Rattling Creek Trail System Map

Please remember to always wear fluorescent orange during hunting season at Rattling Creek Trail System.  Hunting is permitted 7 days a week during hunting seasons.

Night riding is permitted at all hours at Rattling Creek Trail System.  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.  

The Rattling Creek trail network covers over 20+ miles of rocky challenging classic east coast singletrack terrain, as well as miles of tamer snowmobile trails and gravel forest roads. The trail network encompasses trails on  the Weiser State Forest Haldeman Tract and on Lykens Borough property.  The trails are located just outside of Lykens, PA.

Rattling Creek was built as a labor of love for a few local Lykens area mountain bikers. The project began in 1999 and utilized the IMBA guidelines of flow and great trail design to maximize rideability and sustainability. After years of trail layout, cutting, trimming, rock work, rock work, and more rock work, their dream was completed. Almost two decades later it still stands the test of their hard work and time!! There are trails here for all types of rider levels, but definitely skewed to the more advanced or adventurous.

RCST was the local club for many years, keeping the trails open and hosting the very popular Bash every September. The pinnacle was the trail system being awarded IMBA Epic status in 2012. Shortly afterwards there was a passing of the guard, as SAMBA had just become a IMBA Chapter group and the old RCST club founders were ready to pass the baton. Our goal is to maintain, build, educate and ride in the spirit of the original founders and their mission.

There are three main parking lots to access the trails, as well as multiple pull off/parking areas on the forest roads: Lykens Road, White Oak Road, Wolf pond Road.

The main parking lots are listed below:

East End Parking Lot:  Powells Valley Rd,  Halifax, PA 17032  40.544701, -76.689755

Minnich Hit Picinic Area: White Oak Road, Weiser State Forest,   40.522539, -76.747647

Snowmobile Parking Lot: White Oak Rd, Halifax, PA 17032   40.544711, -76.758519




We will be posting and updating trail work days, rides, and social events. Any thoughts, concerns, ideas, etc can be emailed to:

Rattling Creek Contact


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SAMBA launches Rattling Creek expansion project

Howdy, We are thrilled to announce that SAMBA’s public volunteer work days will begin this weekend in Lykens as the Rattling Creek Trail system expansion project comes to life! The RC crew has been working to field check and flag the corridor for new trails and do some initial clearing as we prepare to welcome back our volunteers for 2020. The first 5 miles of new trails are ready and waiting to be established at this point. The main focus for the foreseeable future will be clearing the  new corridor so that we can safely work on sculpting the new trail tread later this Summer. All public volunteer work days will be posted to SAMBA’s social media as Events. Kindly consider joining us for a work day in the coming weeks and hear more about the ways that you can help us lay down EPIC new trails. Work day #1: https://www.facebook.com/events/1163690890660500/ Please note: The coming work days will migrate to different segments of the build and require different meet-up locations. Watch Facebook Event posts for the most current information. SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Expansion Work Days Powered by New Belgium Brewing Cheers!...

Rattling Creek Fundraiser-Your help needed!

SAMBA recently announced plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa. and we need your help! The vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. SAMBA is looking forward to resuming volunteer work days soon and we are currently seeking funds to purchase building materials for the construction of new bridges, a kiosk and signage. Your tax deductable donation is greatly appreciated and  Thank You in advance for your help to open new trails this year! To donate (All donations go to Rattling Creek expansion):http://sambabiker.com/samba/donate/ Questions: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ More info: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-announces-rattling-creek-trail-system-expansion/ Cheers!...


SAMBA is super excited to announce plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa.! SAMBA’s vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. The project was brought forward by SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Trail Liaison Joshua Watts who recognized the potential to make the already EPIC trail system even bigger and better. After nearly two years of research, outreach, advocacy, brainstorming, meetings, presentations, e-mails, phone calls, trail design planning, field checking, negotiations, insurance updates, land owner agreements, approvals, etc., etc., we are ready to start with initial trail corridor clearing in the coming weeks. We expect to have new trails on the ground later this year. This extensive project will continue for several years and has been broken into phases based on priority, feasibility and logistics. PHASE 1-New full loop at eastern end of RCTS (shown in orange) Connects Stone Cabin Trail to Berry Mountain Road linking RCTS to the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest. Provides connection for new Lykens trails in phase 2 Requires two new bridges Approximately 4 miles PHASE 2- Lykens Glen loop trails New climbing trail from Lykens Glen Park provides connection to Rattling Creek Trail (shown in green) New downhill-specific return trail to Lykens Glen Park establishes full trail loop from Lykens (shown in yellow) Rider welcoming center may be possible in Lykens Focus on Lykens economic development opportunities with recreation and...

Early Bird Registration for SAMBA Bash 2020 is Now OPEN!!!

SAMBA BASH 20 X 2 September 17 to 20, 2020 Online registration ends September 16 at 5:00pm.  Click here to register!! Early Bird registration ends June 15th.   The BASH at Camp Muckelratz is a rain or shine non-competitive mountain bike weekend in the Weiser State Forest on the Rattling Creek Trail system.  SAMBA holds the event to generate funding to pay for the upkeep and expansion of the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic.  For a map go to : http://sambabiker.com/samba/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/207_RattlingCreek_Map.pdf Directions to BASH You can Camp all three days, camp one night or just come up and enjoy the main event on Saturday September the 19th. Saturday the 19th  Guided IMBA Epic Rides on Saturday.  Aid stations out on the Epic on Saturday stocked with cold water and snacks to keep you going. Group rides will be available for all levels of riders from shorter rides to the full IMBA Epic. Breakfast:  Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee in the cabin Lunch:  On your own Dinner:  Forrest Feed BBQ : Pulled Pork,mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw! Evening Activities:  Bike Toss, and campfire Saturday evening ***Additional entertainment TBD***   PRICES GO UP JUNE 15 SO REGISTER EARLY!    For those wanting the full SAMBA Bash Experience! Gates open Thursday at 1 pm. Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights! Camping is primitive with portable toilets, outdoor shower facilities and no hook-ups.  We have very limited electric connectivity if needed for medical devices. The main camping is in and around the main field at camp.  The roads in and out are not paved. Rides are on your own Thursday. Maps will be provided and limited SAG...

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!...

Registration is now open for the SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek!

Register at https://www.bikereg.com/samba-rattling-creek-bash Gates to Camp Muckleratz open Thursday at 1:00pm, and will close on Sunday at 1:00pm. $10 off registration for SAMBA members (will be refunded at check-in) Registration includes Saturday dinner, smoked and prepared onsite by Blazing Swine BBQ. Chili cook off for early birds on Thurs evening wins prize Pizza party option for Fri night. (not included) Palm City Ramblers live on stage sat night. Bonfire each night Rides daily Troegs will be on site Saturday to pour your favorite hopped beverages. SAMBA will provide complimentary coffee and bagels each...
Sign up for The BASH at Rattling Creek and win free stuff.  Anybody who registers will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes!

Sign up for The BASH at Rattling Creek and win free stuff. Anybody who registers will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes!

Click here to learn more and pre-register for the Fall Bash at Rattling Creek. Sept 7th – 10th!  Registration earns a free entry into a raffle to win one of these great gifts from our supporters!   Thank You to our supporters for providing all of this awesome stuff!     $100 Gift certificate to TCO Outdoors Climbnasium – 2 Person Learn to Climb Package including rentals Lucky Dog-ETown gift certificate Kuat Transfer 3 bike rack Park repair stand New Belgium growler CST tires Yards cooler Kryptonite locks Other Items from: Camelback Park tool Pro gold Jandd Wtb Sram Shimano Fizik Incredibell Gu Soft goods from: Yards Sierra Nevada Ithaca Issi New Belgium Samba ….And more Bring $$$ Cash to buy more chances to win.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20....

SAMBA Fall 2017 Bash at Rattling Creek September 7th – 10th

Please mark your calendars for September 7th-10th 2017!  Join us for a Wild Weekend of fun in the Weiser State Forest!  Enjoy the rocks of Rattling Creek singletrack, an IMBA EPIC, all weekend long with old and new friends.  End your Friday with a Chili Cookoff contest and micro brew swap.  Saturday will have guided tours of the trails for all abilities and end with a dinner, beers, and entertainment. Click here to register now! Event Details: Where:  Camp Muckleratz 2749 Game Lands Rd, Halifax, PA 17032 Time:  7pm Thursday – 4pm Sunday Cost: $45 Space is limited – Register early! Included in your admission: Guided rides or suggested routes on the Rattling Creek Singletrack Primitive camping for 3 nights Breakfast coffee and bagels each morning Chili cookoff contest Friday evening.  Big prizes for top 3 chili makers. Dinner on Saturday Evening ( You will receive a voucher for a half chicken BBQ or pulled pork sandwich, side, and beer) Live Entertainment on Saturday evening An entry into the big SWAG Drawing Friday Night Chili Cook-Off.  Bring a pot of your best Chili to share and be judged, prizes to be awarded!...

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...