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Sideling Hill

Monday, September 26, 2016

Alt Names

Wishart Swamp, Laurel Fork, Childers Ridge, Harbor Mountain, Wells Tannery, Buchanan State Forest

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This OHV area offers about 15 miles of trails with three staging areas. The terrain consists of semi-rocky hardpacked trails with the occasional muddy section. Camping is permitted at the staging areas but a permit is required which can be obtained by contacting the Buchanan State Forest at (717) 485-3148.

The staging areas on Cove Road are the least visited making them the most private. The trails are open to ATV use beginning the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September. Vehicles must be 58" or less in width to ride on the trails. Dirt bikes and motorcycles are not permitted.

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Nearest CityWells Tannery, PA
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From: Bedford, PA
1) Take I-70 east to exit 147, about 20 miles
2) At base of ramp turn right on Lincoln Hwy (Hwy 30)
3) Follow Lincoln Hwy toward the town of Wells Tannery, about 11 miles
4) Turn left on Tannery Road
5) Continue about .3 miles
6) Turn left on Cove Road
7) Proceed about 1.5 miles to the parking area (at .3 miles veer right at fork).


LandState Forest


Our RatingRating    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Square Miles10
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 2000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredNoATVs must be registered and have proof of liability insurance.
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through last full weekend in September
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (58 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 58 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 58 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areascamping permit required
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.


Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
Riding ($0.00)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Fulton County Medical Center (717) 485-3155
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Sideling Hill Service Plaza (717) 485-3226
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Sideling Hill Service Plaza (717) 485-3226
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (W)Friendship Village Campground (814) 623-1677 or (800) 992-3528
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (W)Friendship Village Campground (814) 623-1677 or (800) 992-3528
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Sideling Hill Service Plaza (717) 485-3226
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Sideling Hill Service Plaza (717) 485-3226
Swimming Swim Area20-30 Miles (W)Shawnee State Park East Beach (814) 733-4218
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteLaurel Fork
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (W)Shawnee State Park Boat Ramp (814) 733-4218


Contact InfoBuchanan State Forest
440 Buchanan Trail
Mcconnellsburg, PA 17233
(717) 485-3148
Contact InfoPA ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(717) 783-9227


Sideling Hill Trail Photo

Sideling Hill Trail

Photo Submitted 7/3/2012 (Great shot! Thank You.)

Sideling Hill Trail Photo

Sideling Hill Trail

Photo Submitted 7/3/2012 (Thanks!)

Sideling Hill Trail Photo

OHV at Sideling Hill Trail

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Sideling Hill Trail Photo

Sideling Hill Trail

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