Camp Mack Fall Hunting Season Restrictions:

Camp Mack will be closed to public use Monday through Saturday during the 2018/2019 hunting season on the following dates:

Sept. 29 – Nov. 12
Nov. 26 – Dec. 8
Dec. 26 – Jan. 12


Camp Mack Trail Map


Night riding is permitted at Camp Mack.  SAMBA highly recommends never riding at night alone and riders to have two lights; one mounted on the handle bar and one mounted on the helmet. 

J Edward Mack Scout Reservation

  • The J.E. Mack Scout Reservation is a private property owned and operated by the PA Dutch Council (http://padutchbsa.org/) of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The 1000+ acre property is open to the public for mountain biking, hiking, trail running and other non-scouting activities provided the Camp closure dates/ map restrictions are observed and respected.
  • Hunting is permitted only through the exclusive use of the Hammer Creek hunt Club
  • SAMBAand the Pa Dutch Council have been working together since early 2002 and continue this relationship under a VOLUNTEER TRAIL STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT that is new for 2015.


Camp Mack Mountain Bike Trail Map


History of Camp Mack

Since the beginnings of mountain biking, Camp Mack has been a keystone in the area known to many as “Brickerville”.  Famous for its rocks, roots and rough terrain it was a natural spot for some of the areas earliest mountain bike races featuring cross country, trials and downhill events. These Big Timber Races introduced many people to the sport and helped make Camp Mack a go to spot for great riding.

Early 2000’s, a forestry stewardship plan was being put into action to start the harvesting of standing timber on the property and a permit system was put into place that would charge mountain bikers a $50 per year to ride on the property. After a couple of years of the PA Dutch council administering the permit system and logging taking its toll on the trail system, SAMBAcontacted the PA Dutch Council. At the first meeting SAMBA was notified the council was considering closing the property to all non-scouting activities, citing increasing conflict with different user groups and difficulty with the permit system. Coming out of that meeting SAMBA was able to present a plan that would provide the Pa Dutch Council with solutions to these issues. The first benefit to the council was the transfer of the administration of the permit system from the scout office in Lancaster to Green Mountain Cyclery along with a cost reduction from $50 to $25 a year. The second benefit was SAMBA would provide communication to the greater mountain biking community to reduce conflicts. The third would be the redevelopment of the trails lost to timber harvesting, following best practices established by the International Mountain Bike Association. The plan was approved and implemented with approximately 100 passes issued every year and many trails re-established with hundreds of volunteer hours cementing the relationship between SAMBA and the Pa Dutch Council.

After years of service to the Scouts, SAMBA, with support from IMBA, was able to negotiate the elimination of the permit system and enter into a Volunteer Trail Stewardship Agreement that allows for the continuation of SAMBA support for years to come.

Camp Mack Closure Dates

Camp Mack riders, please note the following dates the property will be closed for hunting during the 2019-2020 season. Your cooperation is greatly...

SAMBA announces 2019 ride calendar

We are proud to finally announce that we have established a monthly ride schedule for the entire 2019 riding season! We plan to host a ride each weekend starting in April and running through November. Of course some rides may be relocated, cancelled or rescheduled.  We also plan to continue our night rides at Governor Dick and Swatara in the Fall and and add some new night rides along the way. Here’s the basic plan: Camp Mack: First Sunday every month Parkway Trails: Second Saturday every month Weiser State Forest (Rattling Creek): Third weekend every month HMC Trails: Fourth Saturday every month All rides will be created as recurring Facebook events and also appear on our website calendar! Check Facebook for all ride updates. See you out there!...

Camp Mack 2018/2019 Hunting Closures

Please be advised that Camp Mack will be closed to public use Monday through Saturday during the 2018/2019 hunting season on the following dates: Sept 29 – Nov 12 Nov 26 – Dec 8 Dec 26 – Jan 12   Thank you for your help in respecting the wishes of the landowners who so graciously allow mountain bike access on this land throughout the year!  ...

NOMINATIONS OPEN! for SAMBA Board and Committee positions

Howdy, We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for Board of Directors and Committee positions with SAMBA! If you have the passion, dedication and skills to help with these positions please be sure that you are nominated. Nominators  and nominees must both be members in good standing of the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association. Nominations close March 15. Below is a list of open positions followed basic SAMBA information, Requirements and expectations of the positions and more information. Yes, you can nominate yourself! Please  use the link at the bottom of this post to nominate for positions with SAMBA. Kindly be sure to note the Board position and /or committee and the nominee’s name and email address. Please be sure that the nominee has a confirmed interest before submitting any nominations. Open Board positions: Board Chair Board Vice-Chair Director of Public Relations Director of Communications Director of Events and Rides Open Committee positions : Public Relations Communications Events and Rides   SUSQUEHANNA AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION 1) NAME AND TERRITORY NAME: The name of the organization shall be the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA), a CHAPTER of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). TERRITORY: SAMBA shall operate within the general geographic territory of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE: Upon acceptance of its application, SAMBA shall operate as an IMBA chartered CHAPTER and enjoy the benefits of IMBA’s IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt status. SAMBA may decide to form a local corporation or operate as a unit of IMBA’s California Corporation.   2) MISSION AND PURPOSE MISSION: As a non-profit club the purpose of the Susquehanna Area Mountain...

Camp Mack Trail Work 11/1 & 11/8

This Sunday (11/1) we’ll meet at 10 am at the gravel lot inside the Camp.  Enter off 501 and head back until you see the lot on your left.  Bring long pants, long sleeves, and gloves.  SAMBA will provide snacks and H2O. Depending on how much we get done this week, we may hold another work day next Sunday (11/8) – we’ll meet once again at 10 am.  Same time, same place, bring the same stuff. My goal is that, after these two work days, we will have completely reopened and fine tunes North Valley Trail in its entirety....

2015-2016 Camp Mack Closure Dates

Cloure Dates For 2015-2016 Please be respectful of these dates and times; everytime we ride at Camp Mack we are their guests! Download the pdf with more information here: http://sambabiker.com/samba/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2015-2016-Mack-Closure-Dates.pdf Dates What Areas Closed October 2-4, 2015 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* October 9-11, 2015 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* October 3-November 14, 2015 Exceptions: Sundays- Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1, 8 Deer Archery Season Entire Camp (Except Horseshoe Trail) October 16-18, 2015 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* November 30-December 12, 2015 Exceptions: Sunday Dec. 5 Deer Firearm Season Entire Camp (Except Horseshoe Trail) December 26, 2015-January 9, 2016 Exceptions: Sundays Dec 27 and Jan 3 Deer Flintlock Season Entire Camp (Except Horseshoe Trail) January 15-17, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* January 22-24, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* January 29-31, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* April 1-3, 2016 3D Archery Shoot Entire Camp (Except Horseshoe Trail) June 1-August 13, 2016 Scout Summer Camps Restricted Area* October 7-9, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* October 21-23, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted Area* October 28-30, 2016 Noon Fri to Noon Sun Scout Event Restricted...