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.

Length8.2 miElevation gain1,515 ftRoute typePoint to point
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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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Kate Van Horn
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Kathy Hamilton
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Great walk! Be sure to have a flashlight as the tunnel is very dark with occasional chunks of cement.

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David Duszak
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ben morris
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Annette Kane-Shine
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More of a “walk,” less of a “hike.”Makes sense that it’s meant for biking. But the tunnel was AWESOME! So creepy! In a cool way. Graffiti was outstanding. This is a very memorable experience. Go!

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Tara Frederick
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Tyler J McL
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Great path for biking- watch out for the rocks

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Scott Benson
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HidingIn PlainSight
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Jillian Wallace
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Sandy Graver
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Nice ride. Bumpy, busy. Loved the tunnels!

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Amy Bellomy
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Horn Coyle
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2020.10.28. R. AMC. We had done this before but others had not. The trailhead to the Sideling Tunnel was not easy to find the first time even the park rangers in the Buchanan Park Office weren’t sure but with a good memory we found our way back. It’s an amazing easy walk but bring a flashlight... it gets dark in there.

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Shannon Arney
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Jay Gross
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Sarah Pepe
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Easy to go way too far on this trail haha!

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Scott Benson
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Paul Busick
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Claudio Hayes
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Nathan Hill
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Troy Feldbauer
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Joey Reineman
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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.

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Scott Gerney
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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.

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Tonyia Mcclellan
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Very fun, good workout!

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

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Britt Dudley
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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.

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Billi Hoover
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Was cool to see, interesting

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Horn Coyle
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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.

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Horn Coyle
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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.

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