By Jessica LaRosa
It’s easy to come up with excuses to stay inside and keep warm all winter, but there are so many reasons to get up and get moving outside! Pennsylvania’s abundant snowmobile trails are just one of those reasons. If you’ve never snowmobiled, it can be quite an exhilarating rush or just a beautiful ride in the snowy scenery. Check out the trails listed here to find your perfect snowmobiling destination.
Before you set out though, you should familiarize yourself with a number of the rules and regulations that apply to snowmobiling in Pennsylvania. Please review detailed information by clicking here for PASnow’s website.
Hours: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Prices: Monday-Thursday: $65/driver; Friday-Sunday: $75/driver; Passengers aged 12+: $40/person
Seven Springs is the perfect place to try out snowmobiling as their drivers will take you out on a tour on their own registered vehicles. This way you don’t have to worry about registrations and paperwork! Offered six times throughout the day, you can go on a one-hour tour as a couple, a family, or with friends. You’ll make your way through the slopes of the Laurel Highlands and enjoy some beautiful snowy scenery.
Forbes State Forest is an expansive 59,000-acre park that encompasses areas of Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties. Spanning the mountains of the Laurel Highlands, this park offers over 115 miles of state forest roads and trails for snowmobiling. The expansive trails are great for the experienced rider, as you could easily go all day and not cover all of the trails.
Gallitzin State Forest makes up 24,000 acres of land in northern Somerset, Bedford, Cambria, and Indiana counties. Much like Forbes State Forest, the scenery includes beautiful mountain ridges courtesy of the Laurel Ridge and Allegheny Front. There are two dedicated areas for snowmobile trails here, including a popular 9-mile trail in the Babcock area north of Route 56. The Rager Mountain area also offers 4 miles of trails off of Route 403 near Cramer. Since the trails are a bit shorter, this might be a great place to take younger kids for their first rides!
Yellow Creek’s 3,000 acres in Indiana County offer some great snowmobile trails within the forest and open fields of the State Park. Bring a registered snowmobile and explore 350 acres of open space, accessible from the beach/day use area.
Jessica LaRosa is a fitness and Pittsburgh enthusiast currently displaced in suburban Philadelphia. You can follow her healthy living journey at www.forthefunoffit.wordpress.com.