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Michaux State Forest

Friday, May 24, 2024

Other Names

Adams And Cumberland Counties, Michaux State Forest ATV Trails, Fuzzy Trail, Log Sled Trail, Huckleberry Trail, Mountain Ridge Trail, Rocky Pass, Bear Hill, Grave Ridge Trail, Staley Trail, Fender Trail, Slate Quarry Road, Piney Mountain Staging Area, Mountain Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This state forest offers around 45 miles of trails during the summer months and about 42 miles of trails during the winter months. The terrain is mosty hard packed with some loose gravel and occasional chunk rock. The main staging area has plenty of room for parking plus some basic services that include a loading ramp, restroom facilities and a large pavillion with picnic tables.

The trails are open for the summer season starting the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September and re-opens in the winter the day after deer hunting season (generally two weeks after Thanksgiving) through April 1.

Primitive camping is permitted throughout the forest but a permit is required which can be obtained by contacting the Michaux State Forest. ATVs must be registered, have proof of liability insurance and be 50" or less in width. Motorcycles are not permitted.

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Permit RequiredYesATVs must be registered and have proof of liability insurance.
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through last full weekend in September; re-opens day after deer hunting season through April 1
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYes(AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, RI, UT, VT, WA, WI)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
machines with a max dry weight of 1200lbs and 50" wide permitted
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail45
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1300 to 1600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, 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 little mud after it rains.Little
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 no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
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
RoadsThis state forest has few roads.Few
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 some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Sunoco (717) 530-1054
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Sunoco (717) 530-1054
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Pine Grove Furnace State Park (717) 486-7174
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Mountain Creek Campground (717) 486-7681
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Pine Grove Furnace State Park (717) 486-7174
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Pine Grove Furnace State Park (717) 486-7174
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Rutter's (717) 477-9335




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityShippensburg, PA
AddressShippensburg Road, Biglerville, PA 17307
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Chambersburg, PA
1) Take US-30 East about 10 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto SR-233/Pine Grove Road, continue 7.1 miles
3) Turn left (north-west) at four-way intersection on Shippensburg Road, continue 1.3 miles
4) Big Flat Staging area is on the left (west).

For Piney Mountain Staging Area:
5) From four-way intersection continue straight (north) to stay on Pine Grove Road 6.2 miles
6) Turn right (south) onto Bendersville Road, continue 2.8 miles
7) Staging area is on the right (east).


Contact InfoMichaux State Forest
10099 Lincoln Way East
Feyetteville, PA 17222
(717) 352-2211
Contact InfoPennsylvania ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(866) 545-2476
(717) 783-9227


Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

Michaux State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 9/6/2011 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

A scenic portion of ATV trail going through the forest.

Photo Submitted 7/4/2012 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

A green Arctic Cat ATV parked next to red Polaris Sportsman with winch attached to the front bumper.

Photo Submitted 5/31/2012 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

A close up photo of ATV loading ramp with gazebo in the background with picnic tables and information kiosk.

The main staging area has a loading ramp, a shade gazebo with picnic tables plus an informational kiosk. Photo Submitted 7/4/2012 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

A close up photo of rocky ATV trail with signage on ground and trees.

Photo Submitted 7/4/2012 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

A view of rocky ATV trail surrounded by trees and vegetation.

Photo Submitted 7/4/2012 (Thanks!)

Michaux State Forest Trail Photo

Extended silver cab truck towing a flat bed trailer with three ATVs.

Photo Submitted 2/22/2012 (Thanks!)

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