Bike Clubs & Trails

Looking to get together with like-minded folks and go on a bike ride together? Or interested in the best local trails for cycling? The Piscitello Law team has put together resources for the cycling communities in Philadelphia and New Jersey to help you find the information you need to ride safely and enthusiastically. Below is a working list of bike clubs and bike trails we love. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a change or addition to the list, let us know!


  • Bike Trails Pennsylvania

    Bike Trails Pennsylvania

    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 dams 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.

    https://www.traillink.com/trail/dl-trail/

    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. https://www.traillink.com/trail/dl-trail/

    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.

    www.gaptrail.org

    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.

    https://pinecreekvalley.com/pine-creek-rail-trail/

    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.

    https://schuylkillriver.org/schuylkill-river-trail/

    SRT Ale

    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.

    https://friendsoftheriverfront.org/three-rivers-heritage-trail/

    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.”

    https://circuittrails.org/find-trails/wissahickon-valley-park-trail-forbidden-drive

    Great Resources:

    Trails in Philadelphia

    https://www.phila.gov/departments/philadelphia-city-planning-commission/

    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:

    https://www.phila.gov/departments/philadelphia-city-planning-commission/

    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.

    https://fitt.co/pittsburgh/articles/bike-trails-pittsburgh

    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…

    www.traillink.com/state/pa-trails

    LOCAL (Training) RIDES/MEET-ups

    as compiled by local bike shops, clubs or orgs:

    Philadelphia

    https://qcwcycling.org/area-rides/

    https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/

    https://www.meetup.com/Suburban-Cyclists-Unlimited-Meetup/?_cookie-check=UWKrsQZLFs99vYig

    Pittsburg

    http://www.bikepgh.org/resources/maps-guides-more/map-routes/

    https://www.probikesllc.com/articles/where-to-ride-pg122.htm

    http://www.teamdecaf.com/ 

  • Bike Trails New Jersey

    Bike Trails New Jersey

    Cape May Shoreline Ride

    This 46-mile loop is a classic New Jersey ride. It begins at the Lighthouse located at the southern tip of Cape May where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. The ride passes multiple highlights and attractions including the zoo, wetlands and Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary.

    https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/application3/pdf/TheCapeMayShorelineRide.pdf

    Cooper River Park

    This urban park has nearly 350 acres of land filled with an impressive array of activities including golf, a stadium and a splash of culture with a sculpture garden. There are two small bike paths within the park. One is a quick one- mile paved path while the other is a nearly 4mile loop traveling from Cuthbert to Route 130. Although the bike paths are short, there is much to do in and around this family- friendly River Park.

    http://www.camdencounty.com/service/parks/cooper-river-park/

    Delaware & Raritan Canal Trail

    This trail, also known as the D&R Trail follows the canal path built in the 1830s to facilitate transport between Philadelphia and New York. The 70- mile trail has end points in Frenchtown and New Brunswick with both gravel and crushed stone trails. Trails are wheelchair accessible and are used for multi-sports including cross country skiing and mountain biking.

    https://www.traillink.com/trail/delaware-and-raritan-canal-state-park-trail/

    Hartshore Woods Park

    Hartshore Woods Park is home to nearly 800 acres of land within Monmouth County, New Jersey. Three main entry points are Buttermilk Valley, Rocky Point and Claypit Creek. The park is rich in history and contains an active archeology site in Claypit Creek as well as historic bunkers remnants of a time when the Park was part of the country’s coastal defense. 14 miles of challenging trails are out there for the enjoyment of cyclists, hikers and walkers. Fishing enthusiasts have the Navensink River while winter months bring cross country skiing to this park.

    https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2524

    Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

    This very short (1.5 mile) trail follows along the Hudson River in Jersey City. End points are Essex Street and Newport parkway. This concrete trail allows cyclists to see stunning views of Manhattan.

    https://www.traillink.com/trail/hudson-river-waterfront-walkway/

    Island Beach State Park

    Island Beach is an area of 3,000 acres with 10 miles of coastal dunes. The park lies between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This State Park touts itself as one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches in the North Atlantic Coast. The park is home to falcons, osprey colonies and other birds of interest. A wide range of vegetation and plants exist here with tidal marshes and wetlands. The paved bike path on this Island Beach is 9 miles long with easy, flat riding.

    https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html

    McDade Recreational Trail

    The McDade Recreational Trail can be found within the Delaware Water Gap which spans between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The gravel trail is 32 miles and runs parallel to the Delaware River. Scenic views range from wooded sections, rolling farms, rivers and streams. To give you a sense of the environmental importance within this region, the site notes that trailheads at Pittman Orchard and Conashaugh are closed Dec 15 – July 15 for eagle nesting!

    https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/mcdade-recreational-trail.htm

    Great Resources:

    Rails to Trails in New Jersey

    This excellent website gives you the ability to search and explore 75 rails to trails in the state of New Jersey. The list starts with Atlantic County Bikeway and rolls all the way down to Woodbine RR Trail. Visitors to this site can filter search requests by the types of trail surface to the activities (bike, birding, fishing, etc).

    https://www.traillink.com/trailsearch/?mmloc=new+jersey

    Cross Camden Country Trail

    Camden County is embarking on an extensive endeavor to create a trail which spans across the entire county from the Camden waterfront to Atlantic City. The anticipate 33- mile trail is envisioned to be multi-use (bike, walk, etc). Planning is being coordinated with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to ensure trail network compatibility across the region.

    http://www.camdencounty.com/service/environmental-affairs/cross-county-trails/

    LOCAL (Training) RIDES/MEET-ups

    as compiled by local bike clubs:

    Below are two cycling clubs with links to their local rides. If you are interested in searching for other cycling teams and their local rides, check out the link below with a full directory of New Jersey Cycling Clubs.https://highaltitude2u.com/new-jersey-cycling-club-directory-ezp-167.html

    Bicycle Touring Club of New Jersey

    https://btcnj.com/pages/rideSchedule.php

    Princeton Free Wheelers

    http://www.princetonfreewheelers.com/content.aspx?page_id=2&club_id=15353

  • Bike Clubs Pennsylvania

    Bike Clubs Pennsylvania 

    Below you will find a list of many bike clubs within the state of Pennsylvania and within Pittsburgh, specifically. This list is not comprehensive – there are many other cycling teams out there, within the state of Pennsylvania. Bike clubs within the state vary by size, mission, location and a wide range of other factors.

    Pittsburgh Clubs

    If you would like your Pennsylvania-based bike club to be included in the above lists, please contact our office. Also, please let us know if a team has changed names or if a link is no longer working. Thank you!

  • Bike Clubs New Jersey

    Bike Clubs New Jersey

    Piscitello Law is proud to present the following list of bike clubs in the state of New Jersey. Although this list is far from exhaustive, we have created a list of some of the main clubs across several regions in the state.

    If you would like your New Jersey-based bike club to be included in the above lists, please contact our office. Also, please let us know if a team has changed names or if a link is no longer working. Thank you!

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