Governor Dick to Dinosaur Rock

Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

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A definite must-do ride, not only for its variety of sweet trails but also for some of the coolest natural and man-made formations around. The beautiful little town of Mount Gretna in itself is quite an experience. Located in the heart of the Amish Country, this unique hillside village has a certain aura about it that just needs to be experienced firsthand. The history behind the name of the hill is interesting as well. It’s named after a black woodchopper and charcoal burner who worked exclusively on this mountain felling and burning trees. His name was Dick, but his friends nicknamed him Governor... and upon his death the hill was named for him. The ride begins above town on the grounds of the Governor Dick Wild Area. Atop the hill is a unique observation tower. Looking somewhat like a grain silo, this 65-foot-tall concrete tower is open to those who want to savor the 360-degree view of the surrounding Dutch Country. Highlights: the Governor Dick observation tower and the colossal Dinosaur Rock ice age formation; great wildlife viewing. Tread: a potpourri of grassy woods roads, old rail grades, and singletrack. Most of the surfaces are smooth and fast, with only small sections of bumpy terrain.

Governor Dick to Dinosaur Rock Professional Review and Guide

"A definite must-do ride, not only for its variety of sweet trails but also for some of the coolest natural and man-made formations around. The beautiful little town of Mount Gretna in itself is quite an experience. Located in the heart of the Amish Country, this unique hillside village has a certain aura about it that just needs to be experienced firsthand. The history behind the name of the hill is interesting as well. It’s named after a black woodchopper and charcoal burner who worked exclusively on this mountain felling and burning trees. His name was Dick, but his friends nicknamed him Governor... and upon his death the hill was named for him.

The ride begins above town on the grounds of the Governor Dick Wild Area. Atop the hill is a unique observation tower. Looking somewhat like a grain silo, this 65-foot-tall concrete tower is open to those who want to savor the 360-degree view of the surrounding Dutch Country. Highlights: the Governor Dick observation tower and the colossal Dinosaur Rock ice age formation; great wildlife viewing. Tread: a potpourri of grassy woods roads, old rail grades, and singletrack. Most of the surfaces are smooth and fast, with only small sections of bumpy terrain."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Mount Gretna
Distance: 10.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania Game Commission 717-183-7507
Local Maps: USGS Elizabethtown, Manheim. Pennsylvania Game Commission, SGL 145 map
Driving Directions: Directions to Governor Dick to Dinosaur Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

8/16/2008
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I have to agree with John. The ride was great up to Dino rock. After that we encountered a lot of areas that were so overgrown and muddy we couldn't even ride the trail. There were also several areas we had to hand our bikes to each other through fallen trees.


8/14/2008
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5/26/2008
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Do not advise following directions after visiting the Dinosaur Rock. Path's are grown over and marked for foot traffic only. There were many fallen trees, making biking impossible. In addition, there was quite a bit of deep mud and stream crossing. I recommend you backtrack from the Dino rock. The ride was pretty good up till that point.


7/2/2004
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