Bike Trails by South Central Pennsylvania County

Adams County 

http://www.destinationgettysburg.com/things-to-do/explore-adams-county.asp

 

Towns:  Gettysburg, Fairfield, East Berlin, Arndtsville, Heidlersburg, Littlestown, Biglerville, Lake Meade, Abbottstown

 

Places of Interest:

  • Gettysburg National Battlefield & Visitors Center
  • Covered Bridges … Anderson Farm, Heikes, Jack’s Mountain, Sachs
  • Thomas Brothers Country Store (Biglerville)
  • Ski Liberty (Fairfield)
  • St. Mary’s University

 

Trails and connections:

  • PA Bike Rt S (West Alexander near Wheeling, WV on western border to Washington’s Crossing on the Delaware River)
  • PA Bike Rt J (South to York Heritage Trail and Maryland border; North to New York border)
  • PA Bike Rt. J-1 (Gettysburg)
  • PA Bike Rt. J-2 (Lancaster)

 

Cumberland County 

https://www.visitcumberlandvalley.com

 

Towns:  Camp Hill, Hampden Township, Lemoyne, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Shippensburg, Boiling Springs, Mt. Holly Springs

 

Places of Interest:

  • Battle of Hampden Township (Hampden Township)
  • Washington (Camp Hill)
  • Susquehanna River and Bridges … John Harris, Market Street, Harvey Taylor, George W. Wade, Clarks Ferry, CV RR Bridge, Walnut Street (“Peoples”)
  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park
  • Yellow Breeches creek
  • Susquehanna River
  • Covered Bridges … Ramp Covered Bridge (Hopewell Township); Bowmansdale Covered Bridge (connects Cumberland and York counties at Messiah College)
  • Enola Railroad Yard
  • Negley Park (Lemoyne) Overlook … City of Harrisburg, Susquehanna River & bridges
  • Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle
  • The “bubble” and Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs
  • Art galleries, restaurants, and shops in Carlisle as well as Cumberland County /Historical Society
  • Molly Pitcher statue, Carlisle
  • Carlisle Indian Cemetery & Indian school history, Carlisle
  • War College, Carlisle
  • Denning State Park,Newville
  • Dickinson College and Messiah College

 

Trails:

  • Cumberland Valley Rail Trail … 9.5  miles, Newville to Shippensburg. (to be extended to Carlisle) http://www.cvrtc.org/TrailMap.htm
  • PA Bike Routes J (York), J-1 (Lancaster South; Sayre North), J-2 (Gettysburg)

 

Dauphin County 

http://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org

 

Towns:

Harrisburg, Pillow, Elizabethville, Millersburg, Hummelstown, Highspire, Steelton, Middletown, Dauphin

 

Places of Interest:

  • PA State Capitol
  • Governor’s Residence
  • Toll ferry (Millerstown)
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant
  • Broad Street Market
  • Fort Hunter
  • Italian Gardens
  • PA State Museum
  • Bellevue Park
  • City Island
  • Covered Bridges … Everhart and Henninger Covered Bridges
  • John Harris mansion and burial site

 

Trails and connections:

 

Franklin County 

http://www.explorefranklincountypa.com

 

Towns:  Chambersburg, Greencastle, Shippensburg (western tip), Lurgan, Cover Gap

 

Places of Interest:

  • The Conococheague Institute … Rock Hill Farm
  • Mercersburg Academy
  • Civil War (Chambersburg, Mercersburg); Gettysburg Campaign
  • President James Buchanan Boyhood Home (Cover Gap), Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park
  • Enock Brown School Massacre
  • Covered Bridge … Martin’s Mill Covered Bridge (Greencastle)
  • Allison-Antrim Museum (Greencastle)
  • Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium (Orrtanna near Gettysburg)
  • Wineries … Reid’s (Gettysburg, Orrtanna) Knob Hall (Gettysburg), Adams County (Gettysburg), Hauser Estate (Biglerville), Battlefield Brew Works (Gettysburg), Mason Dixon Distillery (Gettysburg)
  • Historic South Mountain Fruit Belt
  • Caledonia Furnace
  • Whitetail Ski Resort
  • Frederick Douglass and John Brown (Chambersburg)
  • Underground Railroad
  • Lurgan Greenhouse (Orrstown)
  • Colonial Forts (sites) … Ft. Chamber, Ft. Davis, Ft. Loudon, Ft. Marshall, Ft. McCord, Ft. McDowell, Ft. Waddell, Reverend Steel’s Fort

 

Trails and connections:

  • PA Bike Route S passes through Franklin, Adams and York Counties

 

Lancaster County 

http://www.discoverlancaster.com/index.asp

 

Towns

  • Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Marietta, Lititz, Ephrata, Intercourse, Strasburg

Places of Interest:

  • Wheatland … President James Buchanan home
  • Middle Creek Wildlife Area
  • Covered Bridges … 29 in Lancaster County
  • Amish farms and markets

 

Trails:

 

Lebanon County 

http://visitlebanonvalley.com

 

Towns:

  • Lebanon, Annville, Palmyra, Mt. Gretna, Cornwall, Colebrook

 

Places of Interest:

  • Cornwall Iron Furnace
  • Swatara State Park
  • Middle Creek Wildlife Area

 

Trails:

 

Perry County 

http://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/things-to-do/perry-county/

 

Towns:  Marysville, Duncannon, Newport, Landisburg, Little Buffalo St. Park, Shermansdale, Millerstown

 

Places of Interest:

  • Little Buffalo State Park
  • Appalachian Trail passes through Perry County
  • Doubling Gap and Waggoner’s Gap (Landisburg)
  • Covered Bridges … 14

Trails:

 

York County 

http://www.yorkpa.org

 

Towns:  York, Franklintown, Wellsville, Wrightsville, Manchester, Mt. Wolf, Shrewsbury, Glen Rock, New Freedom, Fawn Grove, York Furnace, Goldsboro, Stewartstown

 

Places of Interest:

  • Pinchot Lake
  • Susquehanna River
  • Lake Marburg
  • Capital City Airport

 

Trails and connections: