CMCC Bald Eagle State Forest Expeditions!
We are expanding our expedition offerings for CMCC2019. This time around you can choose between a three day, two night or a four day, three night “overland” style trip. These will both explore the back roads of central Pennsylvania, the gravel roads and drivable trails of the Bald Eagle State Forest (BESF) and the charms and sites of the small towns along the way.
Bald Eagle State Forest
These trips are suitable for any stock 4×4 vehicle and will be family friendly. There are no additional CMCC registration fees for this trip. Participants are responsible for all of their own expenses that may be incurred along the way.
The 3 day trip will travel somewhere around 100-120 miles from Rausch Creek Off-Road Park staging area to the forest on Thursday, the loop inside the forest will be somewhere around 50 miles on Friday, and then probably a bit more direct trip back to RC on Saturday. So all told 300 miles is a good ballpark.
The 4 day trip will start at the Perkins restaurant in Lewistown Pa, located just off of rt 15 Wednesday at 10:00. We can meet and greet, inspect vehicles, have a late breakfast or early lunch, then head on up to the forest and wander our way to our first campsites which are located at the northern end of BESF. This trip will cover a little more ground than the 3 day trip.
Also note that these are RURAL, not REMOTE trips. So refueling along the way would be no problem. There aren’t any Super Walmarts on the route, but at least a handful of gas stations!
Here is a trip report from someone on Expo that traveled this region and explored many of the same areas we will be going. This will give you a good idea of what to expect!
Return to Bald Eagle
Rough itinerary from last year’s ExpoCMCC is as follows:
Thursday July 11
Meet at 8am at the Rausch Creek staging area in time for the 9am CMCC driver’s meeting. We will have a quick meet and greet and then depart for a scenic 2-3 hour drive on back roads and gravel into the BESF.
Lunch stop along the way and explore a few drivable trails inside the forest before reaching campsite for the evening. We will stay in a primitive campsite with picnic table and fire ring only and likely no cell coverage.
Cookout for dinner and stories around the campfire.
Friday July 12
We will embark on a nice scenic loop through the forest including a stop at the Poe Paddy Tunnel and Poe Valley State Park where we can do some swimming and fishing and let the kids run around the playground.
Poe Paddy Tunnel
Poe Valley State Park
Our route in the afternoon will take us into Millheim, PA for dinner at the awesome Elk Creek Cafe and Alehouse.
Elk Creek Cafe
Camping that evening will be in another primitive group site.
Saturday July 13
Breakfast at camp and a leisurely ramble.
Both trips will end up back at Twin Grove Campground in time for the CMCC catered BBQ and raffle. (Anyone wishing to wheel at RC can get up early Saturday morning and hit the highway and be back to Rausch in 1.5hr)
Vehicle and participant requirements
CMCC registration (including waivers and vehicle inspection requirements), properly working 4wd vehicle, working CB radio, camping gear and a positive attitude!
You will need to be fully self-sufficient – nothing will be provided for you – no water, bathrooms, grills, shelters etc.
There will no cell service at campsites. We will have opportunity to fuel up along the route. There will be some small gas stations and convenience stores for provisioning, but no real grocery options so come prepared with your camp meals ahead of time.
FOLLOW THESE TWO STEPS TO GET SIGNED UP FOR THE ExpoCMCC TRIP:
If you want to sign up for this trip and have NOT YET REGISTERED for CMCC 2019 click here to complete your event registration: CMCC 2019 Registration, when that is complete, return to this page and enter the email address you used for your CMCC registration in the form below to sign up for the ExpoCMCC trip.
If you have ALREADY REGISTERED for CMCC 2019 and want in on this trip enter the email address you used for your CMCC registration in the form below to sign up for the ExpoCMCC trip.
ExpoCMCC SIGN UP FORM:
[Currently we are limited to 5 trucks per trip (plus the group leader). If there is sufficient demand and available staffing we will consider adding additional capacity. Please email us if the registration form is unavailable and we will add you to our waitlist.]