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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania
by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)
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Better known to locals as simply "the bike path" on the eleven-mile section from Ohiopyle to Confluence, this trail allows leisurely hiking and biking that follows the Youghiogheny River from the Lower section (class III/IV rapids) to the Middle section (class I/II rapids). There are many opportunities to take side paths down to the river and watch rafters and boaters. The rapids are even marked on mile markers. Of course, if you don''t feel like leaving the comfortable gravel and bluestone dust path (and don''t have a fear of heights), hang out on the high railroad bridge and view railroad rapid from far above. As for the trail itself, the scenery changes just like the river. Closer to Ohiopyle, large rock cut-aways form tall cliffs on the right covered with moss, ferns, laurel, and rhododendron with the hardwoods nearer the crest, while on the left the slope heading down to the river is mostly oak, maple,laurel, and rhododendron. Further down the trail, on your way to Confluence, you encounter less hardwoods and less elevation, putting you almost level with the Middle section of the Yough.
Very easy. Nearly level. Shady in summertime.
This trail is on the old rail road line.An easy to navagate trail full of nature surroundings. Parts of this trail run along rock cliffs.A you peddle by you can feel the coolness coming off the moss coverd rocks. If your up near the Connelsville end you ride over an high rail road bridge. This is a great place to take in the mountians and Yough River.
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