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Sideling Hill

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other 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 hard packed 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.

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 inches or less in width to ride on the trails. Dirt bikes and motorcycles are not permitted.

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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 CampingSome Areascamping permit required
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


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




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Nearest CityWells Tannery, PA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Bedford, PA
1) Take I-70 East to Exit 147
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).


Contact InfoBuchanan State Forest
440 Buchanan Trail
Mcconnellsburg, 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


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

Photo Submitted 7/3/2012 (Thanks!)

Sideling Hill Trail Photo

Sideling Hill Trail

Photo Submitted 8/13/2015 (Thanks!)

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