FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located between Tremont and Tower City, just off PA Interstate 81, Exit 107. Take Exit 107, bear right onto 209 South, follow that into Joliett. Turn left at Joliett Street, then make an immediate left onto Molleystown Road. Go 1/2 mile until you see our entrance on the right. Our physical address is 453 Molleystown Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Our U.S. Postal address is P.O. Box 215, Pine Grove, PA 17963.
FROM PA INTERSTATE 78
Take the Bethel exit (Exit 13) and turn right onto PA-501 North. Travel approximately 8 miles into the town of Pine Grove. Turn left at the stop sign onto PA-895 West. Travel ½ mile to the next stop sign and turn right onto PA-443 East. At the traffic light continue straight on PA-125. Turn left for the Route 81 Interchange Exit 104 – Exxon station (Molleystown Road). From here you can get on 81 and travel North 3 miles and pick up the directions from Route 81 (Exit 107) above. Or you can continue on Molleystown Road and drive up through the village of Lorberry. At the fork in the road, go right towards Joliett. Once on top of the hill, our driveway is on the left just past the intersection with Lincoln Road.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
All persons 16 and older, whether a driver or a passenger, must become members of the park. The membership costs $50 and is good through 12/31 of the year you join (those joining Oct-Dec will be good through 12/31 of the following year). Once you are a member, the daily entrance fee for the vehicle and its driver is $65. Passengers are $20 each (the $20 is waived the day a passenger pays for their membership). Children 15 and younger free. Included in your daily fees is primitive camping (reservation required). All children 17 and younger require their parent to sign a parental waiver. We accept Visa, MC, Discover, and cash. For our frequent visitors, we offer some specials. A Frequent Driver Pass for $260, which is good for five visits, or a Season Pass for $600. These passes are seasonal, running through 12/31 of the year you purchase (those purchased Oct-Dec will be good through 12/31 of the following year).
WHAT KIND OF CAMPGROUND DO YOU HAVE?
The camping is primitive and included with your admission. Pack in and pack out what you need. We have porta-potty service at the main parking lot. There is room for tow rigs and trailer parking as well as for RVs and pop-ups. We have fire rings and picnic tables. There is plenty of firewood along the trails for our members to use. We have firewood and ice for sale at the office. All camping is by prior arrangement by emailing email@example.com.
CAN I JUST SHOW UP ANYTIME? WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
We are open Fri-Sat-Sun year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas and for a brief time during December’s deer rifle season. We are open Memorial Day, Labor Day, July Fourth, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. There are times when members will be required to make a reservation for their visit which is explained more fully below. There may be special events throughout the year, so be sure to visit our FB page to find out about any special events that might affect your visit.
The park is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday without the need to make a reservation. If you wish to visit Monday through Thursday, then you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is availability.
Office hours are: Friday-Saturday 8am to 5pm (*you can wheel til dusk) Sunday 8am to 5pm (*the park and trails close at 5pm). We reserve the right to refuse admittance after 3pm on Sunday)
The minimum group size is two vehicles. If you show up alone there is no guarantee you will find a suitable group to go with. Visit our FB Group Page called Rausch Creek Connection to find others to go with. When setting up a ride with your friends and fellow club members, it is advisable for one person in the group to be the official contact person and for the group to decide upon a group name to be used at registration. If everyone exchanges cell phone numbers with each other, then late arrivals can be dealt with in an orderly fashion. The contact person will be the one responsible to leave a cell number with the office and to check-out at the end of the day. Keep in mind if one of the two vehicles breaks down, you cannot continue on alone, you will either have to call it a day or find another group to join.
WHAT DOES MAKING A RESERVATION INVOLVE?
During mid-week when the park is closed we need to know in advance that your group wants to visit the park. Such groups need the required two-vehicle minimum and at least one person should be a member of the park and have knowledge regarding vehicle recovery and repair. To make a mid-week reservation, email email@example.com to see if there is availability.
DOES OUR GROUP NEED A TRAIL GUIDE?
It is not a requirement, but if your club is visiting for the first time, you may want to have a guide to show you around. However, the trails are well-marked and groups are provided with maps, and we have found that most people are able to navigate themselves quite well on their own. We use Maprika which will show your location on the trail map to help guide you. If you wish to have a guide, visit Offroad Consulting or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE THE TRAILS LIKE?
The trail network consists of existing forest roads and trails that were cut open by hand. The trails are marked with signs and maps are provided. The trails are rated green (easy), blue (intermediate), black (hard), and red (extreme). Several trails have many bypasses so that groups of different levels can run a trail together. When you check your group in, speak to one of the staff members for help in picking trails to run. Our parking/staging area is located on the perimeter of the forest, so you will encounter trails of all levels within moments of your group leaving the parking area. Our maps are on Maprika.
SHOULD I BRING FOOD?
Yes. Food, snacks, beverages and water is advisable since you may be on the trails all day. Also remember to bring any prescription medicine.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Yes. Dogs should be kept on a leash and picked up after.
WHERE CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT OR STOCK UP?
The nearest gas station is at Exit 104 (Exxon station, Ravine exit). There is a Burger King there and a quick-mart.
If you want to stay at a full-service facility, please contact one of the local campgrounds below:
Echo Valley Campground, 52 Camp Rd. Tremont, PA 17981 (570) 695-3659
Camp-A-While, 1921 East Main St. Hegins, PA 17938 (570) 682-8696
Twin Grove Park & Campground 1445 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 (717) 865-4602
Mention you are wheeling at Rausch Creek for rate discount!
Exit 100 (Pine Grove) 7 miles from the park
Comfort Inn, 433 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 (570) 345-8031
Baymont Inn, 419 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 (570) 345-4099
Hampton Inn, 481 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 (570) 345-4505
Knights Inn 347 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 (570) 345-8095
Interstate 81 Exit 119, Frackville / Pottsville (15 miles)
Country Inn & Suites 100 Keystone Blvd, Pottsville, PA 17901 (570) 544-5201
Interstate 81 Exit 90, Lebanon / Lickdale (17 miles)
Days Inn 3 Everest Ln. Jonestown, PA 17038 (717) 865-4064
Comfort Inn 6 Marsanna Ln. Jonestown, PA 17038 (717) 865-8080
Fairfield Inn & Suites 4 Fisher Ave. Jonestown, PA 17038 (717) 865-4234
Interstate 81 Exit 124A, St. Clair (17 miles)
Holiday Inn Express 58 Schuykill Mall, Frackville, PA 17931 (570) 874-1700
Interstate 81 Exit 124B, Frackville (17miles)
Econo Lodge 501 S Middle St. Frackville, PA 17931 (570) 874-3838
Rodeway Inn 701 Altamont Blvd. Frackville, PA 17931 (570) 874-1223
IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
You can email us at email@example.com. Or Call the main office at 570-695-3900.
CAN I BRING MY BIKE/QUAD/SXS?
Sorry, but our park is limited to trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. Quads, bikes, and SXS are allowed at a separate facility called Rausch Creek Trail Riders.