Moraine State Park Bike Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This ride is the product of an incredible effort by local riders who volunteered to design, build and maintain a mountain bike trail within the state park. From the trailhead lot, you can visibly see the huge deposits of smooth glacial stone. The ride begins in these rounded boulders and follows the powerline cut for a short way. A steep and switchbacked descent will test your agility and technical prowess as you work your way out to the Davis Hollow Marina. An old woods road climb and more singletrack wind you back up to Alexander Ridge Road, where intensely tight and rolling singletrack brings you again into the moraine field, and back to the trailhead. It’s quite a strenuous little loop, with some sweet carved berms and fast, scary singletrack. Moraine State Park offers more that just a cool mountain biking loop. After hitting the loop a few times, cool off in the lake at the swimming beach or rent a sailboat. Campsites are available, and I hear that the fishing is great."
--Rob Ginieczki, Mountain Biking Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
"This hike travels the Glacier Ridge Trail, which is also a part of the North Country Scenic Trail. It offers solitude with easy hiking and plenty of chances to see wildflowers. You can loop back via the 7-mile Bicycle Trail (access at lower marina parking lot) for views of the lake on the return. The 16,725-acre Moraine State Park, like many of our treasured state parks, has a legacy in early resource extraction. Today, enjoying the greenery and lake, one would be pressed to imagine that this land was once leveled and pitted with both deep and strip mining for bituminous coal and wells for extracting oil and gas. The Western Allegheny Railroad was built to haul these minerals along with mined sand and gravel deposited by earlier glaciers (giving both park and trail names), and clay, limestone, and shale mined for ceramics and bricks."
--Donna L. Ruff, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is a great trail, not too difficult but enough rolling hills to keep it interesting. Sedate compared to slippery rock gorge in McConnell mill park.Very well marked with blue blazes. They must have refreshed them recently. There was never a time I was searching for the next blaze. I thoroughly enjoyed the solitude, only saw 3 other hikers the whole 4.8 miles on trail. Took the paved bike trail back for a total of 11.8 miles. Took my wife and dog 5.5 hours. The best part of this hike is the fact that you are in the wilderness. Not just a wooded section of a city park You very seldom hear any cars or other vehicles. Great views of the lake and numerous sailboats along the bike trail. I would recommend dropping bikes off at the marina, parking at the bike rental and hiking to your bikes for a beautiful ride back. Or, hike from the marina to the bike rentals and rent a bike to ride back. Will do again.
Moraine is arguably this best mountain biking in the Pittsburgh area. The park offers roughly a 7 mile loop with moderate climbing. The trailhead is easily accessable by simply grabbing a map from the main office of the park. Navigation on the trail can be tricky but it is marked. It runs along the perimeter of a lake for a few miles so expect to get bit muddy. If you try out Moraine and like it, check out Brady''s Run Park outside of Beaver Falls.
There is more to Moraine than just the paved loop. There is some serious mountian biking. I can't say for sure how many miles of trails there are, but most of them are grueling single track.
Follow the signs to head of the mountain biking trail to start with a pipline that is not your usual easy pipeline fare. Sections with plenty of rocks is reminiscent of West Virginia. Explore and enjoy!!
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