Whether you’re riding in a group, or you’re an army of one, this is a great trip. This route will take you through all kinds of historical places, full of proud people who have stories to tell. And, if you’re looking to log some miles, you can take the Grand Army of the Republic Highway clear across the state.
PA Route 6 crosses the northern part of Pennsylvania. It can be reached from the east at the town of Milford, PA, and at the western boundary of Pennsylvania, from the town of Pennline, PA.
Over the hills and through the woods, through the heart of Pennsylvania you’ll go. This route takes you through not one, but two state forests. There’s not much traffic, but there are plenty of twists and turns. Stop in the old railroad town of Renovo to gas up and grab a bite to eat along the way.
Pick up PA Route 144 from the north along US 6 in Galeton, PA, or from the south along PA Route 53 in Moshannon, PA (just off I-80 near exit 147).
Enjoy a leisurely ride and amazing scenery. This route will take you through Presque Isle State Park, which is located on a peninsula that stretches about 9 miles out into Lake Erie. The speed limit is lower on this route, so be sure to take it easy.
This route starts at the intersection of 12th St. and Peninsula Dr. in Erie, PA. Just follow Peninsula Dr. north onto and around Presque Isle. The road eventually circles back to the starting point.
Get your kicks on Route 666. This route will take you through the heart of the Allegheny National Forest. You won’t see many people, but you will see a lot of Mother Nature. There are also lots of banked turns and elevation changes that make for fun riding, if you’re careful.
Start just south of Warren, PA in the burrow of East Hickory. From East Hickory, head east on PA Route 666 all the way through Kingsley, Howe, and end at Barnes and the junction of Route 666 and PA Route 948.
The sign says “Winding Road Next 10.5 Miles”. And, it ain’t kidding. This is a windy stretch of road, but a fun one too, with lots of tight turns and incredible views. Make sure you fill up your tank (and your stomach) in the town of Emporium, because you won’t see much after that.
The road starts and ends on PA Route 120. You can start at either end. For example, you can start in the town of Emporium, PA and head south out of town on State Route 3001 and follow it all the way as it zigs and zags and ends up running back into Route 120.
This is a route for riders who enjoy solitude and are happy not to see many cars along the way. It takes you through farmland and woods, and there are plenty of twists and turns and uphill and downhill riding, so stay sharp. A perfect ride in the fall.
It's easier to start from Everett, PA and take PA Route 26 South. It winds through a section of Buchanan State Forest. Watch for one or two junctions with other smaller roads and be careful of the last few miles before the Maryland border as the road surface changes abruptly, and you'll need to reduce your speed.
The Loop is a favorite of local sport bikers. But, it’s also fun to slow down and enjoy the scenery through the Brandywine Valley. Along the way, you’ll pass through towns like Kennett Square and Chadds Ford, where you’ll find plenty of cool places to stop, if you feel like it. You’ll cross over the Pennsylvania/Delaware border a couple times during this route.
The start and finish to the Loop is basically at the intersection of PA Route 100 and Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. Start heading south on PA Route 100 (South Creek Rd) alongside the cedar roofed shopping center, where riders sometimes gather on weekends. Follow Route 100S for a few miles. When you come to Wilmington Country club, make a right and head west on PA Route 82 (Kirk Rd). You will ride on Route 82W for some time. After you pass through Kennett Square, a few miles up you will come to PA Route 926. Make a right onto Route 926E. Pay attention for Route 100S signs again and follow Route 100S back to where you started.
Starting north from Yardley, this route takes you along the scenic eastern edge of Pennsylvania, and through the quaint towns that dot the area. If you’re not into antiques or stone farmhouses, you’ll still enjoy the incredible views of the Delaware that dominate most of the ride.
Start your route in Yardley, PA and go north on PA Route 32 through New Hope, PA. Continue heading north while following the turns of the Delaware River. Shortly after you pass through Upper Black Eddy and Narrowsville, Route 32 will run into PA Route 611. Take Route 611 north for your last nine 9 miles until you reach Portland and the conclusion of this approximate 50-mile route.
If you like to sit back and take in the scenery, this is one of the nicest rides in the Harrisburg area. This route takes you through a nature preserve, over a mountain and along a river, so there’s plenty to see. The road is pretty straight, so you can cruise along and take it easy.
The directions couldn't be much easier. Just start your route in Breezewood, PA and take US 30 (Lincoln Highway) all the way to Chambersburg, PA.
This long loop takes you through the countryside just west of Harrisburg. You’ll see plenty of farmland, mountains, and scenic streams. It also takes you through a number of small towns where you’ll find fuel and places to grab a bite to eat.
Take PA Route 944 from Enola, cross I-81 and turn right onto Lamb's Gap Rd. Turn left onto PA Route 850. Follow Route 850 to PA Route 74 and turn right. Pass through Ickesburg and turn left onto PA Route 75. Pick up Route 850 again and turn right. Route 850 will end at PA Route 35. Turn right to stay on Route 35. Turn right again on PA Route 333, towards Port Royal. Stay on Route 333 all the way to Thompsontown. Instead of getting on US 322 at the first spot available, keep going - the road ends as a ramp onto 322E. Get off at the NEXT exit, PA Route 17. Turn right and follow the Juniata down to Newport. At Newport, turn right onto PA Route 34S. Turn left onto PA Route 849 and follow it down to Duncannon. At the stop sign, turn right and head into downtown Duncannon. Run on through town to US 11/15S back to Enola, Wormleysburg, Lemoyne, New Cumberland.
Take a ride through the Laurel Hills area of the Allegheny Mountains, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The route switches gears between twisting mountain riding and rolling farm country cruising. You’ll get views of the white waters of the Youghiogheny River, forests and farmlands as far as you can see…not to mention some really cool stops along the way, if you feel like stopping somewhere.
Start your route in Donegal, PA, which is located about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. From here head south on PA Routes 381/711 through the towns of Indian Head, Normalville, and Farmington. From there take US 40E till you get to PA Route 281, which you want to take north up to Somerset. From Somerset you take PA Route 31E and pass the towns of Roxbury, West End and Manns Choice. Route 31 will merge into US 30. Continue on 30E into Bedford. Leave Bedford by heading back west on US 30 and stay on PA Route 31 through the towns of Schellsburg, Stoystown, and Ligonier. Then complete the route by taking PA Route 711S towards I-70/76 and your starting point in Donegal, PA.
If you want to check out some of the old coal mining towns of Pennsylvania, this is the route for you. This loop is generally easy riding, with lots of interesting places to stop and incredible views of Blue Mountain as you ride. Plus, plenty of places to grab a bite and fuel up.
Starting in Allentown, PA take US 22W to PA Route 309N. Follow 309N to just north of Tamaqua. Make a left onto PA Route 54 and follow it through several coal mining towns to Ashland. After riding through the Pioneer tunnel, a unique coal mine tour, head back on Route 54 to PA Route 61S. Follow this through many towns and continue to Hamburg. Make a left into town then make a right on State St. (Old 22). Follow Old 22, which turns into Tilghman St., all the way back.