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Western Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains offer miles of scenic bike trails, rail trail biking tours and downhill mountain bike excitement!

Biking on the Great Allegheny Passage, Ohiopyle

The Ohiopyle region in the Laurel Highlands, PA, famous for being a cyclist's paradise, attracts riders of all ages and abilities who come to bike the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail consists of over 150 miles of converted rail lines that are opened only to non-motorized vehicles. The GAP connects to the C & O Canal Towpath at Cumberland, Maryland, all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., totaling over 330 miles of unforgettable biking.

Others take in the scenic beauty of riding through the many state parks in the Laurel Highlands and the Ohiopyle region. Mountain bike trails are well marked, and there are options for every skill level. There are many bike tour companies and equipment rental shops in the area that will provide shuttle service to favorite bike trail destinations, and some will take you and your group on a guided tour of some of the best places to ride in Pennsylvania.

But if you're really looking for a thrill, buckle your chinstrap, and head over to Seven Springs Mountain Resort. During the spring, summer, and fall, the mountain is converted from a winter ski resort to an adrenaline junkie's playground. 

Great Allegheny Passage High BridgeThe Great Allegheny Passage: Over 150 Miles of Pristine Rail Trail Biking in Pennsylvania

  • Consists of over 150 miles of converted rail lines
  • Connects to the C & O Canal Towpath, totaling over 330 miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.
  • Gentle biking; not much more than a 1% incline
  • Trail Towns along the way make a weekend bike tour unforgettable
  • Guided tours and shuttle services available

Scenic Mountain Bike Tours throughout the Laurel Highlands

Great Allegheny Passage

 Ohiopyle State Park

  • Countless mountain biking trails across eight PA State Parks throughout the region
  • Bike rentals and equipment shops service every experience level
  • Tour companies and rental shops offer guided biking tours and shuttle service
  • A new 1 mile loop, Canyon's Edge trail, perfect for intermediate riders. This trail connects to the Sugarloaf Trail off of Sugarloaf Road and offers riders the chance to experience new challenges. 
Seven Springs Mountain Biking

Downhill Mountain Bike Park at Seven Springs Mountain Resort

  • 11 downhill trails serviced by chair lifts
  • Trails packed full of berms, banks, rock gardens, drops, ladder bridges, table tops,  boxes, fall line sections and 20+ foot jumps.
  • Season passes available
  • On-site equipment rentals
  • Resort lodging is available

Forbes State Forest Mountain Bike Trails

The Laurel Mountain Trails, located within both Westmoreland and Somerset counties, is a popular destination for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers. The overlapping/looping trail system allows for customizable short and long rides. All trails and roads are open to the public for mountain biking, with the exception of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. These rocky, intermediate and advanced level trails require at least average technical riding skills but mostly stay on the ridge top where there is not much elevation gain or loss. Popular mountain bike trails for advanced skill-levels include: Outcrop Trail, Silvermine Trail, Rocky Gap Trail, Hobblebush Trail, and Hemlock  All trails are clearly marked, and the view at Wolf's Rock is suggested as the place for a break. For a beginner-level ride, forest roads and less-technical trails are suggested.

Another mountain biking destination within Forbes is the Quebec Run Wild Area, in Fayette County. This area consists of single-track trails that wind through lush riparian areas and dry slopes. These trails are recommended for intermediate to advanced skill-levels due to the technical terrain and steep uphill climbs/downhill descents. Roughly 20 miles of loop trails provides riders with a variety of route options.

Select trails are open to biking in the Roaring Run area, east of Fire Tower Road. 

Please avoid biking when the trails are wet - this will help to prevent trail damage and erosion. Biking is prohibited in Mt. Davis Natural Areas.