Best Bike Rides Philadelphia Guide Book

by Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides Philadelphia  by Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra

305pp/guides/maps
ISBN: 9780762777594

This book is for people looking to explore the area in and around Philadelphia by mountain, hybrid, or road bike. Most of the rides in the book are between 10 and 30 miles, although there are some rides that are a little shorter or longer. The rides were designed this way to cater to people who want to do more than a couple miles but aren’t looking to take the time and effort to do 50 or 60 miles. A number of the rides, however, are close together so those who want to do longer rides can combine or modify rides to create new or longer routes. All the rides in the book are appropriate for anyone who is healthy and has done some riding. Each ride includes a description of the length and terrain that will give you an idea of the difficulty of the ride. Before attempting longer and more difficult rides, it is a good idea to get some training under your belt by doing some of the shorter and easier rides.

© 2012 Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: It might not seem at first that an airport would be a good place for a ride. When you consider that airports are generally flat and have limited access points (and therefore limited places where traff ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Wilmington, DE - Road Biking - Trail Length: 12.6
... Preview: If you’re looking for a good long training ride from Center City, then the Ambler Ramble is what you want. This favorite route of the Philadelphia Bike Club will take you past the city limits to some ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45.1
... Preview: Beautiful Batsto Village, located in Wharton State Forest, is the site of a former bog-iron and glass-making community. The area around Batsto is surrounded by a number of preserved forests and some n ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Hammonton, NJ - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27.8
... Preview: With its many restaurants, attractions, and special events, Penn’s Landing, along the Delaware River, is one of the main public gathering areas in Philadelphia. This area is also one of the best place ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.1
... Preview: This ride travels through a mixture of farmland and shady woodland. Although there is some development visible along this route, much of the route travels through the Blackbird State Forest and is one ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Bridgeton, DE - Road Biking - Trail Length: 29.6
... Preview: The Brandywine area of Pennsylvania is nestled in the rolling hills of southern Delaware County close to where it meets Delaware. This is where the Battle of Brandywine was fought during the Revolutio ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Wilmington, DE - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21
... Preview: Brendan T. Byrne State Forest is one of the nicer state parks in South Jersey. It’s a good place to get away from the city and take a relaxing ride in the woods. Brendan T. Byrne State Forest offers a ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Red Lion, NJ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.8
... Preview: Historic churches are scattered all in and around Philadelphia. One of the most magnificent ones is Bryn Athyn Cathedral. The cathedral, located just outside the north limits of the city, was built be ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16.1
... Preview: At one time Bucks County had over fifty-four covered bridges. Although many of them have fallen into disrepair and have been replaced, there are still twelve of them in the county that have been prese ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Doylestown, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.1
... Preview: Philadelphia is a great city to bike in partly because of the many bike lanes and trails that make it easy to get to the different parts of the city. This ride will take you from Pennypack Park in the ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 26.5
... Preview: The city of Philadelphia is busy and crowded, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your way around it by bike. In fact Philadelphia is relatively easy to get around. There are a lot of bike lanes an ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: For those who live in West Philadelphia, Cobbs Creek is one of the few places to go to hike, swim, rest in the shade of trees, and otherwise enjoy nature. This ride will take you from the John Heinz N ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Wilmington, DE - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.6
... Preview: Cooper River Park is a showcase park for Camden County. Built in 1936 by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers, the park features a river that has been reclaimed from its industrial past and tha ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Camden, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: Cross-state rides are very common bicycle events in many states. Some of them can measure hundreds of miles. Delaware, however, is a very small state so this ride will take you all the way across the ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Delaware City, DE - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.3
... Preview: Back when the country was new, if you wanted to move a lot of goods quickly and cheaply from one point to another, you moved it by boat. If there wasn’t a handy water route between the two points, oft ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Trenton, PA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 27
... Preview: The area around Devon has historically been associated with the Philadelphia elite, who would commute between their homes in the city and their estates in the western countryside. The estates are some ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.9
... Preview: The pastoral settings of the gentle country life are not far away from Philadelphia. Nestled in the hills above the Delaware River lies Doylestown. This town was home to James A. Michener, Oscar Hamme ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
New Hope, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.9
... Preview: In Philadelphia, Fairmount Park is where people go to escape the urban jungle and enjoy some recreational time in grassy fields or nice walks through wooded areas. The park has everything a big-city ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: Just behind the Art Museum is the southern part of Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill River. This is one of the nicest parts of Philadelphia and the easiest place to take a bike ride. This ride will ta ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: As the city has grown, suburbs and exurbs have taken root in what was once a broad expanse of farmland. Much of this farmland has been developed, but there are still some plots here and there that hav ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides Philadelphia"
Bridgeport, PA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.6