Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail


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Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Tioga
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Near N. Main St. (Mansfield) and Lamb's Creek Recreation Area
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016989
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail Description

In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no more. The Corps paved the former rail line and created the Lambs Creek Hike and Bike Trail. It still owns and maintains the trail today, with help from some local volunteers.

The trail heads from the town of Mansfield into the serene Pennsylvania countryside. It moves from openness near town into a thick growth of trees and brambles, making an appealing passage to explore and play. The trail has particularly lovely and distinct seasonal looks. Springtime showcases yellow-green willows in the wetlands; white and purple phlox drape the shoulders of the paved trail in the summer; and sumac bushes burn brilliant red and orange in autumn.

Woodchucks and rabbits scamper across the trail with little concern for the human visitors, including the sports teams that use the trail for fitness training or the science classes out on field study. While almost entirely flat with gentle curves, just outside town there is a surprisingly steep incline and dip to accommodate a terrain change. The farther from town, the quieter the trail becomes.

Lambs Creek is visible from a few vantage points in the final mile of trail. Easy-to-follow signs make navigating the couple of jogs in the route a cinch. The trail reaches its eastern terminus at the boat launch in the Lambs Creek Recreation Area. There are restrooms up the access road in the recreation area.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Mansfield trailhead, take US Route 15N (Business Route) to Mansfield (in town US 15 becomes Main Street). After the traffic light, cross Route 6 and go approximately 4 more blocks. Turn left on Corey Street, which takes you behind an IGA shopping center. Continue straight to the trail with parking on the left.

Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail Reviews

This trail is paved but the asphalt is cracked and in pretty rough shape. Definitely not for skating and biking only at a slow pace. The scenery is great: very quiet for being close to the highway.

Based on the rating I saw for this trail, I was disappointed.

We turned around after 1.5 miles because the surface was so rough and there was moss growing on it.

It might be good for running or walking but not for inline skating or riding a Trikke.

Also, be aware that during hunting season, this is in an area that allows hunting.

We went on a gorgeous Fall day - perfect day for a easy ride. It is a short and for the most part flat ride but with some pretty scenery. One thing is the creek water is very, very blue - almost unusually so (not sure what is in it!)!


I biked part of this old trail 7/27/12 while my wife kayaked on the lake/reservoir. The trail and the access road ends at a boat launch and lots of parking. Wonderful sign on the access road says, "Road ends in Water!" The trailhead in Mansfield has signs but is behind an old large garage after you get behind the shopping center. The access road to the northern trailhead on the lake is 2 miles long and forks off Rt 15 North. The restroom facilities are at the picnic area up the hill. The asphalt trail is old with grass growing in the cracks but no problem. Near the lake there are large corn fields and nice views. Youker

The Lambs Creek Bike and Hike Trail is the shortest trail we have ridden, but it is a very pretty, pleasant ride. We enjoyed this ride very much. It is a fairly easy ride with just one hill. It is all paved. We saw a couple of indigo buntings, a great blue heron and a king fisher along the bird watchers would enjoy this ride.

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