COAL TOWNSHIP — A new park in Northumberland County is the first of its kind in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.
It’s for people who want some open space to ride ATVs, side by sides, dirt bikes, Jeeps and Hummers.
On Saturday, All 6500 acres of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area opened to the public.
The park received a $3 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to get this area up and running.
“It’s a county wide project. We see it as a way to revitalize this area of Northumberland County, the lower anthracite region,” said Jim Backes, the chairman for the park. “We have some smooth trails, we have some real rocky trails, we have some trails that challenge you to get up on your Jeep, we have what we call challenge trails and we have mud,” Backes continued.
“Don’t be afraid to get dirty I guess,” said Ryan Jones of York.
“Be prepared to have fun. And get a little muddy? Yeah definitely get a little muddy,” said Debbie Heim of Schuylkill Haven.
About 200 riders from four states headed to Coal Township for the park’s opening day.
“They took us on a guided tour. It was pretty nice. All in all, it was a nice experience,” said Jones.
The park will be open on weekends year-round.