Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area

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Pump up the tires, grab your helmet, and get ready to enjoy the best mountain biking that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer. Philadelphia native and veteran mountain biker Bob D’Antonio outlines forty-four rides, from scenic cruising trails to heart-pumping, bone-jarring singletrack, each within 75 miles of the city. Explore historic townsites, Revolutionary War encampments, and gristmills near the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Pedal through dense forests and enjoy fast downhills on challenging rides ...

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Overview

Pump up the tires, grab your helmet, and get ready to enjoy the best mountain biking that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer. Philadelphia native and veteran mountain biker Bob D’Antonio outlines forty-four rides, from scenic cruising trails to heart-pumping, bone-jarring singletrack, each within 75 miles of the city. Explore historic townsites, Revolutionary War encampments, and gristmills near the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Pedal through dense forests and enjoy fast downhills on challenging rides in the western Delaware Valley. Discover excellent singletrack, rugged terrain, and scenic overlooks around Jim Thorpe. Packed with insider tidbits about the area’s rich history, attractions, and wildlife, this volume is more than just a trail guide.

Inside you’ll find:
• detailed ride descriptions
• trip distances and approximate riding times
• easy-to-read maps
• ratings for technical difficulty

Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area be your guide to some of the East Coast’s finest off-road rides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762728060
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Regional Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob D'Antonio was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. A well-known rock climber with over 700 first ascents throughout the United States and a mountain biker since 1982, he is the author of three rock climbing guides and three other mountain bike guides for different areas in Colorado. He spends his life living between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 1
How to Use This Book 2
Elevation Profiles 2
How to Use the Maps 3
Map Legend 4
The Rides
Philadelphia Area
1. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge/Lagoon Loop 6
2. Impoundment Loop 10
In Addition: Ode to the Pennsylvania State Park System 14
3. Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive 15
4. Wissahickon South 19
5. Wissahickon Gorge North Loop 23
6. Pennypack Park 27
7. Ridley Creek State Park 31
8. Valley Forge National Historical Park 35
9. Schuylkill River Trail 39
10. Tohickon Creek 42
11. Wharton State Forest 46
12. Brendan T. Byrne State Forest 50
Southern Philadelphia Area
13. Brandywine Creek State Park 56
14. Middle Run Natural Area 60
15. Iron Hill Park 65
16. Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area 68
17. Nottingham Park 75
Southern Philadelphia Honorable Mention 79
Western Philadelphia
18. French Creek State Park/Red & White Loop 82
19. French Creek State Park/Turtle Loop 86
20. Blue Marsh Lake 91
21. Pumping Station 96
22. Walnut Run 101
23. Horseshoe Trail 105
24. Furnace Hills 109
25. Mount Gretna 113
26. Weiser State Forest 118
27. The Pinnacle 122
Jim Thorpe
In Addition: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 128
28. Lehigh Gorge State Park 129
29. Drakes Creek 133
30. Scrub Mountain 138
31. Broad Mountain Loop 141
32. Broad Mountain Connector 145
33. Coal Cracker 149
In Addition: Jim Thorpe--The Man 152
34. Fire Line Trail 153
35. Mount Pisgah 156
36. Flagstaff Mountain 158
37. Switchback Trail 162
38. Twin Peaks 166
39. Mauch Chunk Ridge 171
Northern Philadelphia
40. Jacobsburg State Park 178
41. Pohopoco Tract Delaware State Forest 182
42. Round Valley Recreation Area 185
43. Delaware & Raritan Canal 189
44. Navesink Highlands 194
Appendix
The Art of Mountain Biking 199
Mountain Bike Beginnings 199
Mountain Biking Etiquette 200
Clothing 204
Be prepared--Supplies and Equipment 206
Types of Terrain 209
Mountain Biking into Shape 209
Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills 210
Last-Minute Checkover 213
Repair and Maintenance 215
Bike Clubs and Organizations 219
About the Author 223
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