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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Alt Names

Rock Run Creek, Sproul State Forest, West Branch Creek, Bear Creek Forest, Centre County, Beech Creek, Big Run Creek, Middletown Road, Kato Road, Orviston Road, Bloody Skillet Road

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

Located in the Sproul State Forest, ATV enthusiasts will find miles of trails that consist of old coal-mining roads that wind through deep forest vegetation. Trails are mostly hard-packed with a few creek crossings. Deer, black bear and wild turkey are among the wildlife that inhabits the area. Camping is permitted but a permit is required and can be obtained by contacting the Sproul State Forest.

This trail is open for the summer season beginning the Friday before Memorial Day through the last weekend of September, then reopens after the flintlock/muzzleloader hunting season ends (generally around mid January) through April 1.

The name 'Bloody Skillet' is thought to have originated from a local farm in the area that used to serve as a slaughterhouse during a period when the forest was being mined for coal.

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Nearest CityOrviston, PA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Snow Shoe, PA
1) Take Hwy 144 north about 16 miles
2) Turn right (east) on Dehaas Road
3) Continue about 5 miles toward the staging area.


LandState Forest


Recommended StayFull Day


Square Miles7
Miles Of Trail39
Climate TypeForest
Elevation900 to 1500 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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
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 weekend of September; reopens mid January through April 1
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 Areaspermitted at the brickyard parking area and middle parking area
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


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


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (E)Lock Haven Hospital (570) 893-5000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Uni-Mart (570) 962-2331
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SE)Flying J Travel Plaza (570) 726-4080
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (S)Bellefonte/State College KOA (814) 355-7912 or (800) 562-8127
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (S)Bellefonte/State College KOA (814) 355-7912 or (800) 562-8127
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Russel P. Letterman Campground (814) 625-2775
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)Bald Eagle State Forest Primitive Campground (814) 625-2775
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (E)Walmart Supercenter (570) 748-5430
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SE)Bald Eagle State Forest Beach (814) 625-2775
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteBig Run Creek, Beech Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SE)Hunter Run West Launch (814) 625-2775


Contact InfoSproul State Forest
15187 Renovo Road
Renovo, PA 17764
(570) 923-6011
Contact InfoPA ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(717) 783-9227
Contact InfoPennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
(717) 787-4250
CommentHunting season dates


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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail Photo

OHV at Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail Photo

OHV at Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail Photo

OHV at Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

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