Bike Routes and Resources

You’ll Love Riding Here!

South Central Pennsylvania offers some of the best bike riding to be found anywhere. You can find quiet country roads, unique small towns, important historic sites, vibrant cities, bucolic farmland and amazing scenery.

Bike Routes for Road Cycling

Bicycle South Central PA has recruited experienced riders who have taken the time to create some enjoyable routes that connect communities throughout the region.  Some of these destinations include Harrisburg, the State Capital, Gettysburg, famous for the Civil War Battle that turned the tide of the war, Lancaster, well known for it’s Amish culture, Carlisle, home of the Army Heritage and Education Center, Hanover, the snack food capital of the USA, Hershey, synonymous with chocolate, Lebanon, Chambersburg, York and many more. More routes are being added all the time, and they can all be viewed by clicking this link.

https://ridewithgps.com/groups/BSCPA-Bike-Routes-Ready-to-Proof

You may need to set up an account with www.RideWithGPS.com to download the route info, but a basic account is free of charge.  Each route offers maps, cue sheets and GPS downloads for Garmin and other devices.

 

These routes vary in mileage from 12 to 55 miles and are designed so you can create a tour that meets your preferred distance, location and timeframe.  They are one-way routes that take you from community to community. Ride with GPS does offer a reverse route feature that can be used if no return route is posted.

 

Some routes feature gentle terrain or rolling hills while others offer challenging climbs. Be sure to look at the route profile and elevation gain when making your plans. Each route also contains a description of what is featured along the way. Point of interest stops are noted and include references to parks, historic sites, scenic views and more basic things like food, water and restrooms.

 

Overview Map To see a general overview map of where these communities are in relation to each other go to https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20450234

 

Comments and questions about these routes? Contact mchastek2009@gmail.com

 

PA State Bike Routes

Some of these South Central PA routes connect with the PA State Bike Routes J, J1, J2 and S. http://pennshare.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d8e1c77ad2444268bb56bd2d2a85ec46

 

 

Mountain Biking

The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association offers maps of trails in the Central Pennsylvania area. http://sambabiker.com/samba/our-trails/

Information about additional trails can be found at https://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/pa-mountain-biking-trails/

 

Looking to stay in one place and do out-and-back loop rides or ride rail trails?

We have great local resources to help you plan wonderful day rides on roads or trails. For a listing of municipalities in each county, area attractions and rail trail info, click here.

 

Loop Route Resources

 

Adams County  Healthy Adams County Bicycle Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI) http://habpi.org/pages/onroad.php

 

Cumberland County

Visit Cumberland Valley – https://www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/things-to-do/

Harrisburg Bicycle Club – Look under cue sheets tab www.harrisburgbicycleclub.org

Eastern Cumberland County Bike Map with Road Ratings – http://www.harrisburgbicycleclub.org/index.php/cue-sheets/commuter-routes/140-eastern-cumberland-county-map-with-road-safety-ratings

 

Dauphin and Perry Counties

Harrisburg Bicycle Club – Look under cue sheets tab www.harrisburgbicycleclub.org

 

Franklin County

Franklin County Cyclists http://franklincountycyclists.org/cue-sheets-1/

 

Lancaster County

Lancaster Bicycle Club – Look Under Scenic Rides http://lancasterbikeclub.net

Lancaster Co. Bike Map http://www.lancastercountyplanning.org/DocumentCenter/View/92

 

Lebanon County

Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition – Look under the Scenic Rides tab

www.bikelebanon.org

 

York County

Hanover Cyclists – Look on the left side at the top of the orange banner for “GPX Routes and Cue Sheets” www.hanovercyclers.org