Off-Road Trail Test – Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area
Photos by: Alfonse Palaima
It seems you hear a lot about riding parks closing or in jeopardy of closing these days. Whether this is the truth or an Internet hoax spawned to create panic, is for many of us to decide for ourselves. But whether ride spots are closing or not; it’s safe to say that we don’t have nearly enough of them and we welcome any new OHV trails and recreation areas.
Just recently, I was invited by Kawasaki Motor Co. to take part in the test of their 2012 ATV and SxS lineup. Along with the testing we were also treated to a new riding area that is currently under development. This particular area has been used by off-road vehicles for years. Now, an effort is being spearheaded to organize the space into an area that can be legally enjoyed by 4×4 off-roaders and ATV riders alike.
The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) is located just a little over an hour from Harrisburg, PA. in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. While the AOAA is still in the planning phase, it’s goal is to create an outdoor recreational area that supports a variety of outdoor interests.
Exploring the AOAA riding area was just as fun as my inaugural ride aboard the newly re-designed 2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750i EPS ATV. This is an amazing ATV to ride. It has plenty of muscle and the electronic power steering makes traversing some of the most difficult terrain easy. Be sure to revisit us soon for our review on the 2012 Brute Force 750i EPS.
We were not able to scratch the surface of the 6,400 acres of proposed area. However, I can say that there are some excellent opportunities if you ride an ATV or UTV. We also encountered a group of Hummers on one of the trails while riding! The variety of trails range anywhere from mild, intermediate to expert level. At the time of this writing there is nothing currently marked – but will be once the area gets formalized for public access.
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