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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +515/ -444 ft
Total: 90 riders

Mountain Biking Trails At Mt. Gretna

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Any of these trail heads at the parking lot ( i believe there are 3) are fun, i've take them all. facing the mountain a gated fireroad goes straight up, trail 5 goes left and right. left is a fun technical ride to top. take trail 5 to the left until trail 12 on your right.(its a sudden turn and at a good pace you'll probably pass it). take trail 12 to the top. 12 has narrow planks across the muddiest areas, they are fun balance practice. the rest is a fun series of varying difficulty switchbacks to the top.
follow trail 5 to the left past the intersection with twelve i believe it turns into trail 13, if not then turn bear onto trail 13 when it does. 13 is a more difficult set of technical switchbacks to the top.
the fireroad at the parking lot in the center goes straight to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. the firetower is accessible to the public and has great views. its a straight steeeep climb on a fireroad but is worth it. many trails lead away from there ant trickle down the mountain at varying difficulties.
the right side of trail 5 at the parking lot goes through the edge of**orgeous neighborhood and around to the parking lot on pinch rd. across the street is state game lands. i dont know if any trails are over there. best to stay out during hunting seasons. from this parking lot there are many trail options with varying difficulty. im unfamiliar with starting from this side and have no advice on trails.

First added by brianmrog on Dec 8, 2006. Last updated May 6, 2020. → add an update
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  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
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Getting there
the only directions i know are from Harrisburg. go East on rt. 322 roughly 13 miles till butler rd.(there is a stop light and its out at a fielded country surrounding) take a right on Butler rd and follow it till its end at rt. 117. take a left on rt 117 and follow this roughly one mile to a dirt parking lot on right. there is a yellow gate on a fire road, an outhouse and some dcnr signs. park there and take any trails.
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  • tomit242

    Awesome day out there today! Park at the nature center and ride counter clockwise on trail 15 to 13, then 5, up the fire road, down trail 4 for an awesome finish!

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  • Krashkott

    This is definitely an area where you can find some easy or intermediate trails mixed in with some more advanced trails. Alot of medium and large rocks mixed in with roots and gravel. If you ride #9 down, it might make your hands go numb but it is well worth it

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  • TrekHardtail2012

    This was my first time riding here. It was also only second ride of the spring after a fall and winter of being a slug. I like the fact that a very accurate trail map is available from the Governor Dick website. All the trails are very well marked and blazed. The map indicates difficulty for the trails, and it seemed accurate. It can definitely get a bit rocky, but that makes it fun. Since I was out of shape I rode on some of the easy trails. I parked at the Environmental Center. From there I took the gold blazed trail that turns into trail 5 and looped back on trial 13, which was a little more challenging. Had a great time and I plan to go back again.

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  • R Treb
    Reviewing Governor Dick:

    This place could be a 5 so easily. There is zero trail maintenance. It has potential for days. It has super tech rocky descents that will utilize every bit of an Enduro bikes susp. There are natural Boulder drops and jumps. Fun with tons of options. I did not think it was well marked as far as what trail was bike and what was not. Guy working there said it was all good since I was basically the only rider there. This place could be world class with some trail love.

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  • BigBenG

    I have been riding these trails for a long time, they never get old.

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  • jde5165

    I've ridden the trail several times. There are endless miles of combinations and exhaustion will set in before you can try them all. A lot of climbing but the descents are well worth it. The trails can get extremely rocky and on a hard tail bike it can become almost hard to stay on the bike at some points. Some of the descents are extremely steep. I've gone over the handle bars more often than I prefer. There are some easier fire roads to ride too. The fire tower at the top of the mountain is awesome and a great place to take a break and get an amazing view. The Lebanon county rails to trails is easily accessible from theses trails giving access to miles of more trails, ranging from novice to advanced. Gretna is great place to stop and get lunch and ice cream at the jigger shop or colebrook twin kiss. State game land roads are open to bikes but not recommended during hunting season. This place is one of the first places I mountain biked and years later I still love coming back.

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  • Jeremy Saltzer

    There are well over 5 miles of trails here... I did 17miles last time because I ran out of daylight. Trail 4 is gnarly downhill, 15 is rocks and boulders (I enjoy them),12 is closed to cycling and its a damn shame too. 13 is fun and technical at spots, can follow the horseshoe trail either way for days. There is a lot of variety here. Anything from beginners to advanced. Rail trails and Urban Mountain biking around Gretna for the sights to chest on seat desents. Climb to the top of the tower for a great view, hit The Jigger Shop to cool down or The Hideaway for a cold one.

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  • ****

    A nice place for something different. It has some easier trails with good climbs and fun downhill sections. Some parts are very rocky with large rocks and are basically "hike a bike", but it was great scenery and fun overall!

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  • mheary

    Very rocky and a lot of lengthy uphill not bad though. Different than most trails I have ridden in Pa

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  • washy81
    Reviewing Governor Dick:

    Rode the trail today and had a blast! About 30 or so miles of trails. Trails can be very fast and very rocky. Took a nasty spill on trail 15 today fractured leg. Still rode out and had fun. Check it out!

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  • mikewhorley
    Reviewing Governor Dick:

    these trails are really good...lots of rocky stuff hard climbs and some easy climbs also some great real fast single track there are alot of trails probaly around 30 miles or so there is also some very tecnihcal downhill with big rideoffs def would check this place out its worth driving to u can park off pinch road or at the yellow gate on 117 just a little outside of gretna u drive through gretna then u will see a yellow gat on your right side about 2 miles after u leave gretna

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  • hson81188

    I happen to live in Mt. Gretna, I was born and raised here and ride/hike/run all of these trails. Just to clarify the directions. The best way to get to Gretna from Harrisburg is 322 East, Turn right onto 117 South at stop light in Cambletown. Follow 117 south until you reach Mt. Gretna ( you pass over LEB-LANC rails to trails on the way). When you arrive in Gretna you will pass the lake on your left and continue to the center of town, there will be a postoffice on your right and a pizza shop on the left, you make a right onto Pinch Road at the top there is a pull off to the left for Gov. Dick. There are numorous trails that will take you all over Mt. Gretna. Across the street from the pull off there are more trails in the state game lands that are a very good ride, some are short 2 mile rides, others 5-10. If you go past the gov dick pull off there are more trail heads in a pull off to the right that take you down the backside of the mountain. One of the my favorites is "Power line" this trail will take you along the PA turnpike. There are Quality trails on the North, South West and East faces of the MT, and on both sides of Pinch Road. All the north face trail will run into route 117 at the bottom. There are enough trails that you could ride for months before you discover them all. The best time of year to ride are spring and fall if you want the trails to yourself !

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  • agaynerd

    Some of the trails are great and not too technical while other trails are too technical and difficult to really ride. For trail #15, about half was rideable, and the other half had too many large rocks. I'm just not good enough to really ride those sections, but the other trails were pretty fun. And the view at the top was great!

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  • BU10May

    Very, Very rocky. I did a good chunk of the trails around gov. dick and they were a good workout, but just too rocky to really enjoy them.

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  • Andrew_Gilbert
    Reviewing Governor Dick:

    i'm writing this review to update and correct the directions to this trail .after viewing my internet map and following the directions listed i've come to the conclusion that from Lebanon taking 241 to 322 and continue straight on South Butler Rd. towards Mt. Gretna and you will come right to 117 make a slight right and go the approx. 1/4 mile and make a left on Pinch Rd. and up the hill to the parking lot.

    I hope the Mark fellow belows stills checks this site out as i'm curious what state game lands are closed to bikers because i was under the impression from what i read in my rule books for hunting and such that unmotorized transportation as MTB are allowed. I'm curious to what info you have on this subject.* Review edited 4/5/2009

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  • angi

    This is a great trail for all levels! Uphills/Downhills/Rocks/Roots/Planks. For those who are newbies to mountain biking, like me, this was a perfect trail. Learn about balance, technique, brake and sliding control, and going fast:) Lots of fun and great workout!

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