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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.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,515 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

road biking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
18 days ago

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.

Very fun, good workout!

road biking
1 month ago

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

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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.

Was cool to see, interesting

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

road biking
3 months ago

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!

mountain biking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

mountain biking
closed
over grown
10 months ago

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!

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Cool glimpse of history, bring a flashlight..

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
Sun Jun 16 2019

Sat Jun 01 2019

very relaxing

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