BURNSIDE — Momentum is building at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), the county-owned off-road park developed on former mine lands as a means of driving economic development in southeastern Northumberland County.
Since its ribbon cutting in May 2014, the park had more than 80,000 visitors who come from near and far to ride ATVs, motorcycles, side-by-sides and full-size vehicles on AOAA’s unique landscapes. The AOAA has donated over $100,000 to the municipalities and the county since its inception.
The park has been growing in size, combined with the 6,500 acres that were leased from Northumberland County along with other land purchases and leases the AOAA has now grown to 7,400 acres.
In addition to the land, the AOAA added an event center. The building is used almost every weekend by organizers of events like Jeep Jamboree USA, Offroad Consulting and Anthracite Trail Riders. Staff also use it to host events open to the public.
The park also has a 3.1 mile wellness and walking trail around the welcome center that has walking bridges and four exercise pods along with beautiful views. The Trailhead Campground, a privately-owned business is now open with 52 primitive campsites.
The AOAA is open Thursday through Sunday in spring, summer and fall months and Friday through Sunday in the winter. Visitors can purchase year round, single or multi-day passes to access the AOAA’s motorized trails with discounts given to county residents.
Non-motorized activities like hiking are free but limited to certain areas and times.