This ride takes you way away from civilization, so it’s important to carry the knowledge and gear to fix your bike and yourself in the event of the unforeseen. The chances of bumping into another human being here are quite slim. There’s a nice vista (even though it’s out over the Pennsylvania Turnpike) that includes Laurel Hill. As you can see by the curves of the turnpike, the road cut straight through the Laurel Hill Mountain at one time. The tunnel is still there in its entirety and is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to store salt and equipment.
The vista is atop a man-made hill of blasted rock left from the rerouting of the turnpike to its present-day location. Down in Linn Run State Park, you’ll find beautiful rustic cabins to rent and the infamous “medicinal” spring, which local lore claims has healed ailments. All I can tell you is that it’s darn cold and tastes great! So fill your water bottles to the brim because lots of strenuous climbing makes this ride a true mountain-man experience. Highlights: remote and rugged riding, 840-foot vertical climb, scenic vista, folklore "medicinal" spring, rustic rental cabins. Tread: the trail varies from singletrack, doubletrack, grassy road, paved road, four-wheel drive, and ATV trails.
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