Monday, September 18, 2017

Line Painting - Black Bear Trailhead

Work Detail:
Usually every two years the SSRTA paints the caution lines on the Casanova Road near the Black Bear Trailhead. This is the area where the atvs/utvs cross the road. While this year we were rained out when it was originally scheduled. So, Volunteers Gary Halsnik, George Holt, Larry Mayes scheduled help from the Philipsburg Fire Department and Fire Police to assist with Traffic control and to do the job on Monday, September 18, 2017. We met at the Black Bear Trailhead to develop our plan for the day. Dave Crane & Jim Fowler from the Fire Department and Fire Police placed cones/flares signs - Men Working. Then the other volunteers cleaned the pavement, taped the area and the painting was underway. After a few hours of Dave & Jim directing traffic, we moved to the opposite site of the road and completed it. One of the vehicles traveling through was candidate for Centre County Judge, Brian Marshall. Brian introduced himself and we all did the same. Of course he wanted to know what organization we all belonged to and wanted us to explain what we were doing and why. He was very interested in each individual and what we had to say. After a brief talk, Brian was on his way.

After Brian left, we all discussed how nice it was that he stopped in and how interested he was in what we were doing. Seems like a very nice man. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DCNR Youth Certification Training at their location in Clearfield on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Carns Equipment and Snow Shoe Rails to Trails held DCNR Youth Certification Training at their location in Clearfield on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The SSRT & Carns also provided a meal to anyone stopping by this day as well as the children taking the course and the parents attending the event. Jim Verost made his special chili - wow the best!! A real big hit. Trilby Mayes helped make the potatoes, hot dogs & kraut. Carns also supplied beverages too. It was great to see all the participants and their parents. It was great to have one of our other corporate sponsors, Lee Williamson at the event. Lee's words were, my god they have a lot of atvs/utvs here and a lot of other things to offer as well. Nice to see the Corson's from Lock Haven stay and have lunch with us too. Great people!!

Bob Biggans & George Holt did a wonderful job as usual providing the training. They always seem to come up with somethings to make it fun and interesting for the kids. Wayne Wynick-retired Assistant Forest Manager of Black Moshannon Forest also assisted with a presentation to the group. Wayne provided some various views & humor to keep everyone interested.

Christian provided another great job or atv inspection checks prior to running the atv. The students stayed well tuned while he reviewed the check list.

We want to thank Justin, Steve, Geoff Carns, Kurt Climie, Rob, Tom and all that helped with the event. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails September Monthly Meeting

Those attending the SSRTA meeting last night at the Casanova Nostalgia were treated to a little extra. We were celebrating Mary Halsnik's birthday but then found out it was Gary & Mary's 37th Anniversary. Mary & Gary were treated with cakes and a Happy Birthday song too. Happy Anniversary Gary & Mary. Thank you for all you do for the trail.


Monday, September 11, 2017


Nice testimonial for one of our corporate sponsors, Best Line Powersports in Centre Hall.

On Friday of Labor Day Weekend, I unloaded my razor for a nice weekend of riding with a group of my friends. Well, it shut off and would not start after I unloaded it. A group of my friends helped me put it back on the trailer and I took it to the Best Line Powersports Centre Hall Store location. Fred Yearick, Dave Walker, Marty Wagner and one other gentleman(didn't get his name) got the razor in at the end of the day, made repairs and got me back on my way. I can thank that crew enough for making my weekend!! They turned a terrible situation into a great weekend. Now that's how a business should treat their customers and I sure appreciate it.
-Robert Harris

Work Detail on SSRT Septemeber 9, 2017

Volunteers did some trimming of the trail near and around Rock Run Bridge. They  also completed the staining of the bridge that wasn't completed from the Spring Work Details. We want to thank all of our volunteers.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Flowers Planted at Trailhead

Mary & Gary Halsnik planting some flowers near the gate to the pavilion at Gillentown Trailhead. A good start of getting flowers to beautify this area. Also, please see some beautiful flowers growing near the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Memorial planted by Sue Stimer and sisters. The organization thanks you all for making a difference!!
If anyone has flowers that you would like to plant, please do. We are looking to fill the area with flowers above the Limestone ditch on the left side of the gate to the pavilion. You can see the existing flowers so plant to the left of them. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Work Detail- Black Bear to Viaduct.

Work detail on Snow Shoe Rails to Trails
The week of August 14 & 21, 2017, Gary Halsnik & Larry Mayes worked on the trail from Black Bear Trailhead to the Viaduct. Work consisted of removing fallen trees and grading of the trail by opening up ditches and crowning the center. Work was completed on August 22. We also want to thank Robin Fye for his efforts in cutting some trees from this part of the trail too.
Here are a few pictures of before, during and after.

View photos, click here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SSRTA Week Long ATV Trip

SSRTA did a week long atv trip at the end of July and beginning of August. First we stop at Forest Lodge in Marienville and rented some rooms and camping areas too. We met the new owners, Dave & Suzzy - wonderful people-and they are making some nice improvements to the rooms and camp sites. Eric Brooks was excited to hear about the new driveway Dave is going to install into the camping area.

We spent 3 days at Marienville riding 3 separate trails & eating at several different restaurants - Voulwinkles for wings, Kelley's for breakfast, Bettina's for wonderful Italian food. The approximate 28 mile bike trail is one that is for experience riders. However, the Marienville/Timberline trails are easier areas for riding. We then traveled to Coudersport and stayed at the Mill Stream Inn and others camped at the Potato City Campground.

We took one day off from riding and relaxed around the camp fire. Mike & Nicole Harris prepared excellent BBQ ribs and chicken for supper that day. Then, we rode the Potato City Trail down to Lyman Run Dam. It was sure nice with the extra riding available that we could ride to the parks concession stand and get ice cream & hot dogs. Great idea and sure hope that it could happen at Black Moshannon Park someday. What a great economic impact.

We then traveled to Whiskey Springs and rode it one day and then back to Snow Shoe to ride the SSRT and Bloody Skillet. One great experience with a bunch of good friends to share such wonderful memories. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

15th Annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA Chicken BBQ

After a week of hot humid rainy weather, we lucked out with one beautiful day for the 15th Annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA Chicken BBQ. We had another great crowd who seemed to be having a lot of fun-enjoying wonderful riding weather and of course as delicious chicken bbq dinner. Once again, Chris Vangor and his helpers - Tim Bumbarger, Andy Basalla, Jim & Kyle Vangor out did themselves with that tasty chicken. We thank them so very much for their hard work, getting up at midnight to prepare the chicken for the event. We also had some great help provided to us by the Centre County Probation Office, who set up the day before and the day of the bbq. Many thanks to our volunteers of the SSRTA also - for painting lines, manning stations - keeping things running smoothly through the entire event. We can't forget Jack Miller and his tasty ice cream -- and a thank you to our two parking attendants Sheila and Ron Fye - They helped keep the parking organized by filling the parking lot and then filling up the overflow areas along the trail and the road to the Moshannon Community Center. Our 50/50 winner was Tom Robbins of Sullivan County. Congratulations and thank you to all the members that supported the trail at this event. Best Line Powersports has a great display of uints that created a lot of interest in the crowd, especially the razors & General. Sure had a lot of people looking them over. Mike Getz and his daughter CC looked like they had a wonderful time riding too. We noticed CC driving this time and doing a good job. Fifthteen years of sponsorship of our chicken bbq and we certainly appreciate their backing.

View photos from this event, click here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UTV Rentals at Best Line

Best Line - North Atherton Street location has utvs for rental. For more information about availability and prices, call the store at 814-237-9050 and ask for the rental counter. The rental counter guys will know availability and rates.