Bike Trails in Cumberland Valley
April 19, 2016
Now that spring weather has FINALLY arrived in Cumberland Valley, it's time to get out and enjoy all of the beautiful outdoor activities found in the Valley. You already know about our scenic hiking, legendary fishing, fresh farm markets and robust garden centers, but did you know we have great biking in the Valley too?
Biking in Cumberland Valley ranges in scenery and skill level. From leisurely creek-side paths to strenuous forest trails, there are a variety of biking options that stretch from short trails to all-day cycles. Find a few resident favorites below.
Carlisle Borough Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail Network
Get around tree-lined Carlisle following the 13.8 mile on-road Carlisle Borough Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail Network. Follow the green bike route signs and sharrow road markings on-street and venture into the park and trail system that includes Forbes Path, Valley Meadows and Dickinson Park. This route is perfect if you want to get a little shopping done, as it takes cyclists past boutique shops and gift stores.
Cumberland County Biker-Hiker Trail
The 2-mile Cumberland County Biker-Hiker Trail connects Laurel and Fuller Lakes in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Pack a bathing suit to cool off with a swim and follow up with a lake-side picnic. The on-site general store is a great place to stop for ice cream.
Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
The family-favorite Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a 9.5-mile rail trail stretching from Shippensburg to Newville. Roll through scenic farmland and admire the sweeping views. Watch for interpretive signage and wild berry bushes!
LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail
The LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail is an easy 2-mile trail following an abandoned railroad line and winding along famous LeTort Spring Run. The wooded landscape and slow moving creek feels a world away, even though it's located in downtown Carlisle. Plan to begin and end in LeTort Park, where the kids can feed the ducks, play on the castle playground or frolic in the splash pad.
Mountain bikers will love traversing the 4-mile trail around Opossum Lake. Steep climbs, bumpy trails and small bridges make this trail a true challenge, or opt to pedal around the lake on the road for an easier experience. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the view from the dam. Other mountain biking experiences can be found in Michaux State Forest and Tuscarora State Forest.
If you're looking for a longer ride, check out our on-road biking options. Pick your ride, varying from 10-50 miles long, and download the cue sheet for turn-by-turn directions. Explore rolling back roads dotted with cornstalks or cruise through suburban centers and follow the Susquehanna River.