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    best trails near Williamsport PA?

    I am a travel nurse and just accepted an assignment in Williamsport PA starting April 28th that will last for 13 weeks. I live in Asheville NC so I have great access to some world class trails right near home. It seems that PA has some great riding to offer as well but I am having a difficult time finding where these trails are located. What are some good trails or trail systems in/near Williamsport? I dont mind driving but would love to hear about a few that are within a 30min drive to keep it relatively local. Mostly looking for cross country riding but wouldnt be opposed to some good downhill if it were available.

    Also does anyone know any other things to do in the area? Rock climbing, Fly fishing, Whitewater canoing, etc. Really, Im down for anything outdoors. I have a 4x4 truck so can access a fair amount.

    Thanks for any help/advice in advance and Im really looking forward to coming up and checking out your beautiful state. If anyone is in the area and is looking for someone to ride with please feel free to let me know

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    I'm really not familiar with the smaller local trail systems around Williamsport like 'The Water Company,' but the closet big time trail system is going to be Bald Eagle State Forest (with spillover into lower Tiadaghton State Forest.) Go to purplelizard.com and order the Bald Eagle map for $12. It's worth it. It's a huge tract of land and some of the areas are very isolated, so the trails will run the gamut in terms of how well they're maintained. For me, coming from Danville, I access Bald Eagle from a parking lot immediately off Exit 199 (Mile Run) of I-80, but coming from Williamsport, there may be a better way.

    Canoing: Pine Creek - Rt 6 (or even further up) down to Jersey Shore, PA

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    I lived in Williamsport for 3 years but didn't bike at the time so I can't help with that, but if you like hiking there are some beautiful trails at Ricketts Glen which is only about an hour away.

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    I just started riding but so far I hear about a few places.

    Water Company Trail - Sounds tame.
    Water Company Pennsylvania Trail Reviews

    Rider Park - I think kind of a inbetween.
    Williamsport Lycoming County Visitors Bureau - Rider Park, Warrensville

    And something I was told that was more difficult was Little Bear Creek. It is located out route 87 here is a link to it on google maps...
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Li...7dce13858a7f9a

    If you go over to Bicycle Center in South Williamsport, Devin (younger guy) seems to know all the spots cause he rides. Hope all this helps some.

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    Re: best trails near Williamsport PA?

    Make sure you get down to Raystown Allegrippis while you're here. Its a 2 hr drive but well worth it.
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    I'll show ya some great trails in Bald Eagle (and fly fishing), if you show me the same in Asheville sometime! White Deer Creek Road is about a half hour from Williamsport I believe although I never come from that direction. Right off of Rt 80. I'm a pretty hard core xc rider and my rides there are usually epic not really for an hour ride after work. I do have some shorter loops (3-8 mile) too. You do need to know what trails are doable and which aren't or you'll spend a lot of time walking your bike or riding dirt roads.
    There is a fly fishing only stretch on white deer creek which is where I learned and grew up fishing. Its not a big stream and you need to be able to finesse a fly amongst thick laurel.
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    Ricketts Glenn is off limits to bikes. But moon lake park is maybe a 40-45 min drive from Williamsport and has all kinds of trails.

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    options

    there are lots of options within an hr drive. If your looking for H2o
    check out https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bcckc
    they are in your neck of the woods..there are some "gems" very close to williamsport if you like creekin.
    Feel free to pm me if your willing to drive an hr to ride, the northeast
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    It would be worth you while to travel a bit more than 30 minutes, you might try heading up RT15 to Wellsboro, The area around Asaph has lots of really great MTB stuff. Check out Pine Creek and a trib of it, Slate Run for flyfishing. Hiking the Susquehannock SF and lots more in Potter county. Let me know if your coming to Moon Lake and need a guide.

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    Best bet is to head toward Mt. Carmel.

    Ride the trails at the Roaring Creek Watershed (now Weiser SF). Trails lie on the ridge between Natalie and Aristes, or between routes 54 and 42.

    Riding the Ridge Trail is your best bet.

    There is likely still snow on the ground up on the Ridge though.

    The trails at Danville would be closer but I've not been there in years.

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    Hey man welcome to PA. A friend of mine is a Nurse in NC, he moved there from PA.

    But anyway, places to ride.

    Raystown is going to remind you of Bent Creek without the longer climbing. But very fast very flowy, and a fun place to ride. However that's like the only place in PA like that.

    Others have stated Wellsboro, that's a nice place, check out Danville, that will be similar to pisgah with the steep climbs and the steep downhills, also a lot of fun. Rothrock is about an hour or so from you, (State College Area) Tons of Rocky Singletrack there. Roaring Creek is really nice, Delano is about another hour east of you, Rattling Creek is an hour south I think. Those are all places within about an hour. Which isn't too bad, last time I visited my buddy in Asheville it took us about and hour to get to Brevard for Dupont and a little less then that to ride Turkey Pen and Squirrel Gap. Also keep your eyes here on the PA Forums....many folks will post up a ride and try to meet up. I know I met a couple folks on here that way for rides, all good people so far and fun rides.

    Welcome to PA....I hope you bring some of the southern weather with ya!

    Oh and don't be afraid to use the back roads....sometimes they will save you tons of time. Just don't run over a roadie ;p
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    I have family in the area, so I'm in Williamsport about once a month. I'd offer to show you around, but I don't know of much right in the immediate area. The spots mentioned that are closer (Water Company, Rider Park) are ok, but pretty basic.

    Father away (but not too far for a Saturday or Sunday ride) check out Rattling Creek: (Rattling Creek - IMBA Epic Mountain Bike Trail, Lykens borough, PA) and the trails in Rothrock, outside State College (Rothrock TrailMix - IMBA Epic Mountain Bike Trail, State College borough, PA). Raystown is good also, but basically a paved superhighway by comparison to other PA trails.

    Blue Mountain, about 2hrs east is a good lift accessed DH option.

    There's definitely fly fishing in the Pine Creek area north of Williamsport, maybe check with these guys if you can't find a local ( Slate Run Tackle Shop - Fly Fishing In PA)

    Canoeing/kayaking etc., on Pine Creek for sure, but not whitewater. Pretty tame.

    Along Pine Creek there's a nice rail trail, if you're just looking to put down miles in a straight line.

    Trails should finally be drying out by the time you get here.

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    I felt like both Rider and Water Company were great local trails because they are empty, quiet, easy to get to, and not so crazy as to kill you on an after-work ride. While I was working up there I got to ride Water Company maybe 5 times, and every time came back relaxed. Then again I was riding from 6pm until 8pm, so didn't have much time to work with.
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    I live in the Nippenose Valley, just south of Williamsport. The Water Authority is nice and close, but it's mostly fire road with a little splash of non-technical single track thrown in. Its great loop for a quick easy ride after work. I usually drive down to Bald Eagle SF for longer/more exciting rides. The trails there are a lot of fun, but be ready to do some gravel grinding to get to ride the single track.

    I've only been in the area a couple years, so I haven't ventured much further into the area, but I am going to carve out some time to explore Rothrock and Raystown this year.

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    Just went up to Rider Park and did some of Cheryls Trail. There was a few muddy spots and a couple small pieces of snow but for the most part it was fine. It really wasn't hard to find because there is 2 signs right before it... but its Caleb Creek Rd and go to the top. I took some pics of the trail to help ya out. I would have gone more but I didn't take a pic of the trail til after I got back, I didn't know which way to go when I got up top and there was 3 ways to go so it ended up being shorter than I wanted at about 2.5 miles.

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    I was also at Rider Park yesterday. 1st time there. WHOAA is correct there is still some snow and some wet spots, but overall good conditions. It is mostly double track, but looks like there could be some more technical out the back side in Tiadaghton State Forest. Great views though. Might head to Moon Lake in WB today if work lets me. Great place to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbiker1 View Post
    I was also at Rider Park yesterday. 1st time there. WHOAA is correct there is still some snow and some wet spots, but overall good conditions. It is mostly double track, but looks like there could be some more technical out the back side in Tiadaghton State Forest. Great views though. Might head to Moon Lake in WB today if work lets me. Great place to ride.
    Did you do all of Cheryls trail? I must have took that black trails from D to inbetween B-C which was all singletrack but only like .25 mile. I was confused up top there so just picked a way. Not sure if I am going to do the yellow trail with vistas next time or full Cheryls Trail. Depends if its a weekend of weekday lol. This weekend I may be heading down to Danville though.

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    Last year I rode mostly the perimeter as best I could, the view of the Loyalsock from the Yellow was nice. I did notice a few quad trails leading up from private land that seemed to go down to the creek, but I didn't take them.

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    WHOAA;

    Yes, I did ride most of the main trails in the park. They are all marked, but are hard to find at some of the intersections. The Yellow trail is an up-down trail, but has the views.

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    Went to the Geisinger trails in Danville, PA this morning. Was a bit cold but enjoyed getting out. We did the Black Bear Trail which was like 4 miles but we did miss some of the end cause we got lost. It was a lot of loose rock and dirt. The first mile was all uphill and more open like a firetrail and for me pretty difficult especially with the wet leaves. (Out of Shape lol) The next mile was slow climb but everything from here on out was singletrack and pretty fun. Quite a bit of downhill for the last mile and a half. Overall I enjoyed it but look forward to being in better shape the next time I hit this one. So this would be great for experienced riders and its like 45 mins from Williamsport.

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    BTW, that trail map shows maybe 50% of the trails that are actually there. There is a Monday night group ride there at 5:30. You gotta ride the Carousel for sure. Copperhead is a sweet trail too. Riding out there averages about 200 ft/ Mile climbing no matter where you go, killer place to get your climb on and get a work out.

    In Bald Eagle SF we have a Wednesday Group Ride that leaves out of the back of the East Parking lot of R.B. Winter State Park at 5:30 starting this week. You are literally surrounded by killer riding but the trick is that most of it isn't well that well documented, aside from the aforementioned Purple Lizard maps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    Went to the Geisinger trails in Danville, PA this morning. Was a bit cold but enjoyed getting out. We did the Black Bear Trail which was like 4 miles but we did miss some of the end cause we got lost. It was a lot of loose rock and dirt. The first mile was all uphill and more open like a firetrail and for me pretty difficult especially with the wet leaves. (Out of Shape lol) The next mile was slow climb but everything from here on out was singletrack and pretty fun. Quite a bit of downhill for the last mile and a half. Overall I enjoyed it but look forward to being in better shape the next time I hit this one. So this would be great for experienced riders and its like 45 mins from Williamsport.

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    Nice to hear about Danville. Have not gotten there yet but was wanting to take a spin out that way shortly. Probably in about a week or so

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    When everyone kept saying bald eagle I thought they meant Howard lake up past mill hall. Apparently Bald Eagle is just over the mountain from Williamsport about 30 mins. This will probably be the next weekend place I visit. I'll keep the water company and rider park for weeknights. I figured I would say something that way OP knows it isn't really that far from Williamsport.

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    Thanks for all of your responses guys. I am looking forward to riding your trails and getting familiar with everything. I have been busy getting things ready for my assignment in Williamsport and trying to find a place to stay I haven had too much time to research the trails but it looks like I have a few good starting points for when I get up there.

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    For those posting about the Danville trails..................Is there any more info online about trails/ trailheads and such? I'll be heading back midday sunday from Wellsboro area to southeast pa, maybe worth checking out if it's close to 80?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferguson65 View Post
    For those posting about the Danville trails..................Is there any more info online about trails/ trailheads and such? I'll be heading back midday sunday from Wellsboro area to southeast pa, maybe worth checking out if it's close to 80?
    All the information has already been posted, at least what I could find. It's no more than 5 minutes off I-80. I posted the trail map so not sure what else you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    All the information has already been posted, at least what I could find. It's no more than 5 minutes off I-80. I posted the trail map so not sure what else you are looking for.
    Recommended routes/ direction to hit individual trails and such. Just all out any info I can find. That's what I'm looking for.
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    Danville trails are in a pretty compact area, but hard to describe a good route due to the way the trails are laid out as well as designated. It's the kind of place that you can get a good ride in the 1st time you ride it but it takes a few times to figure out the best route. Be prepared to go up....up...up...and down....down...down. Not much is flat here. I posted the trailhead location in the 2nd post in this thread. From the parking lot, if you're looking at the mountain, go left and ride 1/4 mile down the paved road to the secondary trail head. I think this is the best way to climb to the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonz View Post
    Danville trails are in a pretty compact area, but hard to describe a good route due to the way the trails are laid out as well as designated. It's the kind of place that you can get a good ride in the 1st time you ride it but it takes a few times to figure out the best route. Be prepared to go up....up...up...and down....down...down. Not much is flat here. I posted the trailhead location in the 2nd post in this thread. From the parking lot, if you're looking at the mountain, go left and ride 1/4 mile down the paved road to the secondary trail head. I think this is the best way to climb to the top.
    So that would be the furthest trail on the left? Copperhead?

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    I think it's called Copperhead. I usually call it 'yellow' based on old trail designations. The problem with the Geisinger Trails is that almost every map you'll find is incomplete, partially because many of the trails are off the Geisinger Stewardship Forest property. And the 'official' maps don't show any of the fire roads that can be used for short linkages to connect trails. Here's a link to what is probably the most accurate representation of what's there, although it's a pretty crude map: GEISINGER TRAILS LINK Even it is missing trails down behind the cemetery (the green area.) The heavy blue/purple lines are fire roads.

    The below map shows how I start probably 90% of my rides there. Then from point '20' I just make it up as I go along. Not saying this is the 'right way,' but it's pretty good. Some people start there ride by climbing the Jeep Road from the parking lot. Once you understand the trail system, I personally find that to be lame.
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    I just went up and did the "blue dot trail" yesterday. Conditions are perfect. If anyone doesn't know, you park at the top of Sulphur Springs Rd., then travel back skyline drive about 4 miles until you reach the Verizon(I think) tower on your right. Take the little gravel road until you get onto the trail. If you reach a clearing/field on your right, you went a tad too far. I ended up on the power line, then took a right to bring me back to skyline drive. That is all I have found so far. Btw make sure you take the slight right when the blue dot starts ( there are 2 boulders), otherwise you'll end up half-way down the mountain towards 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    I just went up and did the "blue dot trail" yesterday. Conditions are perfect. If anyone doesn't know, you park at the top of Sulphur Springs Rd., then travel back skyline drive about 4 miles until you reach the Verizon(I think) tower on your right. Take the little gravel road until you get onto the trail. If you reach a clearing/field on your right, you went a tad too far. I ended up on the power line, then took a right to bring me back to skyline drive. That is all I have found so far. Btw make sure you take the slight right when the blue dot starts ( there are 2 boulders), otherwise you'll end up half-way down the mountain towards 15.
    I don't think you were in the right place but here is a map from another thread. Pretty sure you park on Mosquito Valley Rd.

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    Also I had a short window to get a ride in but I went to Rider Park again. Katy Jane to Saddle trail was a lot of rocks but fun. Wasn't singletrack but was nice downhilling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    I don't think you were in the right place but here is a map from another thread. Pretty sure you park on Mosquito Valley Rd.

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    Also I had a short window to get a ride in but I went to Rider Park again. Katy Jane to Saddle trail was a lot of rocks but fun. Wasn't singletrack but was nice downhilling it.

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    This is my first time ever using a forum, somehow, so idk if I posted that as a reply to a comment or not. I didn't mean to, if so. The trail system I was referring to is behind McDonald's in South Williamsport. Nice mellow rocky/rooty stuff. I haven't been to the water authority since last season, but the huge yellow loop on that map is deffinetly closed. I still have yet to take the red one. And yea, that trail that Katy Jane turns in to is pretty rocky lol. The first time I hit it, I sort-of bombed the first smooth part, then hit those rocks at speed... Great time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    I haven't been to the water authority since last season, but the huge yellow loop on that map is deffinetly closed. I still have yet to take the red one.
    Correction: the first half of the yellow is open.(just can't loop around) The red one is now private.

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    The Yellow Loop at Water Authority has a gate to keep vehicle traffic (if it got that far) from travelling around the reservoir. This gate is about 2 miles beyond the "split" on the Yellow Loop if you viewed that map above. When I was up there last year, the gate didn't have any signage on it. You simply passed underneath and continued on your way.

    That being said, the Mosquito Valley Reservoir is seriously posted beyond the limits of the trail. They don't want anyone messing with the dam or water quality, if you know what I mean.

    It's possible that Water Authority didn't like folks up that far and posted the gate.

    However, they'd also have to post the other end of the yellow loop where it comes back together from the south.

    Did you see signage that specifically said "Mosquito Valley Road closed to public" or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    This is my first time ever using a forum, somehow, so idk if I posted that as a reply to a comment or not. I didn't mean to, if so. The trail system I was referring to is behind McDonald's in South Williamsport. Nice mellow rocky/rooty stuff. I haven't been to the water authority since last season, but the huge yellow loop on that map is deffinetly closed. I still have yet to take the red one. And yea, that trail that Katy Jane turns in to is pretty rocky lol. The first time I hit it, I sort-of bombed the first smooth part, then hit those rocks at speed... Great time!
    Yea I just assumed you were talking about the water authority cause you didn't quote, sorry. So you start out up top then go down and ride back up? I would like to bomb something first for once. My body is beat from climbing and it makes the downhill more strenuous.

    Katy Jane definitely was fun I don't how fast people bomb stuff like that but my max speed was 25 and damn she was rattling lol. I went up right at the parking lot so I think I went backwards but the downhill was very long because I cut down saddle trail. Probably a good 3/4 of a mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    The Yellow Loop at Water Authority has a gate to keep vehicle traffic (if it got that far) from travelling around the reservoir. This gate is about 2 miles beyond the "split" on the Yellow Loop if you viewed that map above. When I was up there last year, the gate didn't have any signage on it. You simply passed underneath and continued on your way.

    That being said, the Mosquito Valley Reservoir is seriously posted beyond the limits of the trail. They don't want anyone messing with the dam or water quality, if you know what I mean.

    It's possible that Water Authority didn't like folks up that far and posted the gate.

    However, they'd also have to post the other end of the yellow loop where it comes back together from the south.

    Did you see signage that specifically said "Mosquito Valley Road closed to public" or something?
    So only half the yellow loop is open? Is that permanent? And what is the Green Racoon Mt trail like?

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    Aaah. That makes a bit of sense. I feel like it did have a sign, though. Otherwise I would normally just go under/around it as you said. Hoping to get up there Sunday. I'll post the status on here if it is dry enough to get that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    Correction: the first half of the yellow is open.(just can't loop around) The red one is now private.
    At last check of property ownership in Lycoming County, Water Authority still owns all the land surrounding Hagerman's Run Reservoir and then some. That land borders State Forest Land.

    Municipal Water Authorities tend to take a pretty lazy approach to managing properties. They don't want people messing with water sources, headwaters and dams. At the same time, they don't want to have to constantly clean up trails that are for public use.

    I once asked a Water Authority Manager in North East, PA (near Erie) his opinions on whether mountain bikers could use the are surrounding reservoirs to build trails. They had 1000 acres surrounding one large reservoir (where people had trails) and another 500 acres nearby that was posted as closed to public. Same ownership, different rules. Curious.

    He said that the North East Borough Water Authority does not provide active recreation on its properties. Well obviously they did because the news had just done an article on how awesome the 1000 acre property was for fisherman and hikers. I asked, "are there any differences between how those two properties are managed?" He responded "no, they both have Fish and Game Patrol, folks just don't hike at the smaller property." I asked, "can I hunt at the smaller property" he said "yes", I asked "can I fish there?" He said, "no, we don't permit people to use that lake due to emergency access." I asked "So I can hike there?" He said "well we don't really provide trails, so I don't know why you'd want to..." to which I replied "but what if my hiking was for hunting?" he said "well I guess you could...you'd have to get written permission to hunt." I asked "what if my hunting involved using a bicycle to access parts of the property?"

    At this point he was clearly frustrated and responded (paraphrased as), "look man, my job is to provide clean drinking water to the Borough, not manage the land, if you want to ride out there you should approach the Borough Council."

    What I'm getting at is the Williamsport Water Authority probably finds it easier to just post the whole damn area as "private" and "no access" than to worry about maintaining trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    The Yellow Loop at Water Authority has a gate to keep vehicle traffic (if it got that far) from travelling around the reservoir.
    Hahaha Yea, no clue how they get their trucks up that slope.

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    What I'm getting at is the Williamsport Water Authority probably finds it easier to just post the whole damn area as "private" and "no access" than to worry about maintaining trails.
    Ohk yea, because I remember that trail (I think Hively Rd.) having a "private property" sign, even though it just leads to a reservoir. That was a great trail, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    So only half the yellow loop is open? Is that permanent? And what is the Green Racoon Mt trail like?
    I really enjoy the green trail if I start at the end that comes off the main fire road(yellow trail). Mellow climb of maybe 100-150 vertical ft., then it is basically flat for a bit( you can book ass if you have energy), then a mellow downhill, leading to some more flat. If you are strapped for time, it is an easy trail to complete in an hour or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    Yea I just assumed you were talking about the water authority cause you didn't quote, sorry. So you start out up top then go down and ride back up? I would like to bomb something first for once. My body is beat from climbing and it makes the downhill more strenuous.

    Katy Jane definitely was fun I don't how fast people bomb stuff like that but my max speed was 25 and damn she was rattling lol. I went up right at the parking lot so I think I went backwards but the downhill was very long because I cut down saddle trail. Probably a good 3/4 of a mile.
    I always just go straight up from the parking lot. Not sure what you mean by starting at the top. The first time I hit that trail, yea, my arms, legs, and fingers were all killing me. I was basically on a ridged bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    I always just go straight up from the parking lot. Not sure what you mean by starting at the top. The first time I hit that trail, yea, my arms, legs, and fingers were all killing me. I was basically on a ridged bike...
    I just meant starting at the top somewhere would be nice once in a while, the way you described that trail off of skyline it seems like that's it.

    As for Katy Jane yea I went the same way but i think most people go the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    I just meant starting at the top somewhere would be nice once in a while, the way you described that trail off of skyline it seems like that's it.

    As for Katy Jane yea I went the same way but i think most people go the opposite.
    Now I got ya'. Have you ever heard of the haystacks( rock formations) in Sullivan County, by or in Laporte? There is a trail that leads to them that is like that. Beautiful ride, and enough rocks/roots to make it "technical" ( idk, I'm new to riding. Not sure how technical things can get lol). Goes down to a creek with a great swim spot.

    A lot of times, if I'm short on daylight or time in general, I'll ride up Katy Jane, sit at the bench for a few minutes, then turn around to ride back down the way I came. That usually gives you enough time to recharge a bit.

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    best trails near Williamsport PA?-williamsportwaterauthority.jpg

    best trails near Williamsport PA?-544749d1274373342-williamsport-area-trail-info-wmwa.jpg

    Here's a map I found with the main loops people tend to use for MTB.

    The grey line I believe is the Water Authority Property, but don't hold me to that. The darker green line is the State Forest Property. It looks like they overlap, but its hard to tell.

    The light green lines are trails, red line is Hagerman Road. Hagerman goes straight into one of the exclusion areas which might be why its marked as private, now. Hard to tell.

    Either way, lots of land out there. You can probably ride just about any trail from the Water Authority Parking lot except Bluebird (Blue Area) and near/inside the "exclusion zone" around the Reservoirs. Those are the yellow areas on the map. I repeat, DO NOT ride in the yellow areas on the above map. They will be posted heavily and apparently are under surveillance.

    If you run into anyone out there in a truck with Water Authority (WMWA), stop and ask them if you're allowed to ride. If he says "no" ask him specifically what areas are allowed and not because I think the public believes most everywhere up there is open.
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    [QUOTE=PHeller;11128056



    Here's a map I found with the main loops people tend to use for MTB.[/QUOTE]

    That first map is interesting. I've had trouble finding maps of that land. Thanks

    and to anyone who is unfamiliar with the land; the map in the ammo box at the entrance has a lot more trails on it. I'll take a pic. of it soon and post it.

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    Went up to the Water company today. I enjoyed it, it wasn't real technical but it was about 6 1/2 miles and I went counter clockwise on Raccoon Trail. The downhill was great, almost 2 miles long and was doing about 30mph hitting the bumps that are every so often on the way down.

    When I finished I ran into a guy and he told me to go clockwise on Raccoon but go straight up remington road and there is a mile or so loop off of it that is all singletrack then go back down the long downhill. I will try it next time.

    Also, as a heads up there is a new trail blazed. I picked my bike up from the bike center and was talking to Devin, he said his dad and dcnr went over to blaze and clean it up. He said there is a 5 miles or something of downhill but if you go by yourself its 5 or 6 back up armstrong road. He said to park at the park across from the book store and ride south and cross over to Armstrong rd off 15. then just follow that and its marked where you cut off armstrong rd. I would love to do it but I don't know about a 6 mile uphill back to my car. It'd be better to have someone park on armstrong road over in muncy then drive back lol.

    Also, I grabbed a map of the water company and rider park just got to hook up my scanner.

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    Yea, Devon was telling me about that sanctioned DCNR trail. I'm supposed to go up there one of these days with him. I always do the raccoon trail clockwise, That's fun. Look for me next time you're out. I have a yellow/green bike and jersey. Going over to water authority now. if you happen to see this within the next ten minutes, come join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanLudgate View Post
    Yea, Devon was telling me about that sanctioned DCNR trail. I'm supposed to go up there one of these days with him. I always do the raccoon trail clockwise, That's fun. Look for me next time you're out. I have a yellow/green bike and jersey. Going over to water authority now. if you happen to see this within the next ten minutes, come join.
    Seen it but off to the in laws for dinner. We should get together some other time though and if anyone else wants to.

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    Last time I was at the water auth trails (last fall) the map had an orange trail marked on it up off of Racoon Mtn trail. Is that the trail you guys are saying is closed? Thought that was new.
    I'm trying to head over there this evening round 6 for a quick loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjamesguesswhat View Post
    Last time I was at the water auth trails (last fall) the map had an orange trail marked on it up off of Racoon Mtn trail. Is that the trail you guys are saying is closed? Thought that was new.
    No.

    The Trail that we are referring is the yellow "Schoolhouse Road Loop" that goes around the reservoir.

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    The only trail that was "closed" to MTB was the Bluebird Loop. Hively Road (red on map) is of questionable closure status.
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    Just got back from water company. Did remington road up to the 7 mile marker and did that loop and came back down. Love the downhill over there.

    My track..
    Remington Road to 7 mile loop back down | AllTrails.com

    and here is the trail map..
    http://i.imgur.com/Q6hRpYU.jpg

    You are pretty much stuck to Raccoon Mt Trail, Remington Rd, 7 mile loop and Pocowanache Trail. Bluebird is no bikes. Hively road didn't really have any signs that I seen that it was closed but as you can see Heller reservoir is off limits so I don't know. Somebody passed me at the 7 mile marker and he said you can go left around to raccoon from the 7 mile loop but the other day someone told me you would have to carry your bike so I don't know.

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    we must have just missed each other. I just a did quick run on the Racoon Mtn loop after work.
    That trail is all I've ridden over there. Is the Pocowanache trail or 7 mile singletrack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjamesguesswhat View Post
    we must have just missed each other. I just a did quick run on the Racoon Mtn loop after work.
    That trail is all I've ridden over there. Is the Pocowanache trail or 7 mile singletrack?
    I signed out 5.

    The lower half of the 7 mile is singketrack. I didn't ride the Poco trail yet but the older fellow I talked to the other day said it was real rocky but if I rode Katy Jane at rider park I should be fine.

    Out of curiosity how long did it take you to do raccoon trail, trying to see if I could keep up with people without holding themy up cause I'm getting bored riding by myself. I was able to climb to the 7 mile without stopping which really surprised me.

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    I dunno. Maybe 45 minutes?

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    Ok that's what it took the other day. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and I work til 7 Wednesday but I will probably go up thursday.

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    Here is an updated rider park trail map... boring day

    http://i.imgur.com/tG2ILF8.jpg

    Not sure how rideable some of those trails up top are.

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    Hey folks, there is a group working on getting the IMBA club set up locally. In the meantime, we anticipate doing some trail maintenance days in the DCNR areas off of Skyline and Armstrong. As soon as the paperwork gets sorted I'll post up the links. Or just ask Devon.

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    There's also a new IMBA chapter for Bald Eagle SF area. I joined that one cuz its the closest and I like to ride there. But I would join one here too...
    good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S. Teel View Post
    Hey folks, there is a group working on getting the IMBA club set up locally. In the meantime, we anticipate doing some trail maintenance days in the DCNR areas off of Skyline and Armstrong. As soon as the paperwork gets sorted I'll post up the links. Or just ask Devon.
    I would join up and definitely help out. I thought about the Bald Eagle one but they never ride when I am available.

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    I stopped at the bicycle center to order a clipless setup today and they said the paperwork went through for the IMBA chapter so things are moving now.

    Also, they are having a event at the South Williamsport Pool complex if anyone wants to go, he said its the 10th at noon. They had a teeter totter they built and some other log contraption. I will probably stop down, just depends on what the wife has planned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHOAA View Post
    they are having a event at the South Williamsport Pool complex if anyone wants to go, he said its the 10th at noon. They had a teeter totter they built and some other log contraption.
    What kind of event?

    Log contraption? like a trebuchet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjamesguesswhat View Post
    What kind of event?

    Log contraption? like a trebuchet?
    Bicycle and River Fest - May 10, 2014 | Susquehanna Greenway

    This..
    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/blog...a3d0bbcc07.jpg

    and something that looked like a ladder but the rungs were logs.

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    Going out to rider park tomorrow, meeting Brendan there, not sure if anyone else wants to go.

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    Me and BrendanLudgate are going to the water company at 5 if anyone wants to go ride.

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    Let's go!

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    Hope this helps anyone find a place to ride around here. It is a strava heatmap.

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    As a part of the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club/Mountain Bike group, we are putting plans in place to start mapping the local trails (other than Water Authority) so we can disseminate them to interested riders. At the current time, we're still waiting on IMBA to get our mountain bike page up and running, although you can find us here:

    SVVC - The Susquehanna Valley Velo Club Official Web Page

    And follow the forum here:

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    We're working on a calendar to schedule group rides---we want to meet more area riders and show people where to ride. Its all still in the works so bear with us!

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    Aaaaand FYI folks, feel free to follow this facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/theloyalsocktrailblazers

    We post rides here as well and we'd love to have you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S. Teel View Post
    Hey folks, there is a group working on getting the IMBA club set up locally. In the meantime, we anticipate doing some trail maintenance days in the DCNR areas off of Skyline and Armstrong. As soon as the paperwork gets sorted I'll post up the links. Or just ask Devon.
    I was just thinking about this. I'm new to South Williamsport, and just found the water company land. I took my puppy up to Skyline Trail, and we walked back 2 miles. I found a trail that cuts south. I was thinking of getting in touch w/ DCNR and cleaning it up. It would be an awesome downhill. Any deets on the IMBA club? Im down. Cory.

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    Club Members and Friends

    Wednesday, June 11 at 5:30pm we're hosting a social group mountain bike ride at the Williamsport Water Authority for a two-hour no-drop ride. Know someone who hasn't come on one of our rides lately? Bring 'em. Know any new riders that would like to meet other mountain bike enthusiasts in the Valley? Invite 'em. Have you been riding solo at WWA and are looking to meet some other riders? Come on out and cruise with us.

    This ride is part of the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club IMBA chapter recruitment effort to meet new area riders. Post-ride hangout is unplanned but possible with interest. Anyone with questions can send messages on the SVVC Forum (SuSValVelo Board), The Loyalsock Trailblazers Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/theloyalsocktrailblazers), or direct message me on the MTBR website.

    Hope to see lots of riders next Wednesday!

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    best trails near Williamsport PA?

    Just thought i would post a quick update on here. I finally got out to the water authority today and rode the raccoon loop twice. I rode up the gravel road first then cut right onto the trail, not sure if this is the right direction or not. It was all pretty smooth, nothing i would really consider single track but still fun. The fact that it is close to town is nice too. Maybe ill just ride my bike to the trails next time to get a few more miles in. Any suggestions for other trails to ride there? Can you keep riding up the gravel road and hit other trails?

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    Most of the time we ride up to seven mile post and loop around that silver dashed trail, then back down to raccoon and go around raccoon the trail the way you did. You can ride all the way up to that reserve if you need more miles. That loop that we do is about 10 miles.

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    best trails near Williamsport PA?

    Great to hear. I had to ride it twice to get about 11.5miles. Ill keep going next time. Maybe i can get out to that ride next week too.


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    Yea, I'm actually meeting some people at 6 if you need more miles lol.

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    I want to try and come to the ride mentioned above I am in bloomsburg do I just follow GPS for the water authority or is their a better place to get directions too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakylx View Post
    I want to try and come to the ride mentioned above I am in bloomsburg do I just follow GPS for the water authority or is their a better place to get directions too

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    We are doing skyline blue dot down to cathedral tomorrow at 8am ish if anyone wants to go.

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    I have been riding the Pocowahatchee (sp?) trail and then raccoon mtn. Both are best ridden clockwise. Poco is a bit more advanced than Raccoon Mtn if thats what your looking for, and it needs a little more traffic to keep it from getting overgrown, so get after it!

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    There is certainly more trail there than raccoon. Head past the 7 mile marker, and take the left Y onto Middleton road. There is another Y for Upper vs Lower, they both end up at the same place, (upper is certainly the grinder path since it's 90% uphill, but the down is fassst). You can go all the way around the reservoir from there, but the return trip gets a little question mark as far as which turn to make. I'm guessing this Wednesday group ride may clear some of that up, but I'll let Russell comment on that.

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    Sounds like I have some more exploring to do. This is good news.

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    I am moving to south Williamsport this week and I was excited to see all of the local trails.

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    best trails near Williamsport PA?

    Mrwhitney i would live to get out sometime. Let me know if you want to ride anytime.


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    Ok, I will let you know sometime

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    Hey, all. Let me know if anyone wants to ride. I go up to either Rider Park or WMWA 3-5 times per week. Hoping to meet people Wednesday.

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    check out the the Hopewell Park trails in Danville, they're opened to the public officially.

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    Anyone ride Black Gap lately? Conditions? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA View Post
    Anyone ride Black Gap lately? Conditions? Thanks!
    I was over in RB Winter on saturday. I did not ride Black Gap but judging by how wet the trails were that we rode, Black Gap is going to be a swamp about halfway across.

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    Thanks,

    I was in the area and almost rode it, figuring like you did lots of drainage going on everywhere so
    I passed...

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    Anyone know if it is even possible to connect from Elimsport Rd via PP&L Rd at the sub station climbing up the power lines(if even possible I can imagine it being steep at places) to Skyline drive? That would take me to the end of Skyline Drive near Summit trail, Hum ? Then? Many options! I can imagine a huge loop traveling behind the quarry.

    Another question: While traveling on Rt 554 I have noticed rock armored switchbacks climbing the mountain, I assume this was the old Stage road?

    Thanks for the help!

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    ^^ thanks for the PM

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    Update: I gotta say the scenery is great this time of year. Mosquito and Remington streams were flowing nicely and full. If ya love slippy, this is it. Between the moss and ice, yes most parts still frozen made for a fun time. Two wheel drifts on the Fat Bike are the king. Having wider tires just crushes the skinnys! Good training for my Fat Bike Ice Polo team... LOL

    The rain element existed on and off all day, but good clothing trumps that problem. More than 12 miles in all. Didn't see many others out enjoying the day! With all this said the master plan for my future camp in the Tiadaghton State Forest with rides in the watershed will make for a great weekend. A huge area between Rt880 and Rt15 is vast and many dirt roads exist. Reminds me of the Mackeyville Raceway days... "WAY BACK" in the... well you know the rest!

    Access form the top of Mountain Road, as far as a place to park and ride in from that direction. We did this many years back, but can't find the actual place we went in. An old friend lived on Mountain Rd and knew the neighbors and had access, but he has moved to Utah. Bear Pen Hollow from Pleasant Hill rd or at the end of Mountain Rd might be a no go, but there is always a way or trail.

    Go Bikepacking...
    ...it's like getting lost on purpose!

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    Glad to Hear It!

    Pleased to hear you enjoyed a taste of our local trails---our local IMBA Chapter looks forward to further development and improvement in the State Forest area. If you haven't followed us already, hop on over to https://www.facebook.com/svvc.imba and check us out!

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    S. Teel

    Thanks for the response

    A question:

    Heading out on the Green trail from the parking lot there is a small fairly new wooden foot bridge off to the right. I took that trail, but it dead ends roughly 50 feet in? It borders the restricted area.

    Future trail in progress?

    Thanks for all your club does and future work, I appreciate it greatly!

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    Not at this time. What you see is what they have at the moment. If you're looking for more singletrack and/or climbing, we recently cleaned up parts of the Bowers Fields lollipop and the Pocowanache trail has plenty of rocks. The gray paths near Poco are double track and also rideable.

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    S. Teel

    Heading out on the Green trail from the parking lot there is a small fairly new wooden foot bridge off to the right. I took that trail, but it dead ends roughly 50 feet in? It borders the restricted area.

    Future trail in progress?

    Thanks for all your club does and future work, I appreciate it greatly!

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