Public meetings to review study of ATV connector trail in Clinton County

RENOVO — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is rescheduling public meetings planned late this month and in early November to review a study under way in Sproul State Forest to address feasibility of closing a trail gap and determining the best way to connect the Bloody Skillet and Whiskey Springs ATV trail systems, near Renovo in Clinton County.

To ensure a successful project, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has planned a series of open meetings with stakeholders and others interested in, or affected by, this effort. Originally set for Oct. 26 and Nov. 9, the two public meetings to gather more comment now are scheduled for Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

Planned as an integral part of the ATV Connector Feasibility Study, both rescheduled meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Durrwachter Center on the campus of Lock Haven University.

The bureau has engaged Larson Design Group to study connecting the two trails and charged it with establishing feasibility of constructing a motorized trail that would connect the existing Bloody Skillet ATV trail system in northeastern Centre County to the Whiskey Springs ATV trail system in western Clinton County. The contractor is doing a field review of conceptual routes, with the intent of having the connector pass through the town of Renovo.

The feasibility study’s first component consisted of meetings that began early this year with local and statewide stakeholders to understand their concerns and aspirations involving a potential trail connector.

Comments collected during these meetings and through email efforts February through April are available in the Whiskey Springs Bloody Skillet Feasibility Study Stakeholder Review.

One of 11 designated, state forestland ATV riding trail systems across the state, Bloody Skillet now offers 38 miles of trails to riders. It is off Route 144, about 19 miles north of the Snow Shoe Exit of Route 80. When combined with nearby Whiskey Springs ATV Trail System in Clinton County, reopened after extensive mine reclamation work, the trails now offer more than 120 miles for ATV riding within an hour of Renovo.

In addition to Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet, riders visiting the region also are encouraged to try the Denton Hill ATV Trail System and the Haneyville ATV Trail.

DCNR maintains 273 miles of designated ATV trails on state forestlands. For maps and other information, visit the DCNR’s website