Big Springs to Bear Pond

Doylesburg, Pennsylvania

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The unique natural and man-made features found along the route combined with the outstanding riding terrain make this ride truly stellar. Beginning in the valley at Big Springs State Park, the ride runs out on incredible singletrack trail to the old Path Valley railroad tunnel. This classic example of old-school tunneling stands as a reminder of the hard work and labor involved in running railroads through the Pennsylvania mountains. The unfinished tunnel is not that deep, about 300 feet, and the roof is somewhat unstable, so please stay behind the wooden fence. Highlights: Tuscarora sandstone technical sections, the historical Path Valley railroad tunnel, restrooms and beautifully wooded picnic area, classic ridge and valley riding. Tread: a true mountain bike mix covering singletrack, doubletrack, and fire roads.
Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

The unique natural and man-made features found along the route combined with the outstanding riding terrain make this ride truly stellar. Beginning in the valley at Big Springs State Park, the ride runs out on incredible singletrack trail to the old Path Valley railroad tunnel.

This classic example of old-school tunneling stands as a reminder of the hard work and labor involved in running railroads through the Pennsylvania mountains. The unfinished tunnel is not that deep, about 300 feet, and the roof is somewhat unstable, so please stay behind the wooden fence. Highlights: Tuscarora sandstone technical sections, the historical Path Valley railroad tunnel, restrooms and beautifully wooded picnic area, classic ridge and valley riding. Tread: a true mountain bike mix covering singletrack, doubletrack, and fire roads.

©  Rob Ginieczki/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Doylesburg
Distance: 19.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,150 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Blairs Mill, Blain, Doylesburg, Newburg; DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Tuscarora State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Springs to Bear Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

11/20/2006
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Just did this ride yesterday. A lot of climbing on fire roads. The single track sections are fairly short but they are pretty good. In the article he recommends to skip the end. I would say heed this advice. The last few miles are not only extremely rocky, in some sections the trail is basically a creek with soccer ball sized rocks all through it. The water in the trail is at least 10" deep. I don't know if it is because the time of the year I rode it (november) and that it has been raining recently. I would say even without the water it wouldn't be ridable in those parts.



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