BicyclePA Routes

BicyclePA routes are statewide bike routes designed by experienced bicyclists. Few of these routes contain bike lanes or other facilities designed specifically for bicyclists. However, these routes offer a guide to some of the state’s highways and rail trails. BicyclePA users are expected to be licensed drivers or persons at least 16 years of age who have several years of road-bicycling experience.

Many options are also available in Pennsylvania’s Greenways, Rail Trails and State Parks. You can also visit ExplorePATrails.com, an easy-to-use resource provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that allows you to search online maps for trails, connect with other trail users, share trail descriptions and photos, and add your own trails. There are currently more than 200 trails in the database. Visit ExplorePAtrails.com.

Route Description
A The route stretches 199 miles from Erie, Pa. to Greene County, Pa., just north of Morgantown, W. Va.. The northern half is generally flat while the southern half is gently rolling to hilly. The northern terminus connects to BicyclePA Route Z and the Seaway Trail. View Map.
E Also known as the Pennsylvania segment of the East Coast Greenway, the current 52-mile long roadway-based version takes the cyclist through the heart of Philadelphia. It will be shifted gradually to off-road facilities as they are developed. It’s a convenient connection between Trenton, N.J. and Wilmington, Del. and connects with BicyclePA Route S along the Schuylkill Trail. View Map.
G The route connects Tioga County, Pa. and the Corning, N.Y. area in the north with Bedford County and the Cumberland, Md. area on the south. The 235-mile long course follows numerous northeast-southwest trending stream valleys and is surprisingly flat. It offers a convenient connection to New York State Bike Route 17 on the north and the C&O Canal Towpath and the Allegheny Passage on the south. A highlight is the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania in Tioga County. View Map.
J Coursing through the Susquehanna River Valley for approximately half of its 220 mile length, this relatively flat route is the only one to pass through the state capital at Harrisburg. Other notable towns along the route are Sayre, Towanda, Williamsport, Milton, Sunbury, Selinsgrove, and York. From York, the route uses the York Heritage Trail, a rail-trail that runs to the Maryland border and continues to the Baltimore suburbs as the North Central Trail. View Map.
L This route extends 225 miles from Susquehanna County in the north (just south of Binghamton, N.Y.) to Chester County in the south (just north of Wilmington, Del.). It passes close to the major metropolitan areas of Scranton, Allentown, and Philadelphia, while retaining all of the rural charm that characterizes Pennsylvania. View Map.
S The longest BicyclePA Route, it extends 435 miles from Washington County (east of Wheeling, W. Va.) to Washington Crossing Military Park on the Delaware River in Bucks County, and skirts the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, York, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. Part of the route includes 65 miles along the Youghiogheny River and Allegheny Highlands Rail-Trails through southwest Pennsylvania, a beautiful ride that saves thousands of vertical feet of steep climbing. A recently added attraction is the Pike-to-Bike Trail, an 8.5-mile long route option east of Breezewood. It incorporates an abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, including two tunnels totaling 2.0 miles in length. Bring your bicycle lights. View Map.
V Roughly paralleling Interstate 80, Route V traverses the verdant hills of central Pennsylvania and offers the most direct route across the state for those heading to the New York City metropolitan area. At 360 miles in length, it is also the shortest east-west crossing. The route passes close to the towns of New Castle, Grove City, Brookville, Dubois, Clearfield, Bellefonte, Lewisburg, Hazleton, and East Stroudsburg. View Map.
Y The second longest route at 409 miles, it generally follows U.S. Route 6 through the deep forests of northern Pennsylvania. It offers access to Routes A and Z in the west and Route L in the east. It’s often the choice for people cycling between Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, or Chicago and the New York metropolitan area. View Map.
Z The shortest BicyclePA route, it follows the Lake Erie shoreline for 46 miles, using mostly Route 5. Connecting New York’s Seaway Trail southeasterly to the Ohio border, it offers easy access to downtown Erie and Presque Isle State Park, which annually is the most visited state park in the nation. View Map.