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      The J.E. Mack Scout Reservation is a private property owned and operated by the PA Dutch Council ( of the Boy Scouts of America.

      Camp Mack will be closed to public use Monday through Saturday during the 2018/019 hunting season on the following dates:

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

      Thanks for your cooperation!

      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*.

      *Restricted Area-Closed areas include the main Camp area and roads. See Restricted Area polygon for details: Restricted Area

      Hunting is permitted only through the exclusive use of the Hammer Creek Hunt Club.

      SAMBA and 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.

      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 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, SAMBA contacted 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.

      Currently, SAMBA is reclaiming trails lost to logging, and establishing new trails to avoid use of the camp roads.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      AKA: Camp Mack
      SAMBA Work Day Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Pumping Station Rd
      Lititz, PA 17543
      40.241992, -76.336675
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      Open on Sep 16, 2018
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      Avg Trail Rating
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      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      25 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      10 miles
      Total Descent
      4,158 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      999 ft
      Total Vertical
      563 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation Mountain Bike

      trail: Horseshoe
      35 |
      May 8, 2018 @ 4:57am
      May 8, 2018
      Horseshoe, Lancaster
      trail: Horseshoe
      22 |
      May 2, 2018 @ 3:48pm
      May 2, 2018
      Horseshoe, My City
      trail: North Valley
      34 |
      Sep 1, 2017 @ 8:04pm
      Sep 1, 2017
      North Valley, My City
      trail: North Valley
      27 |
      Sep 1, 2017 @ 6:57pm
      Sep 1, 2017
      North Valley, My City
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      Videos of J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation Mountain Bike

      Redemption Day
      trail: Gameland
      2:27 | 941 | May 6, 2015
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      Mountain Bike Routes

      Let's Climb !!
      9 miles
      Camp Mack Ride Plan #1
      11 miles
      Camp Mack minus eagle rock
      9 miles
      SBP Horseshoe #1
      8 miles

      Recent Comments

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      user #1402281TheInferno720trailLightFun and flowy downhill. Very enjoyable
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