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Mountain Biking at Swatara State Park

28 miles of trails

Accessible from the State Park Lane trailhead, six loop trails twist through the woods and up-and-down hills.

Each loop is about 1.5 miles in length, totaling 9.8 miles.

These single track natural surface trails are a maximum 24 inches wide, with log obstacles and stream crossings.

They are considered “most difficult” by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ trail standards, but “easy” by International Mountain Bike Association standards.

Mountain bikes are also permitted on:

  • Swatara Rail Trail (10 miles)
  • Bear Hole Trail (4.8 miles)
  • Moonshine Trail (0.8 mile)
  • Trout Run Trail (0.5 mile)
  • State Park Lane (0.5 mile)
  • Portage Trail (0.4 mile)
  • Mifflin Trail (0.3 mile)
  • Round About Loop (0.5 mile)
  • Sand Siding Trail (0.4 mile)

Biking Rules and Regulations

Pennsylvania state law requires all bicyclists under the age of 12 to wear an approved helmet.

All traditional bicycles (bikes) and electric bicycles (e-bikes) are permitted on state park roads and any trails designated for biking or mountain biking.

Biking is prohibited on designated hiking-only trails and any roads or trails marked as prohibited for bikes.

All riders are required to maintain safe speeds at all times and comply with recommended and/or posted speed limits.

E-bikes must follow all e-bike guidelines.