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Willow Creek ATV Trail

Friday, May 24, 2024

Other Names

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

Last Known StatusOpen

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, weather permitting. A permit is required and must be obtained in advance since there is 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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Permit RequiredYesAllegheny National Forest ATV/Motorcycle Permit
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Day through the last Sunday of 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 (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
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 CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYesvehicles must have headlights
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


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


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Nearest CityBradford, PA
AddressFire Road, Bradford, PA 16701
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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 trailhead.


Contact InfoAllegheny National Forest - Bradford Ranger District
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
(814) 362-4613
Contact InfoPennsylvania ATV Registration / Insurance Info
P.O. Box 8553
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
(866) 545-2476
(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
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
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 few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
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



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
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