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Bald Eagle State Forest : Eastern Section Trails

Susquehanna Valley Region

Directions & Trail Descriptions

Location: Lewisburg, PA. Union and Centre Counties.

Length/Configuration: 20+ miles of trails. Design your own out-and-back or loop rides, depending on ability, using trails and connecting forest roads.

Terrain/Surface: Varies from old woods roads to wide, grassy doubletrack to narrow,rocky singletrack. 

Technical Difficulty: Easy, moderate and advanced.

Elevation Change: Up to around 1500 ft. depending on trails used.

Caution: Shared-use with hikers and equestrians. Expect obstacles along many of the singletrack trails (rocks, roots, ruts, downed branches, logs). Avoid late fall deer-hunting season. Avoid riding when trails are muddy, especially in early Spring.




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Bald Eagle State Forest Trail Map

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Take exit 30 off I-80. Head south on Rt.15 to Lewisburg. Turn right onto Rt.192 and head west. Park at Sand Bridge State Park.

Take exit 29 off I-80 (10 miles west of Rt.15). From exit ramp go down hill to dirt road. Park at intersection with Sugar Valley Narrows Rd.

The Forest Headquarters is located just south of Eastville on McCall Dam Road. Take I-80 to Exit 28, then Forest Hwy. 880 to Carroll. Pass Carroll and go left to Eastville.


General Description:

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The Trails: Bald Eagle State Forest Eastern Section

All state forest roads are open to mountain biking. In addition, Bald Eagle State Forest features 25 off-road mountain bike trails. They are all located near R.B. Winter State Park, totalling 48 miles of rideable trails -- with nearly 100 miles of connecting forestry roads. These roads are mostly hard-packed dirt covered with loose stones.

Listed below are some of the easy to moderate mountain bike routes. On some of the moderate rides you will encounter technical sections.


Easy Trails:

These trails will be well-marked, wide, relatively level and smooth, often grass covered.

Top Mountain Trail: 4.8 miles (easy, moderate, advanced)
A favorite and one of the best rides in the Forest. An abandoned jeep trail with varied smooth to rocky sections. Lots of turns, short climbs and descents. This is a unique ride for all levels. The beginner can walk over the steep or rocky sections. Provides outstanding views of the surrounding mountains.

Spring Mountain Trail: 3.3 miles (easy)
Old relatively flat woods road. Makes for a good out-and-back ride. Suitable for beginners.

Bake Oven Trail: 1.1 miles (easy)
A bumpy ride but not steep. Ride only east of Boyer Gap Rd.

Sugar Valley Narrows Road: (easy)
Hard-packed dirt road. Watch for vehicles.


Moderate Trails:

These trails may be narrow and steep with rocky sections. The less experienced rider may need to walk on the more difficult sections.

Stony Gap Trail: 1.5 miles (moderate)
From Spring Mountain Trail. Steep and rocky near the bottom.

Cowbell Hollow Trail: 2.8 miles (moderate)
Ride West to East. Jeep trail with steep climbs, descents and rocky, technical sections. The trail narrows and turns into single-track as it descends towards the creek. This ride is a local favorite. Those riders with less experience may have to hike a bike over the more difficult sections. Keep an eye out for deadfalls. At the end of the trail, ride behind the cabin to find the bridge over creek.

Bear Gap Trail: 1.9 miles (moderate, advanced)
Ride north or south from Spring Mountain Trail only. A very rocky, challenging trail with short technical sections for the experts only. Very steep. Intermediate level riders in good physical condition will find lots of this trail rideable but will have to hike a bike over the more difficult sections. Can turn into a flowing stream in wet weather.



For more information:

Bureau Of Forestry
Forest District #7
P.O. Box 147
Laurelton, PA 17835

Phone: (570) 922-3344
TTY: 711 (AT&T Relay Services)
Website: Pennsylvania DCNR Bald Eagle State Forest

(Park trail map available online)


R. B. Winter State Park
17215 Buffalo Road
Mifflinburg, PA 17844-9656

Phone: (570) 966-1455
Website: R.B. Winter State Park

(Park trail map available online)



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