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Level: Easiest
Length: 64 mi (103 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,870/ -1,964 ft
Total: 30 riders

Mountain Biking Pine Creek Rail Trail

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#81 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#3,000 in the world

The trail is relatively flat with only gentle grades. It is topped with crushed limestone. Bicycling and hiking are extremely popular during the spring, summer, and fall. The trail provides opportunities for cross-country skiing during the winter. Between Ansonia and Tiadaghton, horseback riding is permitted on the trail.Parking areas and composting toilets are available at regular intervals along the entire length of the trail. Several water pumps are provided along the trail, but trail users should carry enough water to last for the duration of their trips. The boroughs of Wellsboro and Jersey Shore offer a full array of services and supplies. Restaurants are located in Blackwell, Cedar Run, Slate Run and Waterville. Gasoline and other supplies are available at general stores located in Ansonia, Slate Run and Waterville.

First added by BU10May on Oct 17, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The Pine Creek Rail Trail is approximately 65 miles (105 km) from end to end, and it generally follows a north-south orientation. The trail is located wholly within Tioga and Lycoming Counties.

The trail's northern terminus is near the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Pennsylvania Route 287, about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Wellsboro. (Parking is located at the southernmost end of Butler Road). The trail parallels Route 6 in a southwesterly direction for about 6 miles (9.7 km) until it reaches the village of Ansonia. South of Ansonia, the trail parallels Pine Creek as it goes south along the floor of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. It passes through Leonard Harrison State Park and the Tioga State Forest. Approximately 17 miles (27 km) south of Ansonia, the trail passes through the village of Blackwell.[2] The section between Ansonia and Blackwell is very remote, and much of the trail is inaccessible by road.

South of Blackwell, the trail enters Lycoming County and the Tiadaghton State Forest. It parallels Pennsylvania Route 414 for about 25 miles (40 km). Pennsylvania Route 414 ends in the unincorporated village of Waterville. South of Waterville, the trail parallels Pennsylvania Route 44 for approximately 17 miles (27 km) until the trail reaches its southern terminus in Jersey Shore (Parking at Railroad St and Humes St.) Between Blackwell and Jersey Shore, the trail crosses the highway and Pine Creek several times, and it is almost always within sight of both the road and the creek.
Pine Creek Rail Trail near Blackwell (2005)

Boroughs, villages, and attractions located along or near the trail (from north to south):

* Wellsboro is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the trail's northern terminus.
* Asaph
* Ansonia
* Leonard Harrison State Park
* Colton Point State Park is located on the western side of Pine Creek, but no public bridges span the creek between Ansonia and Blackwell.
* Tioga State Forest
* Tiadaghton
* Blackwell
* Tiadaghton State Forest
* Cedar Run (Brown Township)
* Slate Run
* Cammal (McHenry Township)
* Jersey Mills
* Waterville (Cummings Township)
* Little Pine State Park is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of Waterville.
* Watson Township
* Porter Township
* Jersey Shore
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  • Called2RideMTB   ✓ supporter

    A beautiful trail running near the river at the bottom of the PA Gorge (PA "Grand Canyon"). Our ride was cut short by a sudden change in weather but it was still a good ride.

    #railtrail #mtb

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  • Jeff White

    slight grade,nice smooth trail,friendly people along the trail,rest stops are well placed. would like to do the whole length some day

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  • Allison Wong

    This is as luxurious as rail trails come. Smooth, paved road for the entire length of the trail. It's a straight shot so you can work up some speed. There are gates at the street intersections that you have to veer right and then left to get through.

    There are several outhouses located throughout, and great places for camping. No pumps for water, but the trail goes through several towns so you can stop at the general store for any supplies.

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  • Hdpearson13

    Just the best family trail in pa

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  • agaynerd

    This trail has some great scenic views, but is not for any hard core mountain biker. It's a nice Sunday afternoon trail with your girlfriend or family to enjoy a nice day of riding in nature. Saw several bald eagles, porcupine, and bear scat.

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  • BU10May

    This trail is all "rail-trail". A friend and I went from Jersey Shore to Ansonia and back in a two day trip (128 miles total). We saw multiple Bald eagles and tented in a campground along the trail. Its a workout as you never really get to coast. Its not technically "Mountain biking" but it was still a good time. You certainly dont have to do all of it and there were restrooms along the trail as well.

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