Kelly Pines Powerhouse

Marienville, Pennsylvania

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This beautiful ride leaves from one of the more spectacular campgrounds in Pennsylvania. Majestic white pine and hemlock trees grow in this peaceful spot as Wolf Run quietly meanders through. Kelly Pines Campground makes a wonderful base camp when riding this region. Only 7 miles from town, this little-known spot was once a managed Forest Service campground, and you can still see the old steel deposit box over by the creek. It doesn’t boast a lot of camping sites, but the best part about them is that they’re free. There are pit toilets, but no potable water; you will have to filter that from the stream. The first half of the ride slowly climbs through lush mixed hardwood forests to an area with many unique gritstone boulders on either side of the road. These huge blocks are the remains of glacial action that took place quite some time ago, and they make for an incredible playground. Highlights: historical relics; unique geologic features; all the classic elements of a perfect ride, including an uphill section, a flat section, and fast downhill. Tread: the first 4 miles are on dirt fire road. The descent down the last 2 miles is a mix of old woods road and doubletrack.

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"This beautiful ride leaves from one of the more spectacular campgrounds in Pennsylvania. Majestic white pine and hemlock trees grow in this peaceful spot as Wolf Run quietly meanders through. Kelly Pines Campground makes a wonderful base camp when riding this region. Only 7 miles from town, this little-known spot was once a managed Forest Service campground, and you can still see the old steel deposit box over by the creek. It doesn’t boast a lot of camping sites, but the best part about them is that they’re free.

There are pit toilets, but no potable water; you will have to filter that from the stream. The first half of the ride slowly climbs through lush mixed hardwood forests to an area with many unique gritstone boulders on either side of the road. These huge blocks are the remains of glacial action that took place quite some time ago, and they make for an incredible playground. Highlights: historical relics; unique geologic features; all the classic elements of a perfect ride, including an uphill section, a flat section, and fast downhill. Tread: the first 4 miles are on dirt fire road. The descent down the last 2 miles is a mix of old woods road and doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Marienville
Distance: 6.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Allegheny National Forest 814-723-5150
Local Maps: USGS Marienville East, Halton
Driving Directions: Directions to Kelly Pines Powerhouse

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May 2018