See Allegeheny National Forest for trail regulations and other important information.
The Marienville ATV/Bike Trail is a system of 37 miles of interconnecting trails traversing scenic, forested hills of the Marienville District of the Allegheny National Forest. You can access the trail anywhere it crosses a public road. The trail is open to Class I ATV's, trailbikes, horses and mountain bikes.
The best time for mountain biking is OFF-SEASON. The off-season (when the ATV Trails are closed to motorized use) is April 1 to the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, and September 24 to December 20 of each year. Of course, you can ride mountain bikes when the ATV Trails are open, but expect to frequently encounter ATVs on the trails.
The trail is open from the Friday before Memorial Day to the last Sunday in September; and December 20 to April 1 ("ATV Trail Area" only). Inclement wet weather may cause the trails to close in short notice--when in doubt, please call ahead.
All trails are marked with yellow, diamond-shaped blazes. Maps of the trail can be picked up at the Marienville Ranger Station directly north of town. Key junctions on the trail are marked by numbered wooden signposts corresponding to the junction marker numbers shown on the map. "YOU ARE HERE" maps are also located at these key junctions to aid riders in navigating the trail.
The rating system is really designed for motorized off-road vehicles.
Bike Trail Area:
This 23.1 mile loop is rated MOST DIFFICULT and requires a high level of skill. It offers a very ROCKY trail surface that winds and twists through the forest. Skilled bikers will enjoy the narrow, winding, serpentine design. Its treadway is narrower and it contains more hill climbs, switchbacks, and mudholes. Trails are designated one-way travel only except where otherwise posted. This trail is open only during the summer.
ATV Trail Area:
This 14.2 mile loop system is rated MORE DIFFICULT and is best suited to ATV's because of its more scenic quality and wider travelways. This portion of the trail uses many old roads and railroad grades that travel for the most part through scenic woods. Riding surfaces are more level, hard-packed dirt when dry and wide (averaging 10 feet in width). There are many rustic wooden bridges along the trail over sparkling cold mountain streams which make a good place to stop. Be prepared for some steep climbs and descents and some rutted and rocky patches. The trail is ONE-WAY except where otherwise posted. This trail area is open during both summer and winter.
For more information:
Allegheny National Forest :
Phone: (814) 723-5150