Pennsylvania is rightly known as the birthplace of American democracy. What the millions of schoolchildren and adult tourists who pass through central Philadelphia each year don’t see, though, is the rugged, wild beauty of the state’s rural precincts.
From the topsy-turvy Allegheny Plateau in the west to the rolling bottomlands in the southeast and the remote Pocono Mountains in the northeast, Pennsylvania has no shortage of interesting and unique topography. What better way to experience Pennsylvania’s literal ups and downs than on the back of a bike or ATV?
If you’re looking to get out into Pennsylvania’s fields or woods, kick up some mud and feel the breeze in your hair, check out these five awesome Pennsylvania motocross tracks.
- Breezewood Proving Grounds – Clearville, PA
Nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Plateau, near the quaint town of Bedford, Breezewood Proving Grounds is a rugged ATV paradise with more than four miles of track and plenty to excite riders of any skill level. The heavily-wooded courses offer stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape, not to mention fixed obstacles sure to get the pulse pounding. You may also switch to the indoor pit track for a change of pace.
- Rausch Creek MX and ATV Park – Tremont, PA
Rausch Creek is conveniently located along Interstate 81 near the city of Pottsville. It’s a haven for bikers of all skill levels. With great views of the Allegheny Front and trails that hold up well in virtually any weather, Rausch Creek is a great place to escape the city for a day (or longer!)
- Evansville MX Park – Berwick, PA
Evansville MX Park has motocross and supercross amenities, plus miles of wooded trails suitable for all skill levels. Visit during the spring for a true “tough mudder” experience, or come back in fall for unbelievable foliage views. Once you’ve had your fill of the trails, head into the pretty, little town of Berwick for a bite to eat.
- Slippery Rock Dunes – Slippery Rock, PA
Slippery Rock Dunes has a state-of-the-art motocross course and plenty of wooded trails to stretch your bike to its limits. With onsite campgrounds and modern restroom/shower facilities, you’ll be tempted to post up here for way longer than advisable. Also of note is the ever-popular kids’ track that’s renowned for its gentle grades and ever-educational obstacle course. Once you’re done biking for the day, drop a line into the property’s river and see if you can’t catch yourself some dinner out under the stars.
- Doublin Gap MX – Shippensburg, PA
Double down on Doublin Gap, where it’s all motocross all the time. This is one of Pennsylvania’s premier racing tracks. If you have any interest in learning how the pros get it done, Doublin Gap is well worth the drive. The track’s staff grooms nearly year-round, so you’re highly unlikely to run into trouble here.
What’s your favorite Pennsylvania motocross track?