Best Trails of Pennsylvania

This list represents the most popular trails in Pennsylvania. Use this list to plan your next Pennsylvania outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lehigh Gorge


There aren’t many finer things in life than a picnic lunch ride down the Lehigh Gorge on a sunny day in the middle of the fall. The sky is clear, the river is flowing, the leaves are changing color, a…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
White Haven, PA - Mountain Biking - 21.5 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Ricketts Glen State Park Campground


Ricketts Glen is one of the most heavily visited parks in the northern tier of Pennsylvania—and for a number of good reasons. Located on the edge of the northern escarpment, the park’s beauty is a…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania"
Red Rock, PA - Campgrounds Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Lehigh Gorge State Park


The Lehigh Valley railroad parallels the Lehigh River through the stunning and scenic Lehigh River Gorge. The Lehigh Gorge State Park is a narrow area consisting of 4,548 acres along the Lehigh River…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Jim Thorpe, PA - Mountain Biking - 21.3 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Tanglewood Ski Area


Overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains, Tanglewood Ski Area has hosted family and novice skiers each for the last 30 years. Locals may remember the resort as Paper Birch Mountain. The…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Tafton, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Pennypack Park


This ride is another great outing within the city limits of Philadelphia. Popular with hikers, joggers, fisherman, equestrians, and cyclists, Pennypack Park is another jewel in the Fairmount Park Comm…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Philadelphia, PA - Mountain Biking - 11.8 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Big Boulder - Jack Frost Ski Resort


With modest plateaus and sporadic snowfall, Pennsylvania’s Pocono region hardly seemed the right place to follow on the heels of the emerging western and New England ski resorts of the 1940s. Nonethel…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Blakeslee, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Ghost Town Trail


A truly historic and casual ride along the beautiful Black Lick Creek, this trail has the remains of five ghost towns along its course as well as evidence of coal mines and iron furnaces. After discov…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Dilltown, PA - Mountain Biking - 23.4 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Lake Redman


William Kain County Park’s 1,675 acres include two beautiful lakes, Lake William and Lake Redman. The lands surrounding these two reservoirs offer an array of trails and numerous ways to link together…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
York, PA - Mountain Biking - 11 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive


This is a great beginner ride that's suitable for the entire family. Your ride starts from the parking area on Bells Mills Road and takes the gentile gravel road down to Lincoln Drive and back. Ther…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Chestnut Hill, PA - Mountain Biking - 10 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Gettysburg


This ride is a very pretty one. The fields are green and surrounded by woodland. In the spring, the pink blossoms of the dogwood trees, the yellow of the dandelions, and the purple of the violets turn…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Gettysburg, PA - Road Biking - 17 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Stony Valley Rail -Trail


In addition to the historic Stony Valley Railroad, this ride also passes by the ruins of the old ghost town of Rausch Gap. Between 1828 and 1910, more than 1,000 people lived here. The town slowly dis…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Dauphin, PA - Mountain Biking - 28.4 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Blue Marsh Lake


I could rave all day about this fantastic loop around Blue Marsh Lake. It's easily one of the best rides around. The singletrack trails are tight and the terrain offers a number of short, steep hills…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Reading, PA - Mountain Biking - 20.8 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Wicked Wissahickon Valley


This is a stellar ride that offers some nice singletrack in the heart of the city. Proximity to the city has both advantages and disadvantages. Food, fuel, lodging, and nightlife are in abundance. Sec…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Conshohocken, PA - Mountain Biking - 13.4 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Delaware Canal Path


Dedicated as a National Heritage Trail, the Delaware Canal Path is an outstanding reminder of our American history and heritage. The canal path was originally built in the early 1800s and much of it h…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Easton, PA - Mountain Biking - 45.5 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. The Grand Canyon


The Pine Creek Gorge, or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, as it is more notably called, is truly a remarkable place. The gorge’s history dates back to the ice age when retreating glaciers deposited a…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Ansonia, PA - Mountain Biking - 20.6 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Jim Thorpe - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail


The Lehigh Gorge is steep and access is difficult. No roads cross the river for 19 miles. Building the railroad was a difficult engineering feat, and you'll see evidence of the blasting that was neces…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Jim Thorpe, PA - Road Biking - 44 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Valley Forge to Philadelphia


This is a place for a pleasant ride, but not necessarily a fast one. The trail enjoys heavy use, so expect to share it with many other bicyclists, as well as walkers, runners, and rollerbladers. The b…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania"
Valley Forge, PA - Road Biking - 44 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Schuylkill River Trail


This is one of the best-kept secrets in the Philadelphia area. Part of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the ride is located across the Schuylkill River from the main attractions of the park-henc…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
King of Prussia, PA - Mountain Biking - 6.3 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. South Mountain


If you get the hankerin’ for some wicked terrain, South Mountain is a technical rider’s dream. The network of trails resembles the web of a drunken spider, so giving directions here nearly impossible.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Emmaus, PA - Mountain Biking - 8.7 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Ironton Railroad


The Ironton Railroad is heavily endowed with remains of historical structures. Iron caused the initial heavy industrial development of this region. Huge blast furnaces operated in the area and require…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Pennsylvania"
Coplay, PA - Mountain Biking - 7.1 miles Best Trail in pa - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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