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Willow Creek ATV Trail

Monday, October 16, 2017

Alt Names

South Branch River, Whitney Run, Dry Brook, Sugar Railroad Run, Bradford Ranger District, Allegheny National Forest

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This 10 mile scenic ATV loop winds through a beautiful hardwood forest of sugar maple, black cherry and yellow poplar trees. Rated as most difficult, this trail system is marked as one way and is open for multiple use.

The trails are open year-round but motorized use is only permitted beginning the Friday before Memorial Day through the last Sunday of September. A permit is required and must be obtained in advance since there is currently no self pay kiosk. The permit can be purchased via mail, through local vendors or by visiting the Bradford Ranger District.

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Nearest CityBradford, PA
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From: Bradford, PA
1) Take SR-346 west to FR 137, about 10 miles
2) Turn left (south) on FR 137
3) Continue about 2 miles toward the staging area.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesAllegheny National Forest ATV/Motorcycle Permit
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through the last Sunday of September and December 20 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 (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
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 CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYesvehicles must have headlights
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
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.


RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
$35/annual permit
CommentAllegheny National Forest ATV/Motorcycle permit required - $10/daily or $35/annual.


Contact InfoAllegheny National Forest - Bradford Ranger District
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
(814) 362-4613
Contact InfoPA ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(717) 783-9227



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Approx Size5,120 acres (8 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1800 to 2300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has no beginner terrain.None
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)Bradford Regional Medical Center (814) 368-4143
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Uni-Mart (814) 368-3348
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Country Fair (814) 362-3410
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Willow Bay Recreation Area (814) 723-5150
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SW)Kinzua East KOA (814) 368-3662
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Tracy Ridge Campground (814) 362-4613
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Tracy Ridge Campground (814) 362-4613
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Parkview Supermarket (814) 368-9911
Swimming Swim Area20-30 Miles (SW)Kinzua Beach (814) 723-5150
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteDry Brook
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NW)Willow Bay Recreation Area (814) 723-5150
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