D & L Trail Lehigh Canal
This 7.7 mile trail follows the path of the Lehigh Canal built in 1829
to transport coal within the Lehigh Valley and ultimately to Philadelphia.
As you cycle along the crushed stone and dirt trail you can see remnants
of locks and damns from the Canal. The trail runs through Carbon and Northampton
County with starting points in Parryville where the Pennsylvania Turnpike
crosses the river and in Jim Thorpe, near the river bend of Susquehana
Street. The trail is wheelchair accessible and is enjoyed in the winter
by cross country skiiers.
D&L Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail
Another trail within proximity to the D& L Trail Lehigh Canal is the
Gorge State Park Trail, which is longer (25 miles) but has same crushed
stone trails. That trail allows snowmobiles in the winter.
Great Alleghany Passage
Known as the “GAP Trail,” the Great Alleghany Passage is 150
miles of scenic views from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. The GAP
reflects the American expansion westward and connects several trail towns
along the way, including Ohiopyle, Frostburg and Confluence.
Pine Creek Rail Trail
The Pine Creek Rails to Trails runs for 62 miles along the Appalachian
Mountains of north-central Pennsylvania. Scenic trails stretch from the
Jersey Shore to Stokesdale with a minor grade of 2% making for relatively
easy riding. Some folks refer to this trail as Pennsylvania’s “Grand
Canyon” or Pine Creek Gorge. There are a wide range of activities
available throughout the trail, including kayaking, horseback riding,
camping and fishing.
Schuylkill River Trail
The Schuylkill River Trail is currently 60 miles – but advocates
working to expand the trail have their eyes set to reach a proposed 130
miles. The trail has an entry point in Philadelphia and City Line Avenue
and travels north west to Phoenixville, Pottstown, Reading, Hamburg and
Pottsville. This trail has an impressive following of outdoor enthusiasts
who support the trail in an annual “Ride for the River.” The
Ride has a start/finish at Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, PA and is a full
day music festival known as CanJam. Sly Fox brews craft beer in cans to
facilitate portability for its very active consumers. They even named
a beer after the Schuylkill River Trail; “SRT Ale” is available
from Earth Day throughout the summer to benefit the Trail.
Sly Fox Brewery's SRT Ale benefits the Schuylkill River Trail!
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
This urban trail allows cyclists to visit both local hot spots and quiet
areas within Pittsburgh with great mobility and ease. The namesake rivers
are the Monongahela, Ohio and Allegheny Rivers. The 24- mile trail connects
to Pittsburgh neighborhoods and other trails including the GAP and the
Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. According to a 2014 report produced by Friends
of the Riverfront, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail was used by over 822
thousand people, 44% of which were cyclists and 325 were walkers.
Wissahickon Valley Park Trail
This beautiful and well-loved trail is accessible from Philadelphia along
Lincoln Drive. The Valley Green Inn is one of the entry points for this
seven -mile trail. The trail surface is asphalt and gravel which is used
by cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. Along the trail you will find
the historic Rittenhouse Town building. As you travel towards Wyndmoor
and the suburbs of Montgomery County you can explore the Morris Arboretum.
The trail is also known as “Forbidden Drive Trail” but locals
simply refer to the trail as “The Wiss.”
Trails in Philadelphia
In 2011, Philadelphia launched the process to create The Trail Master Plan.
The Master Plan is guided by four primary objectives of the Philadelphia
trail network: connectivity, safety, encouragement of physical activity,
and open space. That framework guides city discussions of proposed new
trails as well as maintenance and repairs of existing trails. Each year,
the Trail Master Plan is updated.
To see the 2017 update, please click here:
Trails in Pittsburgh
This site includes information covering eleven trails within Pittsburgh,
including the Frick Park urban trail and the South Side to Steel Valley Trail.
Rail Trails in Pennsylvania:
This excellent website connects you to all things rails to trails in Pennsylvania
– and helps you explore over 239 trails within the state, covering
over 2000 miles. The site gives great information on trails which are
most friendly to cyclists, runners, dogs, hikers, walkers, etc…
LOCAL (Training) RIDES/MEET-ups
as compiled by local bike shops, clubs or orgs: