11 top mountain biking trails in Pennsylvania

Peter Watson

Pedal your way through Pennsylvania with these magnificent mountain biking trails to suit every ability level.

Pedal your way through PennsylvaniaLaura Welsh/Shutterstock

Pennsylvania enjoys over 46,000 square miles of some of the Eastern seaboard's most striking landscapes, culture clashes and contradictions. All of it ripe for exploring on two wheels.

City streets. Scenic trails. Historic railroad beds. PA is a cyclist’s dreamland. Cross-state lines on the Great Allegheny Passage, or take in Philadelphia at top speed on the Schuylkill River Trail.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or training for the Tour de France, you’ll find an exceptional place to cycle in the Keystone State.

Cycling in Pennsylvania (Video: Visit Pennsylvania)

1. The Greater Reading Trails – Dutch County Roads

Location: Reading

The Greater Reading Area and Berks County is an up and coming hub for recreational activities, such as cycling (Video: Pennsylvania's Americana Region - Berks County, PA)

The Greater Reading Trails offer access to more than 125 miles of mountain biking trails in Berks County, from beginner-friendly cruises to challenging rock-strewn routes for the pros.

In 2015, the trail system attained the International Mountain Biking Association’s Bronze Level Ride Center status and is the only ride center in the northeastern U.S.

2. The Allegrippis Trails - The Alleghenies

Location: Huntingdon

Biking the Allegrippis Trails (Image: @raystownlakeregion)

With endless combinations of routes and more than 33miles of multi-use trail systems, the Allegrippis Trail System at Raystown Lake has become one of the premier mountain biking destinations in the eastern United States.

Built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, mountain bikers specifically designed these trails to provide a network of multipurpose trails to enjoy.

3. Seven Springs Down Hill Park - Laurel Highlands

Location: Seven Springs

Hiking & mountain biking trail map at Seven Springs Mountain ResortSeven Springs Mountain Resort

With obstacles such as ladder bridges and 20-foot jumps, Seven Springs Down Hill Park is sure to leave adrenaline junkies breathless and longing for more.

This bike park is packed with exciting trails perfect for every skill level, ranging from beginners to professionals.

Guests can choose from a variety of different muddy, dirty, and rocky ways to reach the bottom.

4. Nockamixon State Park - Philadelphia and the Countryside

Location: Quakertown

Spot wildlife in Nockamixon State Park (Image: @padcnr)

The 5,286-acre Nockamixon State Park is in the rolling hills of scenic Bucks County, close enough to Philadelphia for a day trip, but far enough away for a vacation.

Tohickon Creek, Three Mile Run, and Haycock Run all offer scenic views of the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and a destination for boaters and anglers.

5. Rockton Mountain Trail System - Pennsylvania Wilds

Location: Clearfield

Going off-road at Rockton MountainGlenn Freiman/AllTrails

Rockton Mountain is a 3.2-mile lightly-trafficked loop trail located near Rockton, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wildflowers.

The Rockton Mountain Trails offer a rugged mixture of rocks and roots to attract bikers exploring the trail network throughout Moshannon State Forest.

Although relatively flat, this incredibly maintained and well-marked trail system offers optimal wildlife viewing, a variety of route options, and, of course, superb mountain biking through the Pennsylvania Wilds.

6. Bear Creek Mountain Resort - Lehigh Valley

Location: Macungie

Mountain biking at Bear Creek Mountain Resort (Image: @bear_creek)

Who said that skiing and snowboarding are the only ways to enjoy a ski resort?

Bear Creek Mountain Resort invites hikers and mountain bikers to experience the rugged, wooded landscape surrounding its beautiful property during the summer months.

Bear Creek is home to more than seven miles of hiking trails. After tearing it up on the cross-country trails, visitors can stop in and check out the Grille at Bear Creek for the perfect post-ride refreshment.

7. Pocono Biking - Upstate Pennsylvania

Location: Jim Thorpe

Bike the Rail-Trail in the Lehigh Gorge State Park at Jim Thorpe (Video: PoconoBiking)

From relaxing rail trail rides on the Lehigh Canal path to scenic biking trips over the Switchback Trail, Pocono Biking gives guests a heart-pumping journey through the beautiful Pocono Mountains.

These guided trips are sure to provide mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts with non-stop fun.

8. Roth Rock Ride - The Alleghenies

Location: State College

Rothrock State ForestMTB Project

The Roth Rock Ride, a trail through the gorgeous Rothrock State Forest, offers 36.3 miles of some of the most extreme mountain biking in the state.

Providing a mix of dirt roads, technical single tracks and rock garden trails, this riding experience will get any heart pumping.

This exhilarating trail features a section through an impressive, historical patch of woods appropriately filled with Pennsylvania’s state tree, the Eastern Hemlock.

9. Wicked Wissahickon Valley Trail - Philadelphia and The Countryside

Location: Conshohocken

An idyllic scene in Wissahickon Valley (Image: @jason_zyx)

Located within Philadelphia’s city limits, Wicked Wissahickon Valley Trail provides mountain bikers with the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This wild journey, considered to have some of the most technical lines in the region, takes trail riders alongside the pristine fishing areas of Wissahickon Creek and the popular rock climbing spot, Livezey Rock.

All 13.4 miles of this urban wilderness loop offer the perfect escape for an afternoon ride.

10. Two Mile Run Mountain Bike Trails - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region

Location: Franklin

Two Mile Run Mountain Bike n PennsylvaniaMTB Project

The challenging 20 miles of single-track trails at Two Mile Run Park is a hidden gem in the Oil Heritage region of the commonwealth.

The trail offers mountain bikers three large loops to choose from, each ranging in length and difficulty.

Bikers should also be sure to enjoy the wooded campsites and picnic pavilions for rent around the beautiful lake.

11. Blue Marsh Lake Bike Trails - Dutch Country Roads

Location: Leesport

A charming scene in Blue Marsh National Recreation Areacwieders/Shutterstock

Blue Marsh Lake features a beautiful 28.6-mile hike and bike trail around the scenic lake.

Visitors can enjoy the calming view as they walk or ride the long trek across the park. Mountain bikers can also ride any of the three additional interpretive trails, all perfect for a relaxed ride surrounded by picturesque scenery.

The lake area features additional outdoor recreational activities that bikers can enjoy after their ride, including fishing, horseback riding, water sports, and huntin

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Peter Watson is a writer, photographer and adventurer. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go... He has also travelled extensively around the US developing a penchant for American backcountry, abandoned buildings and natural wonders en route.

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