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-Logging to begin at Mack between General Strickler Road and Forge Hill road.


If in doubt a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving heavy tracks please turn back. 


Governor Dick

click here for new map 

updated 2015-04-24


 Swatara State Park

Trails are in good shape

updated 2015-05-05


Camp Mack

updated 2014-09-29

CLICK HERE FOR CLOSURE/RESTRICTED DATES

CAMP RULES click here for info

Please check the map on the Camp Mack Section for open/closed trails.

Red= CAMP CLOSED

Orange= Hunting

Yellow=Scout Activities 

If in doubt a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving heavy tracks please turn back. 


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Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association - SAMBA
Governor Dick / Mount Gretna Trail Work Day - Success!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Desiree McElheny   
Sunday, 28 March 2010 09:16
Hi everyone,
 
I wish to thank you all for an excellent trail work day at Governor Dick.  Due to a great turnout, all the work scheduled was accomplished.  It was nice to see a variety of trail users from the biking (SAMBA, YAMBA, Reading area, Gretna, E-town), hiking and equestrian community.  Special thanks to:  Jim Lesher, Kory Luginbulte, Jim Kraft, Mark Keiser, Jeff Keiter, Kevin Westover, Steve Rutter, Kathy Shank, Gary Kintzer, Shane Sanders, Brian Despot, Brad Ditzler, the Doxtater family (Brad, Melissa, and Mady), Chris Shelly, Jim Guenther, Michael Barron, Rick Richards (Adopt-A-Trail) and Matt McElheny.  It was a pleasure working with you all.  I will keep you posted of additional work days yet to be determined.  For now, enjoy the trails. 
 
Desiree & Matt McElheny
Governor Dick - Trail Support Committee
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 May 2010 19:10 )
 
SAMBA-J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation-Spring Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Myers   
Sunday, 14 March 2010 19:01

 

This is the schedule for the spring work days. STARTS NEXT SATURDAY THE 20th!
We will be creating a new trail from Lost Valley to the east end of Big Timber. If you think you may be able to attend please reply with what date(s) you are planning on coming even if you end up not being able to attend, this helps with the planning
NOTE: I had a computer issue and I know I lost some e-mail addresses- Please forward to all you friends that may have been getting e-mails before.
TRAIL WORK DAYS- Meet at the large pavilion-
MARCH
Saturday- 20th 8:00 am-Noon ?
APRIL
Saturday-3rd 8:00 am-Noon ?
Saturday-17th 8:00 am-Noon ?
Sunday-18th  1:30 pm-5 pm?
Sunday-25th 1:30 pm-5 pm?
What you should bring?
  1. Work gloves
  2. Sturdy boots
  3. Long pants
What SAMBA will bring?
  1. Tools
  2. Water
  3. Snack bars
3D ARCHERY SHOOT- CAMP CLOSED-
 APRIL
Saturday 10th- Sunday 11th
Matt Myers
SAMBA -Camp Mack Trial coordinator
717-682-2367
Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 March 2010 13:19 )
 
Governor Dick /Mt. Gretna trail 4 open again for mountain biking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt McElheny   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 20:42
Hello all,

Very good news to report with regard to trail 4 at Governor Dick. In a collaborative effort with the board members at GD, it has been decided that trail 4 should remain open to mountain biking. It can be accessed from trail 2 to the tower and then down trail 1 to trail 4. The small section of trail 1 towards the center is still foot travel only. This will once again allow mountain bikers the opportunity to ride an excellent sustainable downhill mountain bike trail built by locals many years ago. Soon we will fix the trail post designations to indicate bikes are permitted.

Additional projects will include a re-route of trail 6 once the fencing at GD is completed. The fencing is occurring in the areas where the dead oak trees were harvested due to the gypsy moth invasion. They will be re-planting inside the fencing which is part of the "Growing Greener" grant. Also, we will be doing a clean up around the old Clarence Schock Tower House site with a commemorative plaque to be placed nearby. In the past folks have asked about group rides so we are hopeful to set that up. Last, there is always trail maintenance to do.

June 12th we will be doing an official night mountain bike ride. There will be a $5 charge per rider and proceeds will go to the Trail Support Committee to buy tools. I will post the ride in May with detailed information on the SAMBA website and MTBR.

In the near future we will be asking for help to complete our projects. We are hopeful more trail users will join us on the support committee and attend meetings every third Thursday of the month at 7:15PM. For now, enjoy the snow....it will melt....and it will be time to ride again!!

Desiree & Matt McElheny
Trail Support Committee at Governor Dick
Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 February 2010 20:45 )
 
American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure Ride PDF Print E-mail

Check out SAMBA at the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure ride and help fight diabetes! Go to SAMBA team page by clicking here.  There is a 16 mile mountain bike ride at Michaux on June 6th and a road May 22nd meeting at Yellow Breeches Middle School (click here for more info)

 
Governor Dick /Mt. Gretna Trail Alert - Please read PDF Print E-mail
Written by Desiree Oliveri-McElheny   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 19:16

 

 UPDATE: The new trail rules went into effect 1-1-10! Please check out the new map here (click here).

 

The proposals we had submitted to the Board at the park have been rejected. We are still trying to gain back trail 4.

Affected trails:
Trail 1 – Gravel Road to tower
Trail 2 – From Pinch Parking Area to Trail 1
Trail 4 – From Trail 1 to Trail 15
Trail 12 – Old Horseshoe Trail (downhill from Trail 9 (road) to Trail 5, 13
Trail 13 – From old 72 to Trail 5 (bikes, horses must use old 72)
Trail 14
Please note: Even though the sign reads “THE 2007 GOVERNOR DICK TRAIL SUPPORT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION…”, that the committee that was involved was forced into agreeing to the closures only on threat of losing all trail access to biking.

The signs read as follows:
THIS TRAIL IS
FOOT TRAVEL ONLY

THE 2007 GOVERNOR DICK TRAIL SUPPORT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION AND SUBSEQUENTLY APPROVED BY BOTH PARK TRUSTEES: THE LEBANON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE CLARENCE SCHOCK FOUNDATION HAS DESIGNATED THIS TRAIL AS FOOT TRAVEL ONLY.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2010
PROTECTED BY LEBANON COUNTY ORDINANCE # 32
AND 18 PA CS §3503

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION



Desiree & Matt McElheny
Trail Support Committee at Governor Dick


 

Foot travel only trails to be posted in November '09:

Hello all, the Board of Trustees at Governor Dick will be enforcing the decision made over two years ago to post certain trails at Governor Dick in Mount Gretna, PA. as "Foot Travel Only". Currently, the trails involved are: 1,12, section of 13, 14, and possibly 4. As it stands, this will involve 3.15 miles(21%) of trails.

It is absolutely imperative that these postings be honored. There is a real chance all trails could become Foot Travel Only if not. Currently, the Trail Support Committee has several trail proposals being considered which will be very beneficial to the trail system at GD if we get approval.

We will keep folks up to date as to when the posting does occur. As advocates of a multi-use trail system we do not agree with this decision but we do have to honor it. In the near future we will have a map available. I can also guarantee you that the defacto park ranger will be looking for folks to ticket and also has the right to take your bike. Please don't get yourself in this situation.

Do trust that the Governor Dick Trail Support Committee is doing everything we can to make our park a great place to ride. As always, the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association will continue to maintain the multi-use trails at Governor Dick.

Last, we would appreciate if this message gets passed along to anyone who rides GD.

Thank you,

Desiree & Matt McElheny
Trail Support Committee at Governor Dick

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 January 2010 11:56 )
 
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