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!
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.
- 100 Lower Lake Road
- (570) 676-3428
Mountain biking is permitted on designated trails only within Delaware State Forest. Riders share the road on the 6.5-mile paved road around Promised Land Lake, Lower Lake Road and in the park’s six campgrounds. Children age 12 and under…
- High-Line Road
- (570) 895-4000
Break out your bike! The Delaware State Forest features over 100 miles of trails. Mountain bikes may be used on all roads and most trails in the Delaware State Forest. Natural areas and the Thunder Swamp Trail system are closed to this…
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.
- PO Box 73
- (570) 325-8255
It traces the route of the historic Switchback Gravity Railroad Trail, an 18-mile round trip through countryside once called "The Switzerland of America." It offers enjoyable outings for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers.
- 625 Lentz Trail
- (570) 325-3669
Visiting Jim Thorpe? Be sure to bike at Mauch Chunk Lake Park! Biking trails include the Switchback Trail, Shoreline Trail, Fireline Trail and the Woods Trail.
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.
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.
- River Road
- (570) 426-2435
Updated: Limited services available. Visit responsibly - Most park trails and boat launches are open, but some restrooms are closed and services are limited. Law enforcement is on duty. All park regulations apply including a mask mandate…
- 129 Main Street
- (570) 421-6681
Edge of the Woods Outfitters had the first bike rental program in the area. Rent mountain bikes on the scenic Joseph McDade Trail, located in the National Park and just minutes away from the shop. The most popular biking loop is 10 miles in…
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.
- 1660 Blue Mountain Drive
- (610) 826-7700
All you need are two wheels and a little fearlessness. From beginners to experts, there are bike trails to make everyone happy. Blue Mountain Resort's Bike Park offers 26 trails of lift-serviced…
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.
Don't forget to look for events and excursions hosted by local biking outfitters. Take advantage of extra savings with the special offers below, and plan ahead to find places to rest and refuel along the way!
- Valid: April 12, 2021 - November 30, 2021
Includes: Pedal through miles of forest and mountain laurel along our meandering river on comfortable bikes and spend the night in the charming little town of Jim Thorpe. Offer includes two-night stay, equipment (bike & helmet), bike…
- Valid: May 1, 2021 - November 7, 2021
Includes: Join Pocono Biking for a two-day overnight bike package where you’ll spend two nights in the heart of downtown Jim Thorpe and experience up to 57 miles of riding on the D&L Trail. Package includes overnight accommodations…