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Trails in Pa.
« on: March 19, 2010, 07:55:58 AM »
Taken from another site;

"You just don't see this everyday" says Pearse Umlauf, Founder & CEO of the National Off-Road Association. "We see many trails being closed across the United States, most recently the Upper Tellico OHV area, but it's very rare to see new trails being open".

Northumberland County located in central Pennsylvania has decided to do just that; open over 6,000 acres of old coal mining land to the public for the intended use of off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.

"The Northumberland County Commissioners deserve a thumbs-up and our full support on this project", says Off-Road Hall of Famer, Mark A. Smith and Founder of Jeep Jamboree USA. "Years ago in California, El Dorado County officials got involved with keeping the Rubicon Trail open and today it generates an estimated 30 million into the local community. Now that's an investment worth making".

Barry Yorwarth a local resident of Northumberland County spearheaded this idea a few years ago. He has been working closely with county officials to help them make this project a reality. "I got the idea back in 2005 when I was the co-pilot for Tom Lawlor at the Top Truck Challenge in Hollister Hills, CA", says Yorwarth, "I said to myself; we've got some land like this back in Pennsylvania, why can't we do something like this?". Barry's dad bought him his first Jeep (CJ-5) when he was just 13 years old. Today Barry owns (5) Unimogs and a few Jeeps. "The park is designed to be open for all motorized users not just full-size vehicles, everyone's welcome. The county is planning to have onsite camping as well as parking for RV's".

"It's great to see the County Commissioners of Northumberland take such a proactive leap forward" states Pearse Umlauf. "The local communities and residents will benefit tremendously from the development of this park. The park is an economic "center of commerce" for local businesses not to mention the potential jobs it'll create. OHV enthusiasts from across the United States will flock to this new park just for the opportunity to run new trails. This park will allow individuals to recreate in a safe, dedicated environment."

The National Off-Road Association will keep you up-to-date on any news and developments on this new OHV Park. Stay tuned.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010, 09:39:11 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2010, 01:58:56 PM »
this is being talked about all over on club websites down here and the general thought is it will never come to reality. to many beaurocrats involved and the guy leading it is very sketchy.

i don't know anything first hand just relaying what i am reading
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2010, 02:15:18 PM »
thanks todd, let us know if you hear something.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010, 03:35:19 PM »
thanks todd, let us know if you hear something.

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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 08:25:33 PM »
FYI not sure how far along this is but they have a web site, so its progress

http://www.ohv.norrycopa.net/full_size.htm

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 08:18:27 AM »
Outside of Macungei I had a friend down near there. We used to test his Line MT race Jeep on some local trails. The land was deemed waste land and you could not build on it do to the mining around and under it. But we drove for 30 minutes straight and I mean straight down a rocky cool road at least 15-20 mile's and did not pass nothing but rocks and tree's.

Ryan ( my friend In PA ) was telling me there was so much like that in area of PA that alot of the locals only know about it. Paragon was like this, there was so much open land there it was a unreal place to wheel. These old cool pits had rock pile's the size of house's in some spots. Some other spots you would see a giant cave in, big voids that just open up. At RC they tell you dont wander off the trail after dark, you never know if you get sucked in.

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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2010, 08:47:07 AM »
so the guy who is running this up is ALL over forums down here and it looks like it is moving forward. but the state is involved with this so it will move very slow. in fact it has been said that this project is 2 years out.

i haven't been to the website yet so i guess i will check it out. i am not holding my breath on this one.

oh and yes jason there is miles and miles of waste land down here. i was born and raised in PA and have wheeled alot of this land. there is a 100 year rule in effect for most of the strip mining areas in PA. basically after an area is stripped it can not be used (built on or developed) for 100 years after reclamation. Paragon was in about year 10 of the 100 when that whole "airport" idea started that ended up making paragon close. there is tons of areas down here to wheel but like you said jason if you don't know where to go you can end up really badly hurt or dead in the bottom of a 200 ft hole. :o  the problem with most of the land for wheeling is that unless you are into high speed or deep mud most of these places aren't really that fun.  there are rock gardens areas but they are really far apart. so you would do arock garden and literally drive 1/2 to 1 hr to get to the next spot.

we will see :shrug:
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2010, 09:01:40 AM »
I was shocked to see that much open land when we use to test his rig. But like you said eather speed or mud bogging is the two biggest things, unless you find a decent out crop of rocks to play on.
But what really made me mad is the all the trash being dumped. We hit a spot that was used as a town dump, everything from household trash to washers and I mean a huge pile that looks like its been used for years like that.

That what kills the sport. I'm not pointing blame on the locals and I understand the area I was in. But wow to see house hold garbage bags filled with every day stuff just laying there, I was shaking my head.
This was 8-10 years ago and maybe its been cleaned up buy now or maybe its still that areas dump site.

I like the fact that this club has a Liaison down in PA ( AKA you Todd ) that can keep us clued into the local trail status.

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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2010, 09:19:37 AM »
the trash in those areas is crazy, and its not from 4wheelersits from white trash who live around there. it was and is just the way people who live in that area handle trash "throw it in the mine' i swear i have heard people talking about it.

i have done a small amount of work in that area on people's houses (well a few yrears back i did) and i was shocked when a customer of mine said not to worry about a dumpster cause he will dump it in the mine

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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2010, 12:22:48 PM »
update:

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Press Release:
Issued Northumberland County
Commissioners Frank J. Sawicki, Vinny Clausi and Kurt Masser



Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ms. Kathy Jeremiah, Project Coordinator
Northumberland County Planning Department
399 S. Fifth Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
570-988-4295

REGARDING: Northumberland County Off Highway Vehicle Park Master Plan

Northumberland County will host a Public Input Session on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:30 pm, at the Shamokin Area Junior Senior High School Auditorium, 2000 W. State Street, Coal Township, PA 17866. The County has commissioned a study to develop over 6,000 acres of County owned property to create an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreational facility. This meeting is being held to gather public input relative to the development of the facility.

Pat Mack, Director of the Northumberland County Planning Department, said “We want to obtain input from residents of the County regarding the proposed park. We want their thoughts and ideas on how we can develop a world class off highway vehicle park in the County. With the development of this park there will be opportunities to create jobs and provide those who come to visit the park with the goods and services they desire. The economic potential related to the development of the park is unlike anything the County has experienced in recent years.” Mack goes on to say “We have an opportunity to provide a facility to meet a demand that is not very well met in Pennsylvania. If we do this right Northumberland County can be regionally and nationally known as the home of one of the best parks and best places in the United States for motorized and non-motorized recreation.”

Kathy Jeremiah, project coordinator for the Northumberland County Planning Department, stated “The park area, which is over 6,000 acres in size, can accommodate a variety of motorized and non-motorized uses, including full size 4x4’s, rock crawling, MX, ATV, and UTV use, mountain biking, equestrian trail riding, hiking, hunting, camping, and environmental interpretation, to name a few. It is important that the public come to the meeting and share with us their wishes for the park.”

This is the first of two public input sessions being held during the master planning process for the park. A second follow-up meeting will be held in the Fall.

Commissioner Kurt Masser said “There is a lot of enthusiasm behind this effort and it has the potential to have a significant positive financial impact to the County and its business community. There are a lot of issues to address, and a lot of planning that needs to take place. We’ve started that process and this is your opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas. We encourage you to participate in this process by attending this important meeting.”

The master plan is being funded with grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The plan is being prepared by Pashek Associates, a Landscape Architecture and Community Planning Firm located in Pittsburgh in conjunction with Pennoni Associates of Mechanicsburg.







this is the latest info for this project. i know no one on here can make this meeting (heck, i am only 2 hrs away and i can't go) but i thought if someone wanted to make a trip it could be worth coming down.  i have a bunch of friends going so i will kep everyone posted about what happens.

a few pics from the area:  these were taken by a friend of mine:  link to his thread on finger lakes 4x4

http://www.fingerlakes4x4.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=1995&start=30
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2010, 12:46:04 PM »
thanks Todd
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