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Black Bear Trailhead
N40 56.813 and W 078 08.335

Gillentown Trailhead
N41 01.835 W077 59.472
1145 West Sycamore Road
Moshannon, PA 16859


Bloody Skillet Connector Notice:
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has started to do some work on the connector at the township road end and will be working towards the Bloody Skillet ATV area. Please be alert as you may encounter, heavy equipment and vehicles on the connector trail as they travel it from the Texas Eastern Gas Line to Bloody Skillet. There has also been some trail markers and signs removed along the connector and there is more and more evidence of atv's traveling off of the connector trail corridor and into areas not open to ATV's. Please report anyone removing signs and or not staying on the trail.

The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails now connects to the Bloody Skillet ATV riding area in Centre County via a 6 1/2 mile connector trail. This connector can be found at the Clarence side of the rails to trails.

The Bloody Skillet ATV riding area consists of 37 trail miles (Phase 1 & 2) and is accessed from SR 144 approximately 18 1/2 miles north of Snow Shoe. Turn right onto DeHaas Road and travel 5 miles south to the Northern Terminus Trailhead. Registered Class II ATV's are permitted on this trail that are less than 58" in width and less than 1,200 pounds.

Bloody Skillet is open during the summer and winter seasons. The summer season runs from the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September. The winter season runs from the day following the last day of the regular or extended antlerless deer season as established by the Game Commision through the following April 1. There are some trails that remain closed until after the late muzzleloader season, please check with the individual forest district to see when the trails will open for the winter season.

Directions To Gillentown Trailhead
Get off Interstate 80 at Snow Shoe. Take route 144 north approximately 1-1/2 miles to a 4 way stop. There will be two churches on the left. Proceed straight ahead on north 144 another 2 miles. Seprish Recycling will be on your left at the top of a hill. Start slowing down and proceed another 200 yards to the bottom of the hill. Turn left at Gillentown Trailhead sign. Go approximately 300 yards back the road to several acres of parking. The trail is adjacent to the parking area.

Directions To Black Bear Trailhead

Take Interstate 80 to Kylertown Exit. Turn north onto Route 53. Go about 1/3 mile and turn right onto Main Street (This is the very first road past the east bound interstate 80 exit). Stay on Main Street (after about 2 miles you will see the fire hall and Jackson's Bar on left). Continue about 1/2 mile and you will pass the old Avondale Hotel on your left and the road makes an extreme left hand turn with a park on your right. The road crosses over a bridge that spans the Red Moshannon/Centre County Line. Continue up a hill and the Black Bear Nursery will be on your left and a stop sign just past the nursery. This concludes about 3.7 miles from Route 53 to the Trailhead. Turn right at stop sign and go about 200 feet and turn left into the Entrance to the Black Bear Trailhead. There is a large sign on the left of the entrance "Black Bear Trailhead" and a large rock on the right side of the entrance with a bear inscribed on it. Proceed to the back of the parking area. (No camping overnight at The Black Bear Trailhead).

From Route 220, take Steel Hollow Road to Julian Pike, turn left towards Black Moshannon State Park. At Route 504 intersection turn left (towards Philipsburg). Go 0.1 miles across the bridge, turn right onto Casanova Road (towards Winburne/Kylertown) for 5.8 miles to trailhead on the right.

From the Philipsburg area, take Route 504 towards Black Moshannon, turning left onto Hanna Furnace Road (a well maintained gravel road). Go 3 miles turning left onto a paved road (Casanova Road) then 0.6 miles to trailhead on left.

Another option from Philipsburg is to take Coaldale Road to the Casanova Road turning right and going 0.4 mile to the trailhead on the right.