Susquehanna Bikeway

Pennsylvania

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Susquehanna Bikeway Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Lycoming
Length: 3.2 miles
Trail end points: Commerce Park Dr. (Loyalsock Township) and N. Loyalsock Ave. and Claire Rd. (Montoursville)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9933422

Susquehanna Bikeway Description

The Susquehanna Bikeway offers more just over 3 miles of pathway connecting the north-central Pennsylvania communities of Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, and Montoursville.

On its west end, the paved pathway begins in Williamsport at the Susquehanna River Walk, off the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. From there, the bikeway heads east through Loyalsock Township, where it is known locally as the Loyalsock Bikeway. At Riverfront Park, you'll want to stop and explore this former Native American village and recreational amenities.

The trail continues through Montoursville, where it is known as the Montoursville Bikeway. Although it loosely parallels the Susquehanna Beltway (I-180), the trail is buffered by trees. A portion of this route is also named the Reighard Trail after William C. Reighard, a long-serving Loyalsock Township Supervisor, and you'll see a sign about the trail's namesake. As you approach trail's end, you'll pass Indian Park along Loyalsock Creek, where you'll find restrooms, picnic spots, and hiking trails.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available on the north end of the trail in Montoursville's Indian Park (104 Park Rd.).

Susquehanna Bikeway Reviews

Nice, “effective” bike trail

First I was torn welcher her to give this trail a 3 or a 4. This is a really great trail to hook up Montoursville to the trails of Williamsport and for the most part, keep you away from car traffic. There are some scenic sections, for instance from Indian Park, along side and crossing over Loyalsock Creek. However to me it really stands out as a great commuter trail to get you into the more scene in portions along the West Branch of the Susquehanna. As it runs along some of the busier highways, again keeping you separate from traffic, it has a lot of traffic noise. Once it crosses the Creek and follows a bike lane (unprotected) along Old Montoursville Road, near the Motel 6, the bike lane is drawn on the left side so it appears bike traffic in both directions is to be on the one side. Then in front of “Club Fred”, there is a dangerous crossing of the lane to the right side...it’s right as the Canfield Lane curves up from the plant below it. My recommendation...once you pass the Litho business near Motel 6, stay on the righthand side. Once you hit Greevey Road things quiet down a bit and defined bike lanes are on eithe side of the road. This portion is where it gets scenic passing farm fields before hitting Riverfront Park. It’s an easy to follow, well marked trail. I gave it a 3 vs a 4 as it lacks what most bike/rail-trails offer with a bit more scenery and quiet. I do recommend this as part of the connecting rail trails.

Nice extended ride

We rode this as an extension of the Susquehanna Riverwalk. It was paved and had a park with a restroom but no water fountain. For part of the ride, you are in a bike lane on the road but the road appears to be a dead end, so not much traffic. Once you get to Montoursville and the bridge, there is crossroads with no clear signage as to where the bike path should be. We took a right and biked to a boat launch behind the airport which was nice. I think we were supposed to cross the main road at the intersection where the bike path continued a little further - something for next time!

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