Raystown South Loop
ElevationAscent: 803' 245 m
Descent: -789' -240 m
High: 1,300' 396 m
Low: 984' 300 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Adventure and solitude through the dense forest that includes big climbs, fast descents.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
It's possible to ride this as a point-to-point shuttle from the Baker's Hollow lot on Stony and ending at the Seven Points Marina near the new Skills Park from Vee Cee.
Raystown Lake is very developed for recreation and has camping, picnic and boating facilities. There are a few places to get general provisions, but for the most part, gas, food and lodging are found in the nearby town of Huntingdon.
The trail crosses a bridge and then steadily climbs and contours around to an intersection with Shade and Barrel Bay. Stay right for the outbound leg of the ride.
Shade starts out with a brief climb and then continues rolling through moderately dense forest with pockets of open areas. The end of this trail pops out onto a road - take a quick left and then quick right to get to the intersection with Allegheny.
Allegheny is at the far southern end of the Raystown South Loop. It has a real backcountry feel with climbs and descents throughout thick forest. You'll feel like you're in a jungle at times as the lush vegetation closes in around you.
From the intersection with Dirt Surfer and Shade stay right. To start, Allegheny has a steep-ish but short climb before a fast and enjoyable descent to a road crossing. From there the downhill continues as it contours around steep hillsides. If you take a moment to check out the hillside below, you might notice how high up you are. At some points you'll feel like you're riding through the tree canopy.
There's one punchy climb and short descent before reaching the far end of the trail where it meets a junction with Dirt Surfer and Barrel Bay. Stay right to continue the ride on Barrel Bay.
Barrel Bay is the final long run of singletrack and is the inbound leg on the Raystown South Loop. It connects back to Dark Hollow.
Keep your eyes peeled about 0.6 miles into the route - great views are available to your right as you pass through a break in the forest.
Similar to Allegheny, Barrel Bay has tight singletrack through the forest. The vegetation isn't quite as lush but the trail is just as fun. It starts with a quick descent followed by a short, steep climb. From there it's a more than enjoyable cruise back towards Dark Hollow where you'll retrace the route back to the trailhead on Seven Points Rd.