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Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Other 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

ATV enthusiasts will find miles of old coal-mining roads that wind through deep forest vegetation. Trails are mostly hard packed with some neat bridge crossings and a few shallow creek crossings. Deer, black bear and wild turkey are among the wildlife that may be encountered when riding here.

This trail is open for the summer season beginning the Friday before Memorial Day through the last weekend of September, then re-opens for winter riding 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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Permit RequiredNoATVs must be registered and have proof of liability insurance.
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through last weekend of September; re-opens mid January 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 (64 inches)has entrance gate or posts
vehicles under 1800lbs dry weight and 64 inches wide permitted
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 64 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 Areaspermitted at the brickyard and middle parking areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size4,480 acres (7 sq mi)
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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


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


CommentA permit is required to camp - contact the Sproul State Forest at (570) 923-6011.


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Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityOrviston, PA
AddressDe Haas Road, Orviston, PA 16864
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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 De Haas Road, continue continue 5.3 miles
3) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoSproul State Forest
15187 Renovo Road
Renovo, PA 17764
(570) 923-6011
Contact InfoPennsylvania 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
CommentPennsylvania hunting season dates.


Bloody Skillet Trail Photo

Bloody Skillet ATV Trail

One of the bridge crossings at Bloody Skillet.

Bloody Skillet Trail Photo

Two ATVs parked on a wide trail.

Photo Submitted 1/9/2012 (Thanks!)

Bloody Skillet Trail Photo

ATV with winch on the front bumper parked on top of dirt mound.

Photo Submitted 1/9/2012 (Thanks!)

Bloody Skillet Trail Photo

Two ATVs with man wearing camouflage riding gear on trail.

Photo Submitted 1/28/2012 (Thank You!)

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