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.

Summer is morphing into autumn, which 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.

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.

Any time of the year a weekend in the SRV is perfect for exceptional rides and strenuous training runs. Plan a spring cycling weekend and include an unPAved route. We are sure you will want to come back - and maybe even compete in an upcoming unPAved race.

Plan a Cycling Weekend in the Susquehanna River Valley

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!

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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 9.5-mile-long scenic trail between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg with trailheads, facilities, and parking areas. The trail is a protected spine of asphalt and gravel stretching between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg, PA. It is available to serve all ages and abilities, whether for recreation or 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.



Time for a Spring 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 was put away until sunnier days or you braved the colder months riding through snow, ice and mud, your bike could almost certainly benefit from some TLC. Before you start pedaling, it’s a good idea to do some spring maintenance and get 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.