Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout the years there has been some repeatedly
asked questions about the Snow Shoe Rails
to Trails, so we have decided to add this
category for user convenience.
1. Where is
the SSRT located?
Exit 147 off of I-80. Turn left on SR-144
go approximately 3 miles, look for ENTRANCE
to Gillentown Trailhead on the left-Green
street sign, kiosk and large SSRT letters
in white stone on red stone across from kiosk.
Lots of parking .
2. How many
miles is the SSRT?
19 miles of railroad bed. Most is original
ballast that is periodically graded, 4 miles
from Gillentown to Clarence has been topped
with DSA surface. The Snow Shoe Township has
worked with the SSRTA and legalized about
20 plus miles of township roads that lead
s to the Bloody Skillet. DCNR has worked with
the SSRTA and created a connector to the Bloody
Skillet, starting at pipe line 55.
3. Can I ride
double on the SSRT?-yes.
4. Can I ride
a “dirt” bike or “go-cart”?
– NO. Only legally PA State registered
units with current liability insurance are
allowed to become members to use the SSRT.
5. What if I
am Out- of –State? Check
with PA-DCNR’s website to see if your
State has Reciprocity. If it does not, you
must register with PA-provide proof of ownership
(title-sales slip) and current insurance.
An unregistered unit can get a title created
at a tag service by providing the needed information.
6. When is the
Trail open or closed? The
SSRT is open 24/7. We ask that members respect
the neighbors along the Trail in speed and
noise-loud exhaust pipes are a unwanted annoyance.
7. If I sell
my unit or buy a new one-should I remove the
NO. The sticker stays with that unit, just
as the plates must. A new unit requires new
information on a new application , with the
membership fee. Stickers may NOT be transferred
– our Trail insurance requires that
ALL units be registered and carry current
insurance and our sticker system is the SSRTA’s
way of keeping track of those users (units)
on the Trail.
8. What if I lost my
You must reapply for membership. Our stickers
are tried and true if applied on a clean dry
surface—the use of rubbing alcohol on
the desired spot will assure adherence. Keep
power washers at least 12 inches away from
the sticker—if it does come off and
can be sent to our mailing address, we will
issue a new sticker—a $2.00 replacement
fee should be submitted along with the old
sticker.* Membership costs and sticker placement
is listed on our applications. Rules and Regulations
are provided to all members.
9. Can I camp
at Gillentown Trailhead?
Yes. Members may camp at Gillentown for no
charge- we only ask that all fires be self
contained-Open fires on the limestone parking
caused many problems-and any member doing
so will lose their membership. We ask all
members to self regulate this rule as a common
courtesy-no one wants to run over nails or
debris from a fire.
Are there any other trails that I can ride
on besides the SSRT or the legal Township
All atvists must respect the land owners
and by PA-State Law must ask permission to
ride on other people’s lands. Posted
and No Trespassing signs mean exactly that.
The SSRTA is only responsible for the designated
Trail and the use of the legalized Township
11. Does the
SSRTA patrol the Trail? Yes.
The SSRTA has a contract with the Centre County
Sheriff’s Office to patrol the Trail
and enforce the Rules and Regulations of the
SSRTA and those of the PA-State.
12. Do I have
to wear a helmet? YES. It
is a State Law for all atvists , drivers and
passengers, to wear helmets on ALL units-including
UTV’s. NO EXCEPTIONS.