Snowmobile season is here.
The Elk State Forest has approximately 110 miles and the Susquehannock State Forest has approximately 260 miles for snowmobilers.
As well, the Sproul State Forest has approximately 388 miles and the Moshannon State Forest has approximately 222 miles for snowmobilers.
There are approximately 2,906 miles of trails for snowmobilers on state forest lands. Additionally, there are snowmobile trails on state parks lands.
All of these trails are a combination of roads open for joint use (snowmobiles and licensed motorized vehicles), gated roads that will be open just for snowmobilers and trails just for snowmobilers.
Like all activities, care must be taken. Road and trail conditions vary throughout the trail system depending on weather conditions like ice, wind, snowfall totals and trail usage.
Extra caution should be taken on joint use roads, especially where visibility is limited.
Also, people should remember that even on snowmobile only trails there is still the potential to encounter a groomer, a very slow-moving machine, which is maintaining the snow pack.
A section of the snowmobile trail in the East Branch Dam Area of the Elk State Forest has a re-route due to gas activity. This re-route is the same as last year and will be in effect until the end of the season, which is March 31.
You may see some additional orange triangles with numbers and letters along the trail system. These markers correspond to your current location, which is reflected on the snowmobile map. CA is in Cameron County, PO is in Potter County, MC is in McKean County, EL is in Elk County, FO is in Forest County, etc.
To find out the latest snowmobile trail conditions, trail updates or changes, joint use road plowing, you may call 1-877-766-6253 or go to the following web address.
If you would like more information, please call the District Office at 814-486-3353. You can visit online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Also check the office out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elkstateforest.