Moraine State Park Bike Trail

Pennsylvania

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Moraine State Park Bike Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Butler
Length: 6.8 miles
Trail end points: North Shore Dr. and Davis Hollow Rd. and North Shore Dr., just off W. Park Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6446770

Moraine State Park Bike Trail Description

Moraine State Park features a nearly seven mile bike trail, which follows the north shore of Lake Arthur. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery, especially during the fall as trees line the lake and trail. At some points of the trail, there are relatively short downgrades and curves as this is not a rail-trail. Most of the trail surface is paved with asphalt; a half mile of the trail, towards its western end, is crushed stone.

Parking and Trail Access

From the west, take Route 422 East towards US Route 19. Take Route 19 south for less than a mile, then turn left onto Burnside Road. After a mile, make a left to West Park Road, then a right onto N. Shore Drive.

From Butler (east), take Route 422 West then take the North Shore exit. At the exit, make a slight right toward N. Shore Drive and take that road.

From the north, take I-79 South. Exit onto Route 108 (Elliot's Mills). After a half mile on Route 108 West, make a left onto Studebaker Road. After two miles, make a left onto Harlansburg Road and continue on Countryview Road. After 600 feet on Countryview Road, make a right on W. Park Road. Stay on W. Park Road for two miles, then make a left on N. Shore Drive.

From the south, take I-79 North. Then take the Portersville Road (Route 488 East) exit. After less than a mile on Route 488 East, make a left on Pleasant Valley Road. Drive on Pleasant Valley for a mile, then take Route 422 West. From Route 422, take the North Shore exit and make a slight right towards N. Shore Drive.

Moraine State Park Bike Trail Reviews

Winding with small hills

This 7 mile trail is very technical. Out and back, winding and uphill both ways. A great workout for sure.
Trail follows along the lake. Picnic areas and restrooms along the trail. Most of it is shaded traveling though the woods.
You have to really pay attention on this one as this trail is very well used by all out enjoying it. You may be cruising along then come to a quick turn to discover people out in the middle around the bend. So if you're out there going for speed, this is not the trail. If you're out for a leisurely ride, this is the right trail.
There is a bike rental at the trail head, call ahead for hours. Open most days throughout the summer and shortened hours off season. However if the weather is nice and people are looking to rent, they will be open.

My Favorite Local Trail

I must say, this trail has grown on me and is now my favorite local spot to get in a good workout. The trail has great scenery and, unlike the mostly level rail trails, this one has lots of twists, turns, and small hills to keep it interesting. While short, a fast paced blast from the bike rental parking area to the marina and back gives you a good workout and can be done in less than an hour.

June 2019 Ride

Parked at the lot where the bike rental is and rode out to the end of the trail at the Nature Center. Trail passes picnic areas, several parking lots and a public beach. Park restrooms along the trail.
Trail is asphalt paved in very good condition but has several bends and small hills. Makes for a nice challenge.
On weekends the trail can be a bit crowded the first few miles from the bike rental. Go farther out, less people.
Out and back trail, not a loop. Great state park trail features tree shaded sections and open sections.

Nice trail to ride

I'm new to biking and have done parts of the Montour trail, Brooke trail in WV and yesterday rode the Moraine bike trail. It is fully paved with only a few bumps in the blacktop. A few hills in both directions so you get a good cardio, some long coasts to get speed or recover from the grades, a lot of turns so its not a boring straight ride and lots of shade and views of the lake. Mile markers are good to let you know how you are doing distance wise, bathrooms at both ends, a decent bike rental if you just want to try out a type of bike or add this into a weekend of camping/boating at the park. did 14 miles total in just over an hour and I am far from in shape....more of a challenge than a rails to trails ride with the turns and steeper grades. well worth the trip to the park.

Accordion

A short challenge...

We rode this trail on a Saturday in October. The leaves are beginning to change colors.

Though this trail is only 7 miles in length (not a loop), you will get quite the workout as it is winding and rolling!

There are many straight flat areas, but also thrown in are some hilly twists and turns.

The trail begins at the Bike Rental on the North Shore and goes out to the Moraine Outdoor Center. You will pass several beaches, boat launches and marinas, an area for camping, the rental cabins and rest rooms with flush toilets. Parking available along the trail whether it be at a beach or marina.

At this time of year, not all the rest rooms were open but there were still quite a few open.

The park offers fishing and boating, seasonal swimming, camping, picnic areas and cabins for rent. Snack bars also opened seasonal.

The bike rental is seasonal, check with them if you are in question about renting. They offer a variety of different bikes to rent from kids to adults. No two bikes are alike!

As always, here in Pennsylvania, our State Parks are free to use.

Great paved trail!

Good clean paved surface. Rolling terrain, great lake. Great for the kids or as a quick way to make a few laps!

Moraine / Lake Artur

Make this trail a part of a day excursion . Though a short trail ,7 miles , McConnells Mill State park is only a couple miles away .Hike the trails there, its beautiful, then go to Moraine to finish up with a nice ride along Lake Arthur.

Excellent trail for biking or walking

It's a beautiful trail, however, not for anyone "out of shape" like myself... There are a lot of hills, and these not really bad to most people, it can be challenging. That being said, the trail has magnificent scenery, is mostly shaded, and runs by the lake on many occasions. There are benches to sit and relax at, and the beginning end of the trail has a bike rental facility. Plenty of parking, and lots of different places to get on the trail at.

In short, it's a beautiful trail, and being totally paved, makes for a really nice ride!

Awesome Trail

I have been riding this trail since it was first opened. It is one of my favorites. It is beautiful anytime of the year. The weekends do get busy. So if you can, try it during the week.

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