Black Forest Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Sentiero di Shay Trail is historically recognized for the achievements of the men and machines that logged these mountains. The Italian name translates as the “Path of Shay” and derives from the narrow-gauge railroad engines that ran the mountains in this region. The Shay locomotive was a special climbing engine that was able to run on steep, rough, mountain track. Throughout this ride, the old rail ties and cuts through the rock can still be felt and seen on the grades. Highlights: beautiful backcountry riding, historic old rail grades, remote hollows, great wildlife viewing. Tread: this ride is a singletrack special! There are numerous wide sections of trail that follow the historic Sentiero di Shay rail grade. A few short links of dirt fire road finish out this backcountry classic."
--Rob Ginieczki, Mountain Biking Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
The guide needs serious updating. We got lost at aroung mile 7. Up until there the trails were fantastic.
We ended up going down what I think is Big Dam Hollow trail, which was such an amazing downhill. But the trail ends at a dirt road ( no signs, probably new) and no markers could be seen. We ended going right first, didn't see any trails. We went back and tried the left. Saw a few red markers on the road. Followed the road and ended up at the highway. Didn't see any trails on the other side. It was getting late so we turned left on the highway and went back to the parking lot.
Pretty dissapointing since the trails were fun to ride.
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