The Schuylkill River Trail was recently named the #1 urban bike trail in America, and for good reason. This 26 mile trail takes you through the beautiful scenic views of Philadelphia, including the newly opened boardwalk section, right on up to Valley Forge and Beyond. With a multitude of places to stop and eat or meander (we recommend the Manayunk Brewing Company) through the vibrant suburbs this trail offers something for everyone. Check out http://www.schuylkillriver.org for more information.
Jim Thorpe is a favorite destination spot of everyone in the shop. This quaint town is located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains and offers an abundance of ways to enjoy the fall colors. You can rent bikes in town, and arrange shuttle services for the most popular trail, the Lehigh Gorge Trail. The Lehigh Gorge Trail is a 26 mile flat, crushed limestone and paved trail that winds along the Lehigh River and railroad surrounded by the mountains and fall leaves. This ride is perfect for families, and bikers of all types.
Jim Thorpe also offers plenty of mountain bike trails for everyone from beginners to experts. A lot of single track is built up along the sides of the Lehigh Gorge Trail, perfect for practicing your skills. The shop’s favorite though, is the Switchback, a trail converted from an old gravity railroad. This trail imperceptibly takes you up to the peak of Mt. Pisgah, where you can stop for a picnic lunch and take in the breath taking views of the valley and river below.
Check out http://www.jimthorpe.org/ and http://www.poconobiking.com for places to stay, and info on the trails. For accomodations, we reccomend the Inn at Jim Thorpe, which offers rooms with balconies over looking the quiet main street of town, and an adjoining restaurant.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is a hard-packed trail best suited for hybrid or mountain bikes that runs for 70+ miles along the Raritan Canal. Our favorite place to ride this incredible trail is by parking at Washington’s Crossing, and taking the 7 mile trip up to Lambertville. From there, you can continue north on the Jersey side of the canal, or switch over to the D&L path on the Pennsylvania side in New Hope. No matter what your choice, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous scenery, stone arches, lock houses, and 19th century bridges. Check out http://www.dandrcanal.com/ for more information.