When it comes to outdoor adventure, you can’t top the Pocono Mountains. With 67,000 acres and trails for all different skill levels to choose from, what are you waiting for? Gear up for some great Pocono biking.
We’ve broken down cycling based on skill-level, from beginner to expert. Whether you're renting wheels from local outfitters or bringing your own bike, grab your helmet, head to the parks and trails below and start pedaling!
1. For Beginner Cyclists
If you’re still getting the hang of things or biking for the first time, Promised Land State Park offers six and a half miles of paved roads perfect for a smooth and simple ride. Take in the beauty of the park as you spin around Promised Land Lake. Use caution and keep an eye out, as riders do share the road with vehicles.
Insider Tip: Ready to step it up a notch? Promised Land State Park permits mountain biking on designated trails only within Delaware State Forest.
2. For Moderate Explorers
The Switchback Railroad Trail is one of the most historic trails in Pennsylvania's Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The 18-mile, hard-packed dirt path offers adventure for both bikers and hikers alike. Trace your way through Mauch Chunk Lake Park and along the outskirts of Jim Thorpe.
Insider Tip: Biking downhill towards Jim Thorpe is the easier way to navigate the trail; taking the grade in reverse is more challenging.
3. For Adventure Seekers
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor runs throughout Pennsylvania, with roughly 26 miles winding through the Poconos from White Haven to Jim Thorpe. You can always take on different sections of the Corridor for shorter rides. One of the most stunning stretches is where the D&L Rail Trail carves its way through the scenic Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Insider Tip: Pocono Biking and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offer a bike train select dates May through November! Bring your own wheels or book a train ticket that includes a Trek bike rental. Hop aboard in Jim Thorpe and relax during the hour-long journey, then pedal the 26 miles from White Haven back to Jim Thorpe at your own pace.
4. For Experienced Riders
The McDade Recreational Trail runs 32 miles throughout the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. From vertical drops to flat straightaways, this challenging, packed gravel path runs along the beautiful Delaware River. Bring your own bike or rent one through Edge of the Woods Outfitters – the only bike rentals in the DWGNRA.
Insider Tip: Mountain and hybrid bikes are recommended; bring an extra inflatable tire along for the ride.
5. For Mountain Bikers
Ready for an extreme ride? Feel like a BMX pro at Blue Mountain Bike Park. Experience the downhill thrills at Pennsylvania’s highest vertical. Bring your own full suspension bike or rent one on-site to conquer the varied terrain across 25 trails. Once you reach the bottom, a lift service is waiting to take you back to the top, so you can crush the mountain again and again.
Insider Tip: Sorry newbies, all riders must have previous mountain biking experience.
6. Poconos Biking Map
Ready to set off on your cycling adventure? Use the below map to plot out your route in advance or look here for more park resources.