Northumberland County is on its way to fulfilling the vision of creating a world class off highway vehicle and recreation area. Off-roading enthusiasts will have a new destination in Pennsylvania when the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) opens in Northumberland County in late fall 2013. The recreation area will welcome all types of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to trails that provide a range of experiences for riders of different skill levels. The site also will accommodate non-motorized recreation such as horseback riding, bicycling, hiking and rock climbing.
AOAA lands, which are owned by the county, run about 13 miles east-to-west and amount to about 6,500 acres. Much of the land encompasses old coal mines, some of which are being reclaimed, and the kinds of landforms that attract people with all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles, utility ATVs and off-highway motorcycles. Eventually, the site will include campgrounds, a vehicle washing station, picnic areas and other amenities that will make the adventure area a travel destination for off-roaders from Pennsylvania and beyond.
The AOAA so far has received these major grants to get the project under way:
- $1.9 million from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnership Program to plan and begin developing the project.
- $300,000 from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission to construct an access road.
- $30,000 from vehicle manufacturers for maps and signage and for trail development.
- $1.2 million from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation to remediate hazards.
- Valley Forge Trail Riders Hare Scramble, May 11-12, 2013
- 2nd Annual Coal Mountain Jeep Jamboree, Aug. 1-3, 2013
John Buerkle from our office recently attended a National Off-highway Vehicle Council Workshop. Throughout the workshop, emphasis was placed on sustainable trail development techniques. Sustainably designed trails minimize trail maintenance and negative impacts on the environment such as erosion and sedimentation of nearby streams.
Pashek Associates applies sustainable trail techniques to all aspects of trail planning and design for hiking, biking, rail trail, equestrian, and off-highway vehicle trails.
To talk with John about preparing a plan or designing sustainable trails, call him at 412-321-6362, extension 102, or email him at:firstname.lastname@example.org.