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Shade Mountain Trail

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Other Names

Bald Eagle State Forest, Shade Mountain OHM Trail System, Diamond Trail, Deer Spring Trail, Mitchell Trail, Tram Trail, Varner Gap, Shawyerville Trail, Arney Gap, Allen Gap, West Boyer Trail, Dug Trail, Forster Gap, Shellenberger Gap, Richfield Path, Snyder County, Juniata County

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers miles of enduro style trails that are geared toward the more advanced rider. Trails are marked with purple blazes and terrain mainly consists of rocky sections, steep climbs and sharp off camber turns.

The trail is open to non-street legal motorcycles, but has a seasonal closure that generally begins the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September. Call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredNo
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
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
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 Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentLicensed dual sport motorcycles can ride on roads and drivable trails open to all license motorized vehicles throughout the year.


Miles Of Trail17
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1600 to 2100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
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 mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Single TrackThis state forest has almost all single track trails.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
CommentMotorcycle trails are marked with purple blazes.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Exxon/Rosewood Market (717) 463-3259
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Exxon/Deans Store (717) 463-2411
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Shady Brook Campground & Boat Rental (570) 837-9773
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Shady Brook Campground & Boat Rental (570) 837-9773
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Shady Brook Campground & Boat Rental (570) 837-9773
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Shady Brook Campground & Boat Rental (570) 837-9773
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Exxon/Rosewood Market (717) 463-3259




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityMcalisterville, PA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Mcalisterville, PA
1) Take SR-235 North about 5.5 miles
2) Staging area is on the right.


Contact InfoBald Eagle State Forest
18865 Old Turnpike Road
Millmont, PA 17845
(570) 922-3344
Contact InfoPennsylvania Trail Riders Association
6064 Old Hickory Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036


Shade Mountain Trail Photo

Shade Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 8/8/2012 (Thanks!)

Shade Mountain Trail Photo

KTM Dirt Bike at Shade Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 8/8/2012 (Thanks!)

Shade Mountain Trail Photo

KTM Motorcycle at Shade Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 8/8/2012 (Thanks!)

Shade Mountain Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Shade Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 8/9/2012 (Thanks!)

Shade Mountain Trail Photo

Dirt Bike at Shade Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 8/9/2012 (Thanks!)

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