Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Family OHV "Destination Riding" In The Northern Tier

I've been riding in the dirt now for nearly 50 years. Most of my life has been spent riding two wheels but most recently our family has discovered the fun and adventure in OHV or UTV / ATV riding, especially in what I call "destination riding".


This crew that we met from Berwick, Pa logged 111 miles on a day trip riding from
the Potter County Family Campground to Deb's Cross Fork Inn and back 
located in Clinton County.

As I mentioned above I've spent most of my life either riding or competing on two wheels at either closed course events or off road riding areas. Not that there is anything wrong with that as I still participate at those levels and enjoy it greatly. But what we've discovered recently takes me back to my child hood where you could just open the garage door and go, the days gone by where you could spend a day riding and actually go somewhere, can anybody else relate?

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Last year we joined and got involved with the Central Mountains ATV Association and I'm so glad we did. I became aware of this group due to my event coverage work in the Motorcycle and ATV industry and I knew they were making great strides in helping open up riding areas in the state and we wanted to learn more about that.

It was here that we did our first "destination riding" in many years and we were hooked instantly.


My family and I set up and ready to ride from the Potter County Family Campground.

Our first big journey with the group took place last New Years Eve when we covered 90 miles in three degree weather to ring in the new year. We departed the Quiet Oaks Campground in Clinton County at 7 pm that night, stopped for dinner at Debs Cross Fork Inn and ended up riding in three different Pa counties before we returned back to our cabin rental to thaw out by midnight- what a blast, literally.

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Click the logo above to grab yourself a spot at Quiet Oaks Campground and go on your own destination ride.

This past weekend we wanted to introduce more of our family to the experience so we invited our daughter and her son along who celebrated his 7th birthday with his first side by side ride in the great outdoors of Potter County Pa that is known as Gods Country.


You know what - I think they are hooked too.


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Our destination ride wasn't as long this weekend as it is on some others. Number one we were introducing a young 7 year old to his first off road experience, and number two, he knew there were gifts waiting for him back at the cabin. 


Aiden got his first lesson on how to read an actual map and he then helped his pap 
find our way to our next destination.


From our location at the Potter County Family Campground we could have picked a few different destinations to travel too but as I mentioned on this day we were out for a short trip. We loaded up our Yamaha Wolverine X4 and headed for Lyman Run State Park. 


Here you and your family could spend the day doing any number of great family outdoor activities. The park offers swimming from a sandy beach, canoe rentals, fishing, hiking, a snack bar and the best part, it's available from any number of locations from around a tri county area  in your OHV vehicle.


Did I mention the views available here, talk about wide open spaces.


Arriving at the entrance to the park off the 43 mile Potter County ATV Trail System
that accepts up to 65" wide vehicles.


As you can see the fun is endless here and there is nothing like getting your family out in nature to leave the hustles and bustles of daily living behind. Please subscribe to our blog or our newletter if you'd like to learn more and keep up with the many Outdoorz adventures that we plan to embark on. please see the links below and feel free to contact us anytime.


After we arrived home I asked a youngin who celebrated his 7th birthday in Gods Country what his favorite part of the weekend was. I was expecting this gift or that, maybe the Foxes Pizza we found in Galeton or the new friends he played tag with from the cabin next door.

Nope, it was none of that - he simply said, riding the side by side pap. 😎



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