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Pike 2 Bike (Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike)

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Waterfall, Pennsylvania

Pike 2 Bike (Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike) is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Waterfall, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.2 mi Elevation gain 1,515 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Road biking

Walking

Running

Forest

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Historic site

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Getting There

NOTE: The route shown on this page starts at the northern terminus of the Pike 2 Bike. There is also a southern terminus with another parking area. This hike explores a section of America's first long-distance, limited-access highway that was taken out of service in 1968 when the turnpike diverted over and around the mountains instead of through them. There are two dark, damp, and abandoned tunnels that are slowly reverting to nature. The tunnels are dark (in the longer tunnel, neither end is visible from the center) and offer a chilling sensory experience in addition to a cool respite from the heat and exertion outside. From the east side, it is a short hike to the larger of the two tunnels: Sideling Hill Tunnel. This tunnel is approximately 1.3 miles long with a slight crest in the middle. At approximately 3.5 miles farther on (with some slight rolling hills along the way), hikers will come to Ray's Hill Tunnel, which is about 0.5 miles long. The old roadway continues a bit until reaching the western access near US 30. The trail is entirely on old turnpike roadbed. The pavement is broken in spots, but easily traveled. Inside the tunnels can be extremely dark and damp. Watch for broken concrete, drips from overhead, and trash (including glass) in the tunnels.

Southern Alleghenies Conservancy 814-623-7900 sacc@earthlink.net

The western terminus of the trail is at Breezewood and there is something of a parking area at the intersection of Rt. 30 East and Tannery Rd. (N40 00.000, W78 13.682) Access to the trail is up the embankment. There is to be an access further up Tannery Rd. to the right but for now it seems to be a private road. There is a gate and some places to pull off of Oregon Rd. (N40 2.665, W78 9.809) about midway on the trail.This is not an easy place to get to from Rt. 30. Parking at the eastern terminus of the trail is the best and most "official" of the tree accesses. Turn north on Pump Station Rd. about 7 miles East of Breezewood. Turn left at the mailbox for 3005 Pump Station Rd. and park in the area bearing to the right. The trail is not officially open (but also not posted No Tresspassing) so ride at your own risk. The Army Reserve uses the road for practice from time to time and the trail will be closed those weekends. Check http://piketobike.org/ for updates.

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sherri s.
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Hiking

went with a group.and it was very interesting.would like to bike it the next time .alot of graffitti.Want to find the underground tunnel there yet.and check the top where the ventilation was.decent road.

Sharli C.
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Road biking

Definitely would be GREAT if/when there is enough support to improve the trail. We rode through the first tunnel and up to the second tunnel, but with the debris that littered the front of the 2nd tunnel, we opted to turn back. Kids would love the tunnel and the pitch black, I would think! This big kid did! However, there is a good bit of broken glass at some points on the trail which was detracting for us. It was a good workout, some ups, some downhills. We had a couple of deer run out in front of us - beautiful area! It certainly made one feel like they were stepping back in history.

Joey Reineman
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Road biking

Loved this experience but there was a ton of loose gravel. Some pieces very large especially in the dark tunnel. Just be careful if biking to have good head lights in the tunnels so you don’t hit debris. Wish someone could keep this great piece of history in better condition.

Scott Gerney
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Hiking

Easy walk. Fun to explore the tunnels. We went into the top and got to see the giant ventilation system. Bring a flash light especially for the sideling hill tunnel. It’s a mile long.

Tonyia Mcclellan
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Hiking

Very fun, good workout!

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Michael McSherry
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Road biking

We enjoyed the adventure , but in an eerie kind of way seemed very apocalyptic!! But we enjoyed the ride !!

Britt Dudley
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Katelynn M.
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Mountain biking

loved it, only problem is it was so over crowded with people. its crazy.

Brenda Brant
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Trail can be hard to get to at the Breezewood parking area. Have to on a steep hill to get to trail. Trail is very easy as it used to be a road. Take a flashlight because of the tunnels on the trail. Trail has an apocalyptic feel.

Billi Hoover
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Hiking

Was cool to see, interesting

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Horn Coyle
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Hiking

8/29/2019. Very cool. Very weird. Pitch dark. Luckily we brought flashlights. More clean than expected. A lot of graffiti. Walked from one side to the other and back again.

Horn Coyle
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Hiking

8/29/2019. Very cool. Very weird. Pitch dark. Luckily we brought flashlights. More clean than expected. A lot of graffiti. Walked from one side to the other and back again.

Margaret Iseman
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Road biking

Fun trail on an old road surface that takes you through 2 unlit tunnels. The road surface is in disrepair, but our hybrid bikes navigated the rough patches just fine. We brought along headlamps and bike lights, a must for the unlit tunnels. I was sure we would see zombies walking in this unusual environment, instead, we saw a porcupine walking in the brush along the edge of the trail. A real treat!

Tiffany Hendershot
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Eric Henry
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Hiking

Unique hike, the overgrown highway makes for a great large path and adds that post apocalyptic feel. We did the hike at night which will give you the chills when approaching the tunnels with your eyes playing tricks on you. An abundance of graffiti adorns the tunnel walls mainly of the penis variety; so just a heads up if you take your kids. Perfect out and back for walking or biking.... post hike Arby’s stop in Breezewood is clutch.

Katie L.
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Josh Yeager
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Hiking

great walk love the history easy to walk for the most part.

Jennifer Hartman
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Hiking

I’d like to do it again....with a bike though instead of walking. I wish the PA park department would take it over & it would be great if there were MILE markers so you knew how far you’d gone, ‘cause your going to have to walk/ride it back to the car. There is some graffiti/crude images and broken glass. All in all a good trip. You get to see wildlife too.

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Jennifer Anne
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Hiking

With two tunnels and a wide, mildly overgrown roadway, you've got miles to choose your own level of challenge on this trail! Really beautiful PA wilderness with a lot of interesting history and local activity. The tunnels are foggy and cool, which is a nice respite from the hot summer sun. Bring lights and take your time in the tunnels to enjoy the strange acoustics and atmosphere. Will definitely be back again!

Josh Smith
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Mountain bikingClosedOver grown

I’ll use “closed” loosely. Reason being the way the GPS directions brought me in was a 1 way road with more than a handful of no trespassing signs. When I got to the end of the road I was greeted with a locked gate. Hopped on google maps and found that 1 road down you could actually drive right into the old pile and park there. The initial trail from east to west is very nice with a slight uphill slope. Makes the return trip easy. We found that the locked gate leads into what was potentially supposed to be a significant parking lot. It’s a shame you can’t get to it. I rode with my 10 and 8 year olds and only went into the tunnel about 50-60 yards. To say you need a flashlight is a bit of an understatement with small Children. Who’s not afraid of the dark! Will definitely be back with a spot light to do the whole thing!

Ben (and Bentley) Winstead
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Hiking

Hiked from Breezewood to just the other side of Sidling tunnel. Hot day and asphalt hard on the feet. Want to come back and cycle the trail. Did round trip but due to the GPS problems inside the tunnels I opted to end the hike and restart for the southbound trip.

John Langley
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Hiking

Cool glimpse of history, bring a flashlight..

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Ed Majck
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Hiking

Abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike from Breezewood PA in Bedford county at the Western end to Waterfall PA and Cove Plaza at the Eastern end, comprising 8.5 miles including Rays Hill tunnel (short) and Sideling Hill tunnel (long). West bound lanes still passable on foot, bike; eastbound lanes overgrown. Need flashlight for tunnels transit for safety. Interesting history.

Ben (and Bentley) Winstead
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Hiking

Tunnels kill gps so the miles are wacked. excellent hike.

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