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Level: Intermediate
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +847/ -847 ft
Total: 50 riders

Mountain Biking Yellow Creek State Park

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#6 of 295 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#305 in the world

The singletrack winds through mostly forested areas and contains over 2000' of climbing. Known for its combination of flow, climbing and technical terrain, the essential definition of a classic ride, the trail system can be accessed at multiple locations throughout this Pennsylvania State Park. The south shore Day Use Area is great for you to start your riding experience and provides plenty of parking, water, picnic areas, restrooms, and other family activities. While on the south shore, riders will enjoy fairly smooth and twisty singletrack. The north shore provides riders with more technical riding and typically the driest trails. In general, the western portion of the park will provide pleasure to those seeking climbing opportunities. Most of the trail segments can be ridden in either direction, with a clockwise direction of travel being a preferred method of travel while performing the entire loop.

Each trail segment is marked and coordinated with the park map, making navigation easy. This tail system would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of the Laurel Highlands On&Off Road Bicycling Association (LHORBA) (, Friends of Yellow Creek State Park (, RideYC ( and the Yellow Creek State Park (

Other park activities include camping within and near the park, boating, boat rentals, canoe & kayak rentals, fishing, swimming, hunting, picnicking, orienteering and hiking. Please be respectful of other users. Riding is discouraged during hunting seasons and wet periods.

Combine this ride with other local IMBA Trail Solutions (Allegripis Trail) and IMBA Epics (Rattling Creek, Coopers Gap, Rothrock Ride) and multiple riding opportunities around Pittsburgh for a weeklong Epic riding experience in PA.
RIDE TIME: 2.5-4.5 hours
-Description by mflinn77

First added by mflinn77 on May 28, 2010. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Day-Use Entrance
Yellow Creek State Park, 170 Pennsylvania 259, Penn Run, PA 15765
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Rider questions

Q: Because I need to know. is there really a moderate deep (thigh high) river to wade across? was just wondering if the images associated with trail is true or just ankle deep. cuze it would be cool if you have to.
A: I would imagine the depth of the river might vary depending on the time of year, but I was here a couple days ago and there was indeed a thigh-deep river.

Q: Driving though this area to NY. Want to stop for the night and ride in the AM, any sonic suggestions where to park for the night(sleeping in car). And is small fire building allowed this time of year?