McCall Dam Road. Take I-80 to Exit 28, then Forest Hwy. 880 to Carroll. Pass Carroll and go left to Eastville.

 

General Description:

The Bald Eagle State Forest comprises about 195,624 acres and lies in the beautiful ridge and stream valley section of northcentral Pennsylvania. Sandstone ridges with heights of 2,300 above sea level rise abruptly from the valley floors and extend in a northeasterly direction across the region. The many streams in the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the beautiful Susquehanna River which winds through the valley and confluences at the Forest Districts' eastern boundary. The Bald Eagle State Forests' varied habitat plays host to all the major game species typically found in Pennsylvania, including deer, bear, wild turkey and other small game.

Although remote, the varied terrain and over 300 miles of State Forest Roads and 340 miles of multi-use trails offer mountain bikers some of the best off-road riding in Central PA and numerous opportunities for other types of outdoor recreational activities including hiking, xc skiing, snowmobiling and fishing to name a few. Rothrock State Forest, another well-known mountain biking destination, borders the Bald Eagle State Forest to the west.

There are four state parks located within the forest. Reeds Gap State Park, Poe Valley State Park, Snyder-Middleswarth State Park and R.B. Winter State Park where most of our featured mountain bike trails in the Bald Eagle State Forest are located.

 

The Trails:

All State Forest roads are open to mountain bikes. In addition, Bald Eagle State Forest features 25 off-road mountain bike trails. They are all located near R.B. Winter State Park, providing 48 miles of rideable trails consisting of a combination of singletrack and doubletrack trails -- with nearly 100 miles of connecting forest roads. These roads are mostly hard-packed dirt covered with loose stones.

Mountain biking the Bald Eagle State Forest trails offer a range of experiences from easy riding on fairly level grassy doubletrack and smooth hardpacked fire roads to narrow singletrack with rocky and technical sections. Trails traverse and climb over ridges and wind along streams where the views and scenery are as varied as the rides.

With so many trails covering such a large area, we have divided this article into into three sections:
See each section below for maps and detailed trail descriptions.

 

 

 

For more information:

Bureau Of Forestry
Forest District #7
P.O. Box 147
Laurelton, PA 17835

Phone: (570) 922-3344
TTY: 711 (AT&T Relay Services)
Website: Bald Eagle State Forest (Park trail map available online)

 

R. B. Winter State Park
17215 Buffalo Road
Mifflinburg, PA 17844-9656

Phone: (570) 966-1455
Website: R.B. Winter State Park (Park trail map available online)

 

 

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