About the AOAA
The Northumberland County AOAA Authority leases approximately 6,500 acres of coal lands in lower Northumberland County for the purposes of actively managing a family-friendly motorized and non-motorized recreation facility. The AOAA officially opened in May of 2014 and remains open on weekends and extended holiday hours. In addition to recreation, the AOAA property contains very unique and attractive features for motorized and non-motorized recreation. The property also is leased to several active mining companies, has many unique environmental features, rich mining history, and varying soils.
Here are some of the AOAA Phase II projects set to be implemented in the future.
- AOAA Phase II Trailhead event area and additional parking (DCNR C2P2 Funding)
- AOAA Non-Motorized Trailhead and trails (ACT 13 - Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Funding)
- AOAA Carbon Run Headwaters project (ACT 13 - AMD Remediation Funding - DEP Growing Greener Funding)
The majority of the property the AOAA now leases/owns was mined in the 1950s and was not reclaimed until recently. While the land sat vacant for decades, it was used by many as a dumping ground. Since securing lease/ownership rights to the property, we have partnered with a variety of organizations to make the property safe and clean.
The Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority was formed in January of 2013 to address the issue of illegal riders on the 6,500 acres of county-owner forest and coal lands by providing a safe, regulated riding area – a better experience for everyone.
Keep up with the latest press on AOAA. News sources include the newspapers Shamokin News-Item and the Sunbury Daily Item, along with TV stations WNEP 16, WBRE 28, and WYOU 22. National outlets covering AOAA include ATV Rider and UTV Rider.
AOAA has your apparel and miscellaneous gear needs covered. Helmets, gloves and other riding gear, as well as a wide assortment of AOAA clothing and hats, are available for purchase at the trailhead.
AOAA riding and hiking trails are maintained in part through generous consideration of our local sponsors. Please visit these fine area restaurants, accomodations, attractions and other local organizations.
The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of Northumberland County in Coal Township, Pennsylvania. Northumberland County is located to the east of the Susquehanna River, strategically situated around 20 miles from both Interstate 80 and Interstate 81.