Outdoor Adventure: Off-Roading in the Susquehanna River Valley


Off-Roading Adventures

The geography and geology of the coal region resulted in a coal industry that fueled the Industrial Revolution and brought immigrants and their heritage to local towns. Today, these attributes fuel the imaginations of outdoor adventure seekers. Literally rising from the ashes of the coal industry, outdoor recreation is a game-changer for this region, gaining recognition nationwide as an off-road riding destination. Here, history and recreation collide.

The Coal Heritage region is home to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), one of the top 10 destinations for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes. Adjacent to AOAA is Famous Reading Outdoors. Combined, these two ATV destinations offer 30,000 acres of outdoor adventure.

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Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

4100 State Route 125, Coal Township, PA 17866

The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area is an extensive, family-oriented off-road trail system located in Central Pennsylvania. Riders of ATV's, SxS, dirt bikes and full-size vehicles enjoy the diversity of the trail system on 8,000 acres of wooded land that provide many experiences to keep riders coming back for more. The Event Center near the parking area gives riders shelter to eat, as well as portable bathroom facilities. **See website prior to visit for current hours and policies.

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Famous Reading Outdoors, LLC

200 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901

Famous Reading Outdoors owns and operates approximately 20,000 acres located in Schuylkill and Northumberland counties in central-eastern Pennsylvania. Famous Reading Outdoors is actively managing a family-friendly, motorized, non-motorized and hunting recreation facility. *SEE WEBSITE FOR STATUS, HOURS AND SAFETY RESTRICTIONS.

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PA Jeeps, Inc.

P.O. Box 4401, Lancaster, PA 17604

PA Jeeps is a non-profit educational group of approximately 115 off-roading enthusiasts. They work to promote off-highway activities such as camping and trail-riding to families and individuals in the region with an emphasis on preserving the environment and natural resources. The group sponsors family trail rides to Show-and-Shine events.

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Bald Eagle State Forest offers hundreds of miles of ATV, dual sport motorcycle and shared use trails.

Bald Eagle State Park
18865 Old Turnpike Rd., Millmont, PA 17845
Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 194,000 acres in Snyder, Union County, Centre, Mifflin and Clinton Counties. The forest spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles of pristine mountain streams and tracts of old growth forest. Bald Eagle offers unparalleled pleasing beauty and boundless recreational opportunities such as an extensive network of trails, awesome scenic vistas, flaming fall foliage and picturesque drives.