*A message from the SMCC Board Members*

Per the DCNR Trail Update: After lots of thought and concerns regarding negative trail impact and tread damage during the expected mild winter riding season, the District is announcing the following statement today on its website and Facebook page. This past year, we’ve had historic wet conditions – wettest year on record (dating to 1887), wettest summer on record, and third wettest fall on record. The fall wet weather resulted in doubling the normal amount on rainfall. The results would be damage, erosion and tread surface displacement to the current OHM and Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail Systems if opened for riding. To prevent further damage to both trails, the winter riding season is closed. The purpose of this is to preserve the single track trails and minimize additional work needed to keep the trails open. I know initially I told everyone we were going to monitor the weather and frost layer before making a closure, but this would have been too difficult and just created confusion for riders. Currently, riders assume after December 09 they can ride. I know we will have some confusion, but we are hoping the clubs can help spread the word of the closure to riders. This closure applies to all single track and gated Rd/trails. All roads and drivable trails open to all license motorized vehicles will remain open. Winter Riding Closure Signs will be posted at trail heads and parking areas. Clubs like yours are important to educate riders and maintain these unique trail systems. Thank you for all the help.

SMCC and the DCNR are taking a very strong stance to anyone caught illegally riding on closed trails in the Bald Eagle State Forest. Despite warnings, some riders are still illegally riding causing damage to trails and presenting a nuisance to other forest users.

Recent evidence of illegal riding indicates the problem could be wider than local ‘joy riders’ as it includes motocross, enduro, adventure and trail bike riders.

To make it perfectly clear, the only places in Bald Eagle State Forest where off road riding is permitted is at authorized trails listed on the DCNR seasonal trail closure map from the Friday before Memorial Day to through the last full weekend in September (summer season). And from the day following the last day of regular or antler-less deer season as established by the Game Commission through the following April 1st (winter season). If you are trail riding – you must not deviate from authorized trails.

SMCC is making their position very clear that any rider caught illegally riding or encouraging it on social media, will be subject to disciplinary action which may result in a lifetime ban within SMCC as well as the DCNR enforcing up to and including the suspension of your license. There are no excuses! The reputation and future of off road sport in Centre County is being seriously affected by a few irresponsible individuals.

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2018 Events

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2018 Raven Half Marathon

Sunday, October 7th

Course Details
A challenging 13.1 mile course on mostly single track mountain trails with some substantial climbs containing roots and loose rocks. (trail shoes are recommended)

Race Benefits SMCC trail building and maintenance in the Bald Eagle State Forest

Race Day Registration Time
7:30am to 8:45am

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Conserve The Ride

June 8th-10th

Course Details
This 3-day adventure getaway features over 150 miles of riding

Registration Location
148 Woodward Cave Dr. Woodward, PA 16882

Entry Fee
$315.00

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2018 Raven Mountain Bike Enduro

Sunday, October 14th

Course Details
This race starts and finishes at the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp, 227 Sand Mountain Rd, Spring Mills. It is 18 miles of epic single-track in the Bald Eagle State Forest. There are 5 timed stages, and trophies are given to the top three riders in each class.

Event Location
The event starts and finishes at the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp - 227 Sand Mountain Rd, Spring Mills, this ride is 18 miles of epic single-track in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Entry Fee
Pre-Entry $45 closes October 8th and includes a t-shirt
Post-Entry $55

Helmet Required
Protective safety gear strongly recommended

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