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Martin Hill ATV Trail

Friday, May 24, 2024

Other Names

Martin Hill, Buchanan State Forest, Blankley Road, Blankley Picnic Area, Cove Creek, Sweet Root Run Creek, Pigeonroost Gap, Sweetroot Natural Area, Sweet Root Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Buchanan State Forest has about 18 miles of ATV trails that go outside the boundaries of the Sweet Root Natural Area and Martin Hill Wild Area. The trails are marked and maintained and even have a few cool bridge crossings and interesting landmarks.

The trails are mostly old logging roads with some loose chunk rock and a few rocky hill climbs. There are several staging areas to choose with plenty of parking. Bobcats, wild turkey and deer can be occasionally seen. Nearby Shawnee State Park offers camping, several boat ramps and swimming beaches.

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Permit RequiredNoATVs must be registered and have proof of liability insurance.
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through last full weekend in September
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 (58 inches)has entrance gate or posts
vehicles under 1200lbs dry weight and 58 inches wide permitted
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 58 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
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 BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest




Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityRainsburg, PA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Bedford, PA
For 326 Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 326 south about 10 miles
2) Staging area is on the left (east).

For Refuge Trail Staging Area:
3) Turn west past the 326 Staging Area onto Blankley Road, continue about 2 miles
4) Veer right to stay on Blankley Road, continue .7 miles
5) Staging area is on the left (south).

For Tower Road Staging Area:
6) Continue south about 2 miles past the intersection for Blankley Road (road name changes to Martin Hill Road)
7) Turn right (west) onto Tower Road, staging area is on the immediate left.


Contact InfoBuchanan State Forest
25185 Great Cove Road
Mcconnelsburg, PA 17233
(717) 485-3148
Contact InfoPennsylvania ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(866) 545-2476
(717) 783-9227


Martin Hill Trail Photo

Martin Hill ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 6/30/2015 (Thanks!)

Martin Hill Trail Photo

Martin Hill ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 12/10/2012 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size5,120 acres (8 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail18
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2100 to 2500 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 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 few steep hills.Few
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 no roads.None
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
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


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Sheetz (814) 623-9392
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Kwik Fill (814) 623-8002
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Friendship Village Campground and RV Park (814) 623-1677
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Friendship Village Campground and RV Park (814) 623-1677
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (NW)Shawnee State Park (814) 733-4218
Primitive Camping Campground20-30 Miles (NW)Shawnee State Park (814) 733-4218
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Sheetz (814) 623-9392
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