Thursday, July 14, 2016

AOAA vs Rausch Creek

Last weekend I took to the trails at AOAA, Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area. I have been asked by a few folks, "How does this park compare to Rausch Creek Off Road Park ?" So let me break it down for you.

SIMILARITIES

AOAA


Rausch Creek





Both parks are in the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania located on old Coal mines. 




AOAA







Both parks have trails with muddy, water obstacles. 
Rausch Creek










AOAA





Both parks have trails that wind through the woods. These trails are easy, moderate, and difficult to fit the needs of all kinds of off-roaders.                                
Rausch Creek












AOAA







Both parks have rocky trails and rock gardens. Again these trails fit the needs of all kinds of off-roaders.
Rausch Creek














DIFFERENCES


  • AOAA has ATV and Dirt Bike Trails.  
  • Rausch Creek has a better mapping system. However, AOAA has only recently opened, and every week they are improving. 
  • They AOAA trails I traveled were technically challenging for a longer wheel base because of the very tight turns, and trying to squeeze between trees. Because AOAA is on land that is part of a mine reclamation, they are limited on what trees they can cut down.


I have wheeled at Rasuch Creek at least ten times, and only once at AOAA. By no means am I an expert of either Off-Road Park. I love them both equally. They are both beautiful, refreshing and challenging. I look forward to trying out some more trails at AOAA, and stepping up my game at Rausch Creek.