If you love kicking up dust or splashing through mud, check out the 100-plus miles of trails in the Allegheny National Forest open to ATV and dirt-bike riders. The Marienville, Penoke, and Timberline trails follow the routes of old roads and rail lines throughout the forest, and they vary in difficulty to give riders of all levels a thrill. In the spring and fall, roads and trails usually closed to the public open for the popular Tour-de-Forest events, giving riders a chance to explore a wider network of trails. The Piney Rail Riders and Elk County Riders are local clubs that offer ATV enthusiasts more riding opportunities.
Snowmobilers can find even more trails open to them in the Allegheny National Forest, with approximately 365 miles open for the popular winter sport. Marienville, known as the Snowmobiling Capital of Pennsylvania, hosts a winter festival each January with food and outdoor activities during the day followed by an inspiring Torchlight Snowmobile Parade after dark snowmobilers can find trails suited to their ability level on the Timberline Trail near Ridgway, while Sizerville State Park has 66 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and Sinnemahoning State Park provides easy access to a 25-mile trail system. Snowmobiles are also permitted on the West Creek Trail that connects Emporium to St. Marys.