Magical Mountain Bike Rides


Magical Mountain Routes

Looking for a challenge on two wheels? Rothrock State Forest and Moshannon State Forest are filled with miles of fun and challenging biking trails. If you enjoy log and stream crossings, rock gardens, breath-taking mountain views and climbs with rewarding downhills that will have you grinning ear to ear, check out a few of our favorite, and magical, mountain routes.

See what our friends at Happy Valley Adventure Bureau have to say about mountain biking in Rothrock State Forest

Rothrock State Forest Gravel Rides

Hold tight — gravel your way through Rothrock and more. Our beautiful state forests have miles and miles of gravel roads through some of PA’s oldest tree stands. Pick the ride that fits your time, and go explore this lush woodland. Click on the routes below for more info. Gravel: 14 mile (Blue), 25 mile (Green), 49 mile (Orange) and 66 mile (Yellow). Mixed Road/Gravel: 19 mile (Red). 


Beginner Mountain Ride at the gateway to Rothrock State Forest — Half gravel-Half Singletrack and a great way to introduce yourself to the mountain biking options  just a few miles from downtown State College. 

Tussey Ridge

This is on the list of IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Epic trails! Intermediate Mountain Ride. Some gravel, but mostly singletrack with technical sections. Great views from the ridge, and you can see for yourself how the forest is recovering from the 2006 Rothrock fire. In the summer, be sure to stop and grab some blueberries!

Bald Knob Ridge (DRAFT)

Beautiful views of Mt. Nittany and Happy Valley on this intermediate but challenging loop. 


Get the FREE RideWithGPS (RWGPS) app from the Google Play or Apple App Store. Once you download your ride, you can use it with or WITHOUT cell service to travel Happy Valley.

Please be advised

While these routes are mapped by experienced bicyclists to provide you with routing assistance, use of these routes is at your own risk. Some of these routes traverse bike lanes or other facilities designed specifically for bicyclists, but others include or are exclusively on local streets and highways, or are technical, single-track mountain bike trails. CentreBike does not warrant the safety of bicyclists as they access these roads and trails. Every bicyclist is responsible for his or her personal safety and welfare and for remaining alert and mindful of conditions on the roads or trails.