The ANF Region has much to offer during the winter months, whether it’s strapping on cross country skis or snowshoes or cozying up next to a roaring fire after a day in the snow. Conveniently located just 20 minutes south of Ellicottville, you can access the forest region at the northern gateway of Bradford via Route 219 into Pennsylvania.
The ANF Region plays host to some of the best snowmobile trails around. The wonders of the Allegheny National Forest include snow-covered mountains and fabulous sites. These are part of the 366 miles of trails within the National Forest.
For conditions, go to www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/recreation/snowmobile_trails/ or call 877-766-6253. For current weather conditions or to request a snowmobile map, contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or log onto www.visitANF.com.
THE LODGE AT GLENDORN
The Lodge at Glendorn, located at 1000 Glendorn Drive in Bradford, is also the perfect place for an adventure in the Forest. Glendorn has 1,280 acres of densely wooded land that becomes a premier playground in the winter. Glendorn offers snowshoeing, cross country skiing, curling, snowmobiling, ice fishing and horseback riding.
The Lodge provides all the cross country ski equipment – from the boots to the poles to the skis themselves. Introductory lessons are available for beginners. There are also three warming cabins with wood-burning fireplaces placed along the trail to give the skier a place to rest. Glendorn’s trail system is also great for those who snowshoe.
Visitors can also jump on a snowmobile for a guided tour that includes groomed trails, large open meadows and scenic views that will take your breath away. A ride on a Jeep equipped with MATTRACKS Tracks system will take you to some of the more remote areas.
For those who would rather have someone else do the work, scenic horse-drawn sleigh rides are also available. January through March is ice fishing time at Glendorn when people can try their luck at catching walleye and pike.
The outside activities are just a fraction of what Glendorn has to offer. From January through mid-march, Glendorn will be offering Bistro Dinners every Wednesday. The Bistro Dinners are a three-course dinner for $30.
For more information on Glendorn, call 800-843-8568 or log onto www.glendorn.com.
For those seeking more physical activity, strapping on a pair of snowshoes is the way to go. The Fran Charles Shop at 12 Congress Street, Bradford, rents snowshoes for those who want to hit the trails. The price is $25 per day or $40 Saturday through Monday.
If you don’t want to hit the trails alone, they’ve got you covered there, too. Starting in January, Susan Godfrey, owner of the Fran Charles Shop, will pick a new trail in the Bradford area every Friday. She will have the snowshoes and poles - all you need is the energy. The cost to participate starts at $10 an hour.
For more information, go to www.francharles.com or call 814-368-8248.
MARILLA WINTER TREK
A great time to put these snowshoes to the test is at the Marilla Winter Trek, which will take place from Feb. 13 from noon-4pm at the Marilla Trail System, just eight miles west of the City of Bradford.
Members of the Tuna Valley Trail Association will be on hand to assist visitors whether they choose to snowshoe, cross country ski, ice skate, geocache or walk the beautiful, scenic trails.
This trail system runs the gamut of possibilities and includes an easy one-mile loop and goes to more adventurous trails.
There will be snowshoeing and cross country skiing lessons as well as guided snowshoe hikes. Free refreshments will be provided by the trail association. To learn more, call 814-362-9928 or 814-362-2323.
For more information on the region or to request a free visitor guide, call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or log onto www.visitANF.com to catch other attractions in the region.