Cumberland Valley is a cyclist's dream with miles of trails along scenic roads, rail trails, and mountain paths. The Valley and its towns are very bike-friendly and our rolling hills and landscapes offer nice ride options to connect from one town to another. A great place to get started is by viewing all our routes with cue sheets and directions.
This area is also developing as a brewery and brewpub destination, with new local hotspots popping up all the time. For a full brewery experience follow the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. For a unique experience plan a getaway filled with enjoyable cycling and tastings of our local brews.
Cycling: Start your bikes and brews adventure in Shippensburg. This historic town has one of the trailheads to the 13-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail that runs from Newville to Shippensburg. This designated National Recreation Trail is great for wildlife and history enthusiasts as well. Interpretive signage details the agricultural and Civil War significance of the area, while the farmland allows for gazing at rolling hills and wildlife.
HINT: Merv's Bike Shop in Shippensburg offers daily and weekly bike rentals. They can also assist with your bike maintenance needs.
Brews: Plan an out-and-back ride to finish in Shippensburg and check out these local favorites for a cold one.
- CJ's American Pub & Grill - This pub serves up classic favorites like burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. They also have a variety of beers on tap.
- Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar - This local chain keeps growing for a reason. Besides a menu of wings, pizzas, sandwiches and much more, Arooga's bar area also features a variety of beer options including happy hour specials and growlers to go.
- Appalachian Brewing Company - Choose from a selection of seasonal and craft beer, plus more than 20 ABC beers on tap daily. Local favorites include the Trail Blaze Maple Brown Ale, the Hoppy Trails IPA and the Chocolate Avenue Stout. They also have a creative menu of burgers, pizzas, steaks and more.
Cycling: Carlisle made the move to a bike-friendly town a few years ago by adding bike lanes and signage throughout the downtown. Enjoy a ride through this charming town by following the Carlisle Bike & Pedestrian Trail. You'll roll past restaurants, shops, galleries, historic sites, and beautiful architecture.
HINT: Cole's Bicycles in Carlisle sells a number of accessories and can assist with maintenance or repairs.
Brews: Carlisle is also known for its great hangouts and brewpubs.
- Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. - This taproom offers a collection of crafted brews such as Olde Graveyard, an Espresso Stout brewed with local Denim Coffee Company espresso, as well as the recent addition of a refreshing hard seltzer.
- Cafe Bruges - Enjoy a taste of Belgium at this cafe that offers traditional dishes and a huge selection of Belgian beer.
- Market Cross Pub & Brewery - This Carlisle staple features a large beer list including an assortment of beers brewed on-site. They also offer a menu of American and British classics.
Cycling: We have three planned routes that allow for easy biking that start in the town of Mechanicsburg. Take the route from Mechanicsburg to Boiling Springs for a leisurely ride on scenic roads, the Mechanicsburg to McCormick Road Loop includes rural roads and a few steady climbs, and the Mechanicsburg North Loop will take you past views of mountains and creeks.
Brews: After a day of biking the quiet roads leading to and from Mechanicsburg, settle in for a brew at one of the following.
- Appalachian Brewing Company - The menu and drinks are similar to the Shippensburg location but with the addition of their on-site 15-barrel brewing system, which is second in size to only their main Harrisburg location. The Mechanicsburg site also houses ABC's "Soda Works" -- the manufacturing and bottling facility for their popular line of sodas. Soda Works Factory Tours are open to the public.
- T.J. Rockwells - This local favorite is a little hidden but once you find it you'll keep going back. They have an extensive draft list, more than 60 bottled beers, and a menu offering pub favorites. Join the "mug club" to have your special beer mug waiting for you every time you visit.
- Cold Springs Inn Brewing Company - Located only three miles from T.J. Rockwell's, Cold Springs takes full advantage of its scenic location along the Yellow Breeches Creek with a large outdoor deck where you can their craft beer, wine, and spirits.
Cycling: Take a long ride from Carlisle through the West Shore Communities and into Harrisburg. Although this ride is along a busier road, it will lead you right past lots of great places to stop and check out including shops and restaurants. You can also enjoy a residential ride leading you through two parks and busier streets from Camp Hill to New Cumberland.
HINT: Holmes Cycling in Camp Hill offers repairs as well as bike rentals and accessories.
Brews: Relax after these rides with a brew on the West Shore area of Cumberland Valley.
- Al's of Hampden - Home to great pizza and the Pizza Boy Brewing Company, Al's in Enola has over 100 beers on tap. You're sure to find a new favorite at this spot.
- Brewhouse Grille - Brewhouse in Camp Hill features a variety of bottled beer and beer on tap along with a menu full of American favorites. Enjoy a cold one at the outdoor bar and deck area.
Plan Your Getaway
With all these great riding options and breweries to check out, you'll want to stay the whole weekend. Browse our collection of hotels and B&Bs.
Once you're in town, stop by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center in downtown Carlisle for maps, brochures, and recommendations of things to see and do.