Cycling in Central Pennsylvania
We're fortunate to be situated near some of the best on and off road riding on the east coast. Check out our recommendations below, or visit us today to chat about our favorite routes and the best gear to tackle any trail.
Local Road Rides
If you are looking for some wonderful local road rides, we encourage you to click on over to MapMyRide.com. It's a fantastic resource for mapping out local road routes. Whether you've lived in the area all your life or are just visiting for a few days or weeks, you're sure to find some amazing local road rides.
The Harrisburg Greenbelt is an excellent place to ride just about any kind of bike, although there are couple gravel sections which are best navigated on hybrid or mountain bike tires.
Here is a great resource provided by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau for some local road and rail-trail routes.
Local Rail Trail Rides
If peace and quiet are your cup of tea, check out the following rail trail opportunities:
- York Heritage Rail Trail
- Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails
- Stony Valley Rail Trail
- Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
Local Cycling Clubs
Local mountain biking weekly rides: Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)
Harrisburg Bicycle Club has group rides for various levels of ability.
Local Mountain Rides
- Rocky Ridge County Park
Holmes Notes: "Some rocks and climbing, easy to get around and well mapped."
- Harrisburg Parkway Trail System
Holmes Notes: Very few rocks but very technical, with tight corners, logs, roots, and climbing. Extremely convenient to Camp Hill or Harrisburg"
- Swatara State Park
Holmes Notes: "Beginner friendly, very simple to navigate, twisty and rolling."
- Hershey Medical Center
Holmes Notes: "Some fun, diverse trails. Easy to navigate, good for all ability levels."
- Michaux State Forest
Holmes Notes: "Huge, rocky. Tons of trails and unmapped singletracks. Use Purple Lizard (available at Holmes) maps and Trailforks.com for route suggestions."
- Rattlin Creek
Holmes Notes: "Great trails, killer singletrack and not a lot of climbing."
- Blue Marsh Recreational Area
Holmes Notes: "Nice loop around the lake, some fun trails, not too technical."