Biking Ohiopyle and Beyond.. way beyond
Wilderness Voyageurs is based in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, yes that really is the name of our small mountain town. The population is about 75 people, but the bike population is about 400 bikes.. We think we win the per capita bike competition in the US. When you do bike here, don't miss out on Falls City Pub - the local bikers bar.
Why is Ohiopyle a biker's dream?
Rails-To-Trails crown jewel:
The Great Allegheny Passage,(GAP Trail) the rail trail paralleling the Yough River through Ohiopyle State Park, is one of the gems of The Laurel Highlands. It is only a 2% grade, making the miles easy to pedal through and is spectacularly beautiful. Waterfalls, creeks, miles and miles of trees, and the Yough River as your constant companion is what day on the GAP will provide. This trail begins in Pittsburgh and extends to Cumberland, Maryland where it connects with the C & O Canal. Explore the trail by renting a bike for the day in Ohiopyle, or join one of our Inn to Inn bike tours.
Ohiopyle Mountain Biking bliss:
Ohiopyle State Park- the largest state park in PA, has more than 30 miles of mountain biking trails, and is building more miles of trail every year. Ohiopyle State Park Biking Information
Additional mountain biking is available both north and south of Ohiopyle. Essentially look at the map, and all of the green blobs in both directions have trails. Seven Springs resort, 18 miles north has a downhill course and 20 miles of single track. If you start your ridingon top of the mountain, you can actually pull off a day of biking with minimal climbing. Plan ahead and you will stay on top all day long. Hidden Valley Ski Resort, also has a trail system, but it is less developed and involves a little more climbing. Keep heading north and you will crest the Laurel Ridge where there are miles of beautiful trails, highly technical and a bit cooler due to elevation. The best trail head for these trails is at the old Laurel Mountain Ski Area, off of Route 30.
Head south out of Ohiopyle, and set your sights on Quebec Run. This is super technical and difficult riding. Miles of rock gardens and hill climbing. Due to the heavy tree cover the rocks are almost always slippery. Seriously do not head here unless you have a clue.
Keep heading south just over the border into West Virginia, and you will find Coopers Rocks State Park. About 20 miles of really fun single track await you, and amazing views of the Cheat Canyon.
Ohiopyle Cross Bike riding:
Well the word is out, grab your gravel grinder and head to Ohiopyle. I guess we will share the info.. The state park itself has limited cross bike options, but we connect two incredible zones of riding, State Game Lands 51 & State Game Lands 111. You can access SGL 111 from parking lots on Maple Summit, and then connect trails all the way down to Confluence and complete the loop by hopping on the Great Allegheny Passage. To explore SGL 51, head out of town north on the GAP, and then head east at the gate by Camp Carmel. Ultimately, you can loop back through the Mitchell Field parking area and the Jonathan Run trail system. Stop into the shop for more detailed directions and pointers.
Ohiopyle Road biking:
We will not lie, the road biking around here is hand in glove with climbing. Every direction out of town starts with a 1000' foot climb. But, what goes up must come down. Once you head out into the country side there are miles of country roads that are in great shape and have minimal traffic. Our Tuesday night ride group, usually does a 25 mile ish route and the standard number of cars that pass in our direction is usually less than a dozen. Join us on one of these group rides, 5'oclock at the store. More details on Ohiopyle road biking options.
Inn to Inn Biking Vacations - a unique and luxurious way to vacation
You deserve this! Hop on your bike and meander through the countryside and small towns at your own pace, we take care of the details. Feel the power of these places through the intimacy of traveling by bike, top down and windshield removed. We move your luggage, prepare your lunch, tune your bike, and show up with the SAG vehicle when you decide you want a lift to the comfortable Inn that awaits you. Did we mention that we provide you with a GPS unit for your bike, and that 2 guides are at your service to regale you with local lore, bike knowledge and ensure that you have a vaction to remember?
Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal Highlight Tour Portions of the GAP and C & O Canal, 3 days
Great Allegheny Passage End to End bike tour Bike every mile of the GAP from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, 4 days
Heroes Barns & Bridges Bike Tour The bucolic countryside of Bedford, Ligonier and the Flight 93 Memorial 4 days
PA Dutch Country Amish farms, historic downtowns and rolling countryside in Lancaster County, 4 days
Maryland Road Bike Tour
Chesapeake Bay & Bike Mild climate and friendly terrain, combine with Bald Eagles and Seafood, 4 days
Missouri Rail-Trail tour
KATY Trail The longest Rail-Trail in the US, charming towns and the mighty Missouri River, 6 days
Civil War Historical Road Bike Tours
Virginia Road Bike Tour
Thundering Muskets Meander through Virginia Hunt country, Sky Line Drive and Gettysburg, 6 days
Call 800-272-4141 to book your bike tour or ask questions about biking in the area!