Biking in Eastern Pennsylvania on the
Stony Valley Railroad Grade Trail
This is a 22 mile crushed stone trail with endpoints
at Dauphin and Lebanon Reservoir. It is extremely
remote - there is not one sign of civilization from
one end of the trail to the other. The huge mounds
of stones through the valley left by the
ice age are so incredibly beautiful you will
want to make frequent stops just to enjoy the view.
To reach the trail's eastern terminus, take I-81 to
Exit 30 (Lickdale), take State Route 72 north to State
Route 443 east to Gold Mine Road, which veers off 443
to the left. Follow Gold Mine Road to the State Game
Lands entrance on the left.
When bicycling from east to west on the trail,
more than half way is a down-hill
grade. The next time we are in that area we'll try
to find the western end of the trail so we can ride
the uphill grade first. (I always like to get the
hardest part of the ride in first!) From the hand-drawn
map, it appears that the western end is on Stony
Creek Valley Road which is off US-22 south of Dauphin.