Great place to ride: Pike 2 Bike – The Pennsylvania Turnbike, Harrisburg, PA

2011-09-26 by . 2 comments

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This 8-mile section of the old PA Turnpike was abandoned in the late 1960's. The pavement is now cracked, overgrown, and it feels lonely and dead. But it's actually fun to ride on!


We met a group of folks from at the access point. There's a sign before you enter that, in effect, lets you know you're riding at your own risk. In fact, I wasn't entirely clear on whether riding here is legal or not.


There are some tunnels, so bring a light along. (One tunnel is about a mile in length.)


The pavement is very rough, and I'd bring a bike with wide tires is you have one. I was surprised by how few mountain bikes I saw:


This is more of a stroll than a ride; you really can't go that fast, or that far--but riding on what used to be the Pennsylvania Turnpike is a strange experience, and one I found well worth the drive from New Jersey.


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  • Ambo100 says:

    I’m not usually so keen on blog posts about bike rides in the states, but this is fairly unique. I don’t think there are many places where you can cycling in a tunnel with little traffic.

    • neilfein says:

      It’s pretty cool. For all I know there are other bikeable abandoned highways around, but this is the only one I know of.

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