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Williamsport Rides

Williamsport is the gateway to the Susquehanna Valley and the Allegheny National Forest. There is high ground and great riding in all directions. The Little League World Series complex is currently based in South Williamsport and the Series itself is held in August.

 

In the late 19th century Williamsport was known as "The Lumber Capital of the World" because of its thriving lumber industry.  Williamsport once had more millionaires per-capita than anywhere else in the world. For this reason, the area's local high school, the Williamsport Area High School, uses "Millionaires" as its team nickname.

 

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Western Twists

Northwest Pennsylvania has some of the best roads and views in the Keystone State. Route 973 and Route 44 are great motorcycle roads. Route 144 (video) (map) is perhaps the top twisty road in Pennsylvania. Route 477 and Route 554 nice curvy roads south of Williamsport.

 

 

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 260.5 mile ride features Route 973 and great twists on Route 44. The ride continues on fantastic Route 144 (video) (map) which may be the top twisty road in Pennsylvania. The ride finishes with curvy Route 477 and Route 554 south of Williamsport. (approx 6 1/2 hours without stops).

 

Lunch at the Subway in Snow Shoe.

 

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Elks Ride

The Elk is a majestic animal at home in Pennsylvania's western hills. Route 120 leads to Hyner Mountain Road and Hyner View State Park & its scenic lookout (photo). Visit the Elk Country Visitor's Center. Ride Wycoff Run Road, Kettle Creek, Route 144, and Route 664 back to Williamsport.

 

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 263 mile ride follows scenic Route 120 west to Hyner Mountain Road, Hyner View State Park & its scenic lookout (photo). Then it is on to visit the majestic elks at the Elk Country Visitor's Center (photo). Next is some of the best twisties in the State on Wycoff Run Road. Ride through Kettle Creek Park and along the river on Route 120. Finally ride Route 664 and Route 973 back to Williamsport. (approx 6 3/4 hours without stops).

Lunch is a picnic in Kettle Creek State Park. Pick up food at the Benzette Hotel Restaurant (call ahead at 814-787-4240 - it opens at 11:00) and ride one hour to the park. Enjoy your feast with a great water view! Park admission is free and it has a picnic area, grills, and restrooms.

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GPX1 (part 1 - 108 miles)

GPX2 (part 2 - 155 miles)

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High Knob

 

World's End State Park & High Knob Overlook (photo) and Leonard Harrison State Park which features the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (photo) are 2 highlights of this ride. Route 87 and Route 154 are great riding roads. The Forksville General Store beside the Forksville Covered Bridge is a popular motorcycle destination.

 

 

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 243 mile ride follows curvy Route 87 to Forksville General Store (photo) beside the Forksville Covered Bridge (photo). Make sure you walk behind the store for a great view of the river and the bridge (photo). Route 154, is a great ride as it follows Loyalsock Creek through Loyalsock Canyon to World's End State Park and the High Knob Overlook (photo). Route 154 is an awesome curvy ride all the way up to lunch in Canton. Next is a nice ride on Route 414 with a detour to Leonard Harrison State Park and its Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (photo). The route continues on Route 414 along Pine Creek to Wolfe's General Store in Slate Run. Next comes some great riding on Route 44 and Route 973 back to Williamsport. (approx 6 hours without stops).

Lunch is at the Warrior Lounge in Canton.

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GPX1 (part 1 - 106 miles)

GPX2 (part 2 - 137 miles)

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SE Coal Country

 

Pennsylvania's Coal Country. Highlights include Route 554, Route 125, and Route 339.

Pennsylvania's Coal Region has a rich heritage of coal mining and is, in fact, home to the largest deposits of anthracite coal in North and South America. Centralia is a borough and a near ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 10 in 2010, as a result of the Centralia mine fire burning beneath the borough since 1962.

 

 

 

Ride - This 224 mile ride visits Pennsylvania's Coal Country. Great roads include Route 554,  Route 125, and Route 339. Visit the town of Centralia that has been burning since 1962!  (approx 6 hours without stops).

 

Lunch is at Francesco's Restaurant (review) in Shenendoah.

 

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Nittany Country

State College is home to Penn State University. Also known as Happy Valley, the region is often picked as a great place to live. The Penn State Creamery is known as a premier ice cream stop. Route 554 is a great twisty close to Williamsport.

Ride - This 213 mile ride takes some nice twisty roads over to the Penn State Creamery for lunch and some great ice cream. The ride then follows some more scenic and curvy roads including Route 554 back to Williamsport. (approx 6 hours without stops).

Lunch at the Penn State Berkey Creamery (review) in State College.

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Kinzua Bridge

Kinzua Bridge State Park offers visitors a chance to walk the Kinzua Bridge skywalk. The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.

Ride - This 294 mile ride follows scenic Route 120 and Route 46 to Kinzua Bridge State Park. Walk the viaduct and then take Route 6 to lunch in Coudersport. Continue oh great Route 44 and Route 144 for a quick stop at the Germania Store. Take some fun, twisty roads to Little Pine State Park. Finish with Route 184 and some backroads to Williamsport. (approx 7 1/4 hours without stops).

Lunch at Olga's Cafe & Bistro in Coudersport.