Mountain biking in Harrisburg

Mountain biking in Harrisburg

Not so long ago, if talking about mountain biking, Harrisburg was not the place that would immediately come to mind. However, fast forward to today and everything has changed after the introduction of the Parkway Trail System – a 10-mile natural surface trail that was built by the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association. Thanks to their efforts, Harrisburg has now joined other elite ranking cities and destinations in the USA on the must-visit destination list of keen mountain bikers.

But that is not everything about Harrisburg.

To the north-east of the city, around a 1 hour drive from the central town, lie the trails of Rattling Creek – one of IMBA's accredited EPIC Rides – usually known as “the labor of love of Keith Whitcomb”. This trail system is nothing but extraordinary - a network of flowy trails and countless rock gardens that will give you endless fun on the singletrack.

Don’t take our word for it. Come and ride the trails yourself!

Photo credit: Hero image from MTB Project

When to go

Harrisburg is suitable for vacation all year round, but the best time to visit is summer. Tourism peaks in the early summer, so the cost of rental accommodation will be high. We recommend traveling in the mid-summer when temperatures are hot but the lodging rates are more affordable.

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Where to ride

Road rides

Apart from brilliant singletracks, Harrisburg also offers great road rides for cycling lovers in general or mountain biking enthusiasts who want a change of air. 

Where to stay

Where to eat and drink

Bike stores and rentals

Key attractions, events and other points of interest

Oftentimes, Harrisburg seems like an invisible city between the splendor of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which means people often don’t know what they have missed in the capital city of Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg offers visitors a wide choice of recreation activities. There are so many things, so many places to visit, explore and learn about the city. You can take a tour around the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, or Pennsylvania State Capitol. Or spend the morning with your family at The National Civil War Museum and State Museum of Pennsylvania. For those who love music, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is the activity for you. But if the key institutions aren't your thing, a walk through one of the parks in the city is perfect for you.

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