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  1. #1
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    Jun 2007

    Rothrocks Advice

    I'm going to be driving to Pittsburgh from the Adirondack Mountains in NY and was planning on stopping off in State College for some riding. I hear Rothrocks is the place. I emailed the DCNR and I'm told I'll need a permit to camp out there.

    For those of you familiar with the area, what would be the best spot to apply for?

    I was thinking about stoppin by one of the local shops for a map unless someone can direct me to a good one online. The imba site has Roths listed as an epic and their map link is apparently sold in stores. What are the must hit trails?

    Also... If anyone is free that day and willing to give me a tour it would be much appreciated. Will pay in beer!

    Edit: That day being June 3.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Go to for local club & ride info.

    Greenwood Furnace state park is the nicest campground, Penn Roosevelt state park is more rustic. Both are close to good trails.

  3. #3
    Prez NMBA
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    as far as camping goes, I would also suggest either greenwood (water and electricity and showers) or as mentioned penn roosevelt, rustic, you need to reserve a spot on line for at least greenwood, nobody is ever at penn roosevelt. Those are state parks. to camp in the state forest, there area a few larger sites that you need to get a permit for. kind of a pain to go through that process and pick up the permit etc. also no nothing at those sites.
    As far as riding goes, skip the IMBA Epic, too much fire road, theres been a lot of trail put in since that was marked out. A purple lizard trail map will give you a good over view but is missing many trails. as OMFlyer mentioned, hit up our site and the maps tab, there are pretty upto date maps there. drop me a PM if you want specific ride directions and/or GPS tracks. We may also be able to find somebody to hook up with ya for a guided tour, we're always out there riding anyways, love to show new guys around but weekdays are sometimes tough during the day. If you happen to be by in the evening, we have a club group ride leaving at 6pm, there directions on the website or PM for more details

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