Devils Race Course

Dauphin, Pennsylvania

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The Devils Race Course is gnarly indeed! Local legend claims that anyone passing through the Devil’s course must wager their soul to race the Devil. If you should happen to lose, you might have a chance to redeem yourself on the bomber descent off the ridge; either way, it’s a hellish encounter. Good luck! The ride hits a few highlights of the area, the first being the historic Stony Valley Railroad. Built in the early 1850s to transport the plundered treasures of the surrounding mountains, the rail line had a lengthy lifespan. Coal and lumber were exported from the valley and, interestingly enough, wealthy tourists were later imported. The supposedly healing waters of Cold Spring drew many visitors, and a 200-room hotel was built to accommodate them. Eventually the Pennsylvania Game Commission purchased the lands and soon after converted the abandoned rail grade into one of the nation’s first rail-trails. Highlights: the historic Stony Valley Railroad Grade, outstanding views atop the Stony Mountain Fire Tower, a shot at wagering your soul on the Devils Race Course, bomber descent. Tread: historic Stony Valley Railroad rail-trail, dirt woods roads, hardpacked doubletrack, and the gnarly Devils Race Course Trail, which is an extremely rocky, washed out old woods road.

Devils Race Course Professional Review and Guide

"The Devils Race Course is gnarly indeed! Local legend claims that anyone passing through the Devil’s course must wager their soul to race the Devil. If you should happen to lose, you might have a chance to redeem yourself on the bomber descent off the ridge; either way, it’s a hellish encounter. Good luck! The ride hits a few highlights of the area, the first being the historic Stony Valley Railroad. Built in the early 1850s to transport the plundered treasures of the surrounding mountains, the rail line had a lengthy lifespan.

Coal and lumber were exported from the valley and, interestingly enough, wealthy tourists were later imported. The supposedly healing waters of Cold Spring drew many visitors, and a 200-room hotel was built to accommodate them. Eventually the Pennsylvania Game Commission purchased the lands and soon after converted the abandoned rail grade into one of the nation’s first rail-trails. Highlights: the historic Stony Valley Railroad Grade, outstanding views atop the Stony Mountain Fire Tower, a shot at wagering your soul on the Devils Race Course, bomber descent. Tread: historic Stony Valley Railroad rail-trail, dirt woods roads, hardpacked doubletrack, and the gnarly Devils Race Course Trail, which is an extremely rocky, washed out old woods road."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Dauphin
Distance: 16.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,650 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania Game Commission 717-183-7507
Local Maps: USGS Enders, Grantville; Pennsylvania Game Commission SGL 211 map; DCNR Bureau of Forestry: Weiser State Forest maps
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Race Course

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2009
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The up hill in the begining is killer. The down hill was fun but short.


9/8/2007
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4-5mile,1500ft elevation gain to start. Fire road, no tree cover (95 and sunny). Ride along ridge for a couple miles, then a boring descent down a rocky road to a rail trail. Although the initial climb in a bit grueling, trust me, the Devil would not waste his time on this "race course"! Go up the Horseshoe trail and various other single tracks on the other side of the valley... much better. Also, directions are confusing. Take 22/322 West, take the Dauphin Exit, cross Stony creek, take first right on to Stony Creek Rd. Follow for several miles up the valley, road becomes gravel, Fire Road Gate on your left, parking is little further down the road.


6/3/2003
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This is a great strenuous ride or hike. The first hill goes for a few miles and rewards you with a fantastic view from the fire tower. From here you can either run back down the way you came up (i've clocked a scary 55mph!) Watch for hikers! or continue on to a harder more technical downhill which dumps you out onto the railgrade. Go right back to the parking area. Have Fun! Be careful! Drink Water!



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