Pennsylvania's Bike Country
When it comes to biking in Pennsylvania, Erie County is among the top biking locations in the state and is deserving of recognition, both state-wide and nationally. After all, Living Magazine has ranked Presque Isle State Park’s Multi-Purpose Trail fourth on its list of the 18 best bike rides at beaches. Erie is the only county in Pennsylvania with three official BicyclePA State Bicycle Routes and three national bike routes. Not to mention, our nation's longest bicycle route runs through Erie - the Northern Tier Bicycle Route (4,265 miles). Erie is also a key place on the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (2,008 miles) and Underground Railroad Spur (153 miles). The future of Erie holds even more, like the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail, which is currently in development and is slated to be approximately 270 miles long when completed. It will connect Erie and parts of New York State to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail in Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh, the GAP trail joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335 mile long trail experience to Washington, D.C. In total the three trails will connect to form an approximately 705 mile system from Erie to D.C.