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Parkway Trail System

 7 votes

12.5 Miles 20.1 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

522' 159 m

Ascent

-522' -159 m

Descent

460' 140 m

High

309' 94 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Unknown

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A flowing series of singletracks loaded with interesting features through a wooded ravine in the city center.

Larry Boyler

Overview

The trail surface is dirt not rocks, making for a flowing, IMBA-type singletrack through jungle-like forest in the middle of Pennsylvania's capital city. There are taverns at the start and middle of the trail. Overall, a very unique and unusual ride.
Family Friendly: No long climbs and a level paved bike trail always close by.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There is a crossing on a concrete "ford" that is very shallow (when I rode it), but slippery. It can be bypassed on the greenway bike path.

Description

The packed dirt trail bed is smooth and flowing with many tight berms and some off-camber corners. Expect short steep climbs and descents, log piles, and other interesting features including a paved ford.

Occasionally, it is necessary to pop out of the wooded ravine into the city to cross a major street. Other places you're 100 feet up, clinging to the 12 inch tread at the top of the ravine wall. The paved Greenbelt bike trail runs through the system like a spine and provides an easy bailout everywhere.

Maps of the entire paved trail which loops all the way around the city are downloadable at CSGA.org, but they do not show the singletrack. They do show available parking. There are additional segments of singletrack not shown on the MTB map and more trail under construction.

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Bryan Sell
Mechanicsburg, PA
Bryan Sell   Mechanicsburg, PA
This is actually a series of trails collectively called the Parkway Trails, which were recently installed by the Susquehanna Mountain Bike Association. They are marked with signage and have maps showing such at a few kiosks. I have all of the GPS tracks and names if you would to use them; otherwise, I'd suggest taking this post down and properly posting the trails. May 2, 2017
Hey Bryan, I was actually waiting for a trail map from Pedal Pusher bike shop, but if you could send those .GPX tracks to me (zander@mtbproject.com), I'd be happy to get them up on the site. We can turn this complete route into a Featured Ride and have your tracks as the underlying trails. Thanks for getting after this one! Best, Zander May 3, 2017
I'm just happy to see something happen here. Most of my childhood was spent building bmx trails starting at the sewer cap at the ball park bridge. We also started some above the road from there near the steps. I'm looking forward to taking the mtb there soon. Aug 20, 2017

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