Big Trestle Trail

Oleona, Pennsylvania

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This is a wilderness excursion that takes you back into the most remote parts of Pennsylvania’s woods. Thanks to the local logging history, there are miles of abandoned railroad grades that have remained intact but unmaintained for years. These narrow rail grades have since grown in, leaving us singletrack lovers with some of the finest trail in Pennsylvania. The origin of the park’s name comes from Ole Bornemann, a famous Norwegian violinist who was touring the country in the mid 1800s and attempted to settle a colony of Norwegian folks in the beautiful hills of Potter county. Highlights: some of Pennsylvania's finest backcountry mountain biking; remote and rarely traveled trails that give the rider a true wilderness experience; a mid-ride spring; native trout streams incredible scenery. Tread: after 2 miles of dirt road, you find yourself on sweet singletrack for the next 5 miles. The last 7 miles are on rough forest and gas well roads.

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"This is a wilderness excursion that takes you back into the most remote parts of Pennsylvania’s woods. Thanks to the local logging history, there are miles of abandoned railroad grades that have remained intact but unmaintained for years. These narrow rail grades have since grown in, leaving us singletrack lovers with some of the finest trail in Pennsylvania.

The origin of the park’s name comes from Ole Bornemann, a famous Norwegian violinist who was touring the country in the mid 1800s and attempted to settle a colony of Norwegian folks in the beautiful hills of Potter county. Highlights: some of Pennsylvania's finest backcountry mountain biking; remote and rarely traveled trails that give the rider a true wilderness experience; a mid-ride spring; native trout streams incredible scenery. Tread: after 2 miles of dirt road, you find yourself on sweet singletrack for the next 5 miles. The last 7 miles are on rough forest and gas well roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Oleona
Distance: 15.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Oleana; DCNR Bureau of Forestry: Susquehannock State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Trestle Trail

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May 2018