Riding Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Rail Trail

Five friends met for a long weekend in Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek for cycling, camping, and hiking to the top of Pine Creek Gorge.

Bicycle Adventurers: Teresa, Barb, Joan, Tammy, and Jackie

When: June 27–30, 2016

Accommodations: Campsite at the Black Walnut Bottom parking area on the Pine Creek Rail Trail just two miles south of Slate Run, PA.

Distance: With out ride to the Pine Creek Gorge and back, then to the trailhead of the Golden Eagle Trail, our total mileage was 50 miles.

Bonus tips for this adventure: Campsites are clean, spacious, and right on the creek. Permits are easily obtained.

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Day One

We met at the Black Walnut Bottom parking area to fill panniers and trailer up, then rode down to our campsite less than a mile away.

Day Two

We rode up into the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (the Pine Creek Gorge) for a hike up the Turkey Path Trail at Colton Point State Park for a fantastic view of Pine Creek.

And we stopped at a local store right on the trail for $1 ice cream. What a deal!

We even did some kayaking on the small rapids. This was lots of fun — even getting stuck on some rocks with the kayaks. We used our bikes to get back to the car to return to our original parking lot.

Day Three

We rode to trailhead and locked the bikes up, then went for a long uphill hike to an amazing rock overlook into the mountains. Next, we rode back up to Slate Run, PA for a deli stop. We also took some side bike trips on other side of creek and sa bear.

Your favorite local bike shop? Cycle Craft in Parsippany, NJ

Bike overnight tips and tricks? 

  • Keep it simple.
  • Make sure you have some good places to stop for lunch and ice cream.
  • Riding early will help you see more wildlife.
  • Of course sleeping near a creek with hearing a loon at night was such a nature moment too!


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1 response so far ↓

Russ Strawn - Feb 16, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Looks like a beautiful ride.

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