The Susquehanna River Valley: A Premier Cycling Destination

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 The Susquehanna River Valley is the perfect Mid-Atlantic cycling destination for riders of every age and stage. Central Pennsylvania is superb for bicycling, whether you like an easy ride on a local rail trail, longer road rides through the countryside or strenuous mountain biking through gorgeous forest lands. Autumn is here and the colors are popping just in time for what is arguably one of the best times of year for riding bikes. It’s a season when nature’s fall décor provides the perfect venue for riding. The fall foliage is spectacular. The sunlight in the brilliant dancing leaves creates a wonderful show. And the temperature is crisp and cool with lovely breezes. You absolutely must take advantage of cycling in the Susquehanna River Valley at this incredible time of year.

We’ve compiled a list of resources and routes for all kinds of cycling.

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Local Bike Routes

Thanks to the hard work of an intern from Temple University, we have five redesigned bike maps to offer. They are also available in hardcopy form at our Visitor Center on 81 Hafer Road in Lewisburg.

Country Road Ramble - 18 miles

Farm and River Ride - 24 miles

Hoffa Mill Loop - 15 miles

Ride Along Penns Creek - 42 miles

Ride to Spruce Run Reservoir - 25 miles



Additional Bike Routes

The Mountain Bike Map of Central Pennsylvania's Bald Eagle State Forest shows 140 miles of peaceful forestry road and 97 miles of bikeable trail from easy to advanced. 

Warrior Run Pathways Bike Routes

R.B. Winter State Park Bike Trail

Find out more about trails in our state parks or other possible routes via TrailLink.

Covered Bridges Tour:
Download a copy or stop by our Visitor Information Center and pick up a Covered Bridge map. Plan a scenic ride to see some of the 17 of the oldest and most unique covered bridges in Pennsylvania (or plan a multi-day trip and ride to each of the bridges)!

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-photo credit Philly Bike Expo

The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail is a 10.28-mile-long scenic trail between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg with trailheads, facilities, and parking areas at both ends of the trail as well as at the mid-point in Vicksburg. It is available to serve all ages and abilities, whether for recreation or cycling transportation. The trail provides a safe environment for children to play, dogs to explore, and adults to unwind. Join us on the trail to connect, revitalize, and get a breath of fresh air!

The Susquehanna Greenway is ready for you to explore! Grab your bike and helmet and enjoy the local scenery on riverside trails and through diverse and authentic River Town communities. The Susquehanna Greenway corridor includes the river itself as well as the parks, trails and communities that line the river’s banks.

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Find the perfect route in the SRV with

Get turn-by-turn directions, waypoints, and custom cues. Use printable PDF maps and cue sheets, or export routes in any file format you want.  Use multiple map styles, including satellite and street-view, to ensure you have the best route every time.

Or use Mobile Routing from Your Phone. Available for iOS and Android, the world's best route planner can go anywhere you go. Multiple map styles, real-time elevation data, editing route colors, it's all there. With Satellite, OSM and ESRI based maps, in addition to the ability to search for locations to route to or add as waypoints, planning your perfect tour is only a few taps away.

Here are six already created routes in the SRV that utilize

Cyclist SRV Weekend - Farm Country
A rolling tour of some of the farm roads and open spaces in the Susquehanna River Valley

Cyclist SRV Weekend - East of the River
Cross the Susquehanna River for a beautiful rolling ride that stays below the big hills.

Cyclist SRV - RB Winter + Bald Eagle
A 75-mile route that hits some of the best gravel roads in the forests & parks west of Lewisburg. Starts & Finishes at the Country Cupboard Inn.

unPAved  - "The Proper Parts"
For those that want to ride “The Proper-54” on their own.

unPAved  - "The Difference"
For those that want to check out the hardest part of unPAved (with an easy ride to it, and back).

unPAved UNsupported
A century based off the unPAved course, that ventures into civilization so you can refuel.

Extraordinary Fall Views

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Autumn Cycling Tips from Brookside Bikes: Enjoy Your Fall Ride

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Fall offers unmatched opportunities for beautiful riding.  Blue skies, flamboyant foliage, even misty drizzle - it's a beautiful time of year to get out and ride!  Plan ahead to ensure your fall ride is safe and enjoyable.

1. Protect yourself.  Stay dry with wind and water-resistant clothing and shoes. Protect your hands with gloves.

2. Stay warm.  Fall weather can fluctuate from crisp to balmy in a few hours.  Dress in layers of clothing so that you have options for temperature adjustment. 

3. Be visible.  With shortening days, stay safe with lights that provide daytime visibility as well as nighttime visibility.

4. Keep hydrated.  You may not feel the same urgency to drink in the fall as you did this summer. Your thirst may be numbed by cooler weather but it is still important to your health to remain properly hydrated.

5. Maintain your bike. Moisture and dirt from the roads will accumulate on your bike.  The extra effort to keep your bike clean will preserve its value and your safety.  Plan to lubricate your bike chain more often during the fall and winter.  With more debris on the roads, inspect your tires and check tire pressure regularly. Let us know if you'd like us to schedule your bike for a tune-up in our shop.

6. Watch out!  Leaves, paths, and even pavement are "slippery when wet."

Fall Gear - In Stock now and more on the way!

Apparel - Ride in comfort and style this fall and winter.

Lights - Bontrager and Cygolite Rechargeable Light Sets - As the days shorten, keep your ride well-lit and safe.

Trainers - Saris Trainers In Stock - Make the most of your ride inside this winter with these smart trainers from Saris.

Tune-ups and Repairs: Our current turn-around time for service is 3-4 days. If you don't want to be without your bike for more than 1-2 days, please call ahead to schedule. Also, we'll try to fit quick fixes like flat tires into our schedule more quickly to keep you going.

We welcome all bicycle enthusiasts: Come see us!
Located at 170 East Walnut Street, Mifflinburg, PA,
just behind Weis Markets & CVS,
along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Time for a Tune-up! Bicycle Shops in the SRV

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You may just enjoy a relaxing weekend ride on a local rail trail, or you may be a hard-core cyclist logging hundreds of miles a week. Maybe you’re thinking about using your bike to commute to work and get around town or simply adding some outdoor cycling to your daily exercise routine.

Whether you are a warm-weather cyclist and your bike is put away until sunnier days or you brave the colder months riding through snow, ice and mud, your bike could almost certainly benefit from some TLC. Perform regular maintenance to keep your ride in tip-top shape. We recommend the professionals at Brookside Bikes in Mifflinburg or Earl’s Bicycle Store in Lewisburg. If you are looking for a new bike or accessories to make you adventures safer and more comfortable you will find just what you need along with expert advice at both shops. Or if you prefer, bicycles can be rented from Earl's Bicycle Store. Both shops are located adjacent to the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail (BVRT), a perfect beginners trail that lets you explore our scenic countryside.

Gravel Cycling

The SRV is fast becoming a mecca for gravel riders who seek out premier raw road cycling adventures. Dirt & gravel roads take you through idyllic farm country, over relentlessly rolling hills, along running waters and through gorgeous, old-growth forests.

Central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley is home to the nationally acclaimed unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley, a premier gravel ride covering 120-miles of raw forest, mountain, valley & farm roads during peak fall foliage season.

Plan a Cycling Weekend in the Susquehanna River Valley

Any time of the year a weekend in the SRV is perfect for exceptional rides and strenuous training runs. Try an unPAved route for the first time or schedule some training rides. Either way, we know you will want to come back for more - and maybe even compete in an upcoming unPAved race!