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."