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Rattling Creek

Lykens, PA

Flowy trails punctuated with rock gardens create classic East Coast riding that rewards bike handling as much as fitness. Trails don't get more sustainable than the Rocks Ridge section — a 3/4-mile boulder field that's featured on the IMBA website under the heading "Toughen Your Trail With Rocks." Unforgiving, yes. But it's rideable if you've got the chops, and even if you have to walk a few spots you'll enjoy the mature hardwood forests and scenic stream valleys. Constant rollers offer fun descents and snappy climbs, with more total elevation change than you’d expect.

The trails are a labor of love of Keith Whitcomb, a life-long resident of the area. Beginning in 1999 with his friend Mike Mace, Keith began building a loop based on the lessons of sustainable trails that were just then being espoused by IMBA, but he aimed to keep the East Coast flavor of the terrain. It’s a testament to his determination that what began with a few short sections of trail connected by miles of snowmobile trails (read: gravel double track) grew into one of the must-do rides in the region.

Additional Information:

Directions: From I-81, Exit onto route 209 toward Tower City. Follow until the traffic light in Lykens and turn left. Follow this road past the town park and uphill about 3 miles. Trail head will be on the right.

Food: Kevin’s Place diner is a great local joint that has always supported the trails. The farmer’s breakfast is not to be missed.