In case you are a keen spinner that has never tried cycling in the Great Outdoors, we definitely recommend heading for Pennsylvania for an über-cool mountain biking experience. Why head out into verdant terrain to maximize your workout? Here are just a few of the many reasons.
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The Coolest Mountain Biking Trails in Pennsylvania
It has been proven that exercise in natural surrounds burns more calories owing to the changes in terrain and natural challenges provided by the landscape; outdoor exercises sends levels of dangerous stress hormones like cortisol plummeting; studies have shown that people naturally find exercise in the Great Outdoors more enjoyable and satisfying; finally, cycling on your own time, at your own pace is much cheaper than a fancy gym membership. With a minimal investment for your bike, insurance, and a select range of equipment, you can take your workout with you wherever you go. If a trip to Pennsylvania is in the works, we hereby suggest some top trails and parks which are a true mountain biker’s dream:
The Allegrippis Trail System at Lake Raystown: Whether you are a seasoned biker or a keen beginner, you will find your match at the intricate network of trails which make up the Allegrippis Trail System, designed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) as dual-directional trails that are open every single day of the year to non-motorized vehicles. Built on the hills surrounding the serene Lake Raystown (Pennsylvania’s largest lake), the trails offer a uniquely beautiful view and comprise 33 miles of smooth yet adventurous riding. The network of rails is made up of three large loops: A, B and C; each has an easy, moderate and difficult trail, depending on elevation, tread and emergency access. Some of the most beautiful wildlife you may encounter in these trails include black bears, pheasants, deer, turkeys and reptiles and frogs.
Nockamixon State Park
Nockamixon State Park: This beautiful park has a single track trail, and is ideal for beginner and intermediate riders. An exciting eight-mile loop will take you through a verdant cedar forest, a rock garden, bustling streams, challenging stumps and fun zig zags which are manageable even for absolute beginners. If you are up for a swim, make a full day out of it; the lake is pristine and a revered destination for families in the summer time, kayaks can be rented at a cheap price and green areas are peppered with picnic tables, so you can end a tough workout with a hearty packed lunch overlooking the beautiful boats docked at the marina.
Moraine State Park
Moraine State Park: This stately park has a seven-mile bike trails, which runs along its North shore. The ride is serene and achievable even for those who are new to the sport of mountain biking, who delight in the tranquillity of the lush tree area which embraces Arthur. The trail is not a loop and does have steep grades and curves, so although it can be attempted by kids, they should probably opt for easier trails unless they have quite a good fitness level.
If you don’t have your own bike with you, fear not; there is a bike rental store in the Northwest point of the park. Bikes can be rented on weekdays, weekends and holidays between 11am and 7pm. Tandem bikes are available for rent, as are children’s seats and trailers, so adults can enjoy a fun ride even if they are travelling with smaller children.
Moraine State Park is a must for any Nature lover visiting Pennsylvania, its rolling hills, lush forests and tranquil waters attracting visits from over one million people a year. The tranquil Lake Arthur has a 42-mile shoreline and is home to stunning warm water fish, turtles and a bevy of other animals. Bald eagles and osprey can also been seen; check out the waterfowl observation deck on the old Route 422.
Blue Knob State Park
Blue Knob State Park: Over 6,128 acres of woodland, ensconced in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, make up Blue Knob State Park, a revered family destination featuring hiking, horseback riding, swimming, camping etc., in addition to mountain biking. The park has a plethora of multi-use trails, including Chappells Field Trail (for beginners) and Three Springs Trail (for intermediate riders). Expert mountain bikers will enjoy a rough and rocky terrain at Crist Ridge Trail, Roc ‘n Ridge Trail and portions of Mountain View Trail.
Do You Mountain Bike? If So, What Are Your Favorite Trails?