Calling all gravel cyclists! Join the EMHR and DCNR for the final event in our Sullivan County Hikes and Bikes series: The Loyalsock State Forest Cycling Challenge! This two-day cycling trip will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10, and allow cyclists to experience the beautiful fall foliage of our region! Participants will meet at the the Bridle Trail Camping Area at the intersection of High Knob and Shanerburg Roads (41.437768, -76.6097787) by 9:30 a.m. to sign-in. Those who plan to spend the night will also have the opportunity to set up camp. Following a safety briefing and overview of the ride, participants will then embark on an approximately 37-mile ride along dirt and gravel roads throughout the State Forest. We expect to be on the road by 10:30 a.m. Upon returning in the late afternoon, there will be a trip to nearby Eagles Mere, including a provided dinner an educational talk from the Eagles Mere Conservancy. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the town. On day two, around 9:30 a.m. following the breakdown of camp, cyclists will ride another 22-miles to the High Knob and Loyalsock Canyon Vista Overlooks.
Please note this event is for gravel cyclists with moderate to high levels of experience. It is not intended for beginners. Please bring any bicycle tires, tubes or tools you may need. There will be some available, but please try to be self-sufficient. Staff in a pickup truck will be following the group and on standby throughout the ride to provide any necessary aid. Any minors under the age of 18 coming on the trip must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have experience in gravel cycling.
Those who participate in the weekend-long event have the options of staying overnight at the Bridle Trail Camping Area (please fill out and submit the attached camping permit request upon registration) or staying at the beautiful Eagles Mere Inn (www.eaglesmereinn.com
) at a 20-percent discounted rate. Call Richard Lobach at (570) 525-3273 to make arrangements at the Inn. Space is limited, so don’t delay!
The Endless Mountains Heritage Region has teamed up with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and various Sullivan County organizations to host this series of outdoor events called, “Sullivan County Hikes & Bikes”. These events are partially funded through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau and Sullivan County room tax.