Bald Eagle State Forest - Trail, Livonia, Pennsylvania

Bald Eagle State Forest - Trail, Livonia, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

There are tons of trails here to piece together an epic XC trip. You probably won''t see another rider all day. The trails range from forest roads, grassy double track, to technical single track and even a few downhill bombers. Cowbell Hollow is a local favorite.

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[Dec 01, 2013]
Iamrockandroll13
Cross Country Rider

Bald Eagle State Forest is an ENORMOUS place filled with great single track riding. At well over 200,000 acres, you would do well to pick up a Purple Lizard map at one of the local bike shops if you want to explore it. It abuts Rothrock State forest on the west side for even more single track possibilities. Home to portions of the Wilderness 101 and a few stages of the Transylvania Epic, Bald Eagle State Forest is home to some excellent riding of nearly every variety from gravel fire roads and rail trail to extremely technical, steep, gnarly downhill single track. I regularly ride the trails in the vicinity of R.B. Winter State Park.

Customer Service

Start At the campground parking lot at RB Winter, arrive at or before day break, or bring lights.

Boiling Springs Tr -> Power Line (North) -> Hambone Tr -> Black Gap Road -> Disabled Sportsman's Access Trail (Jamboree) East to West -> McCall Mt Tr -> Tunis Road (West) -> Hough Mt Tr -> Hall Tr -> Black Gap Tr West Section -> Jamboree (East, to bypass middle black gap tr) -> Black Gap Trail, East Section -> Black Gap Road (West) -> White Deer Creek Trail (cross McCall Dam road and ride the full trail) -> White Deer Creek Road -> Garden Hollow Road -> Duncan Trail -> Cooper Mill Road (South) -> Cowbell Hollow -> White Deer Creek Road (South) -> Running Gap Road -> Top Mountain Trail -> Cooper Mill Road (South) -> Old Tram Trail -> Boiling Springs Trail -> back to the parking lot. Should be a nice 50+ mile day of 90% single track at least.

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Fallen Timber Trail
Douty Mill Trail
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Mags trail (Be careful, abrupt change from fast smooth descent to ultra gnarly rocks.)
Webster Trail
Strong Mountain Road
Longwell Draft Road
Poe Paddy Drive
Mile Run Trail

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5
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5
[May 24, 2013]
Man from Utopia
Cross Country Rider

I'll review Cowbell Trail, Top Mountain Trail and a few other great trails in the northern most section of Bald Eagle State Forest Near R.B. Winter State Park. Why this is all lumped together under BESF which covers 5 counties and roughly 200,000 acres of land is a huge understatement.

Cowbell Trail-Best west to east. Nice flowy single track with a nice albeit rocky downhill at the end to Whitedeer creek. Laurel can get kinda tight which makes it all the more fun.

Top Mountain Trail-Best from east to west. Starts out nice and soon turns into a long rocky climb with a few reprieves that allow you to catch your breath a little before more heart pounding climbing. Challenging but doable if your in decent shape. When you get to the top it's more rocks all the way. Again, challenging but doable. Be sure to check out the vista on top to the right a little bit off the trail. Once the rocks get fewer and farther between you'll know you're getting close to the ending downhill on Cooper Mill Rd.

Old Tram Trail-Best east to west from Cooper Mill Rd. Great XC single track, not much climbing or downhill but with some rock gardens thrown in. Nicely groomed for cross country skiers. Ends up on Sand Mt Rd near the RB Winter Camping area.

Jamboree Trail/McCall Field Rd. Old lane turned into a logging rd. Best East to west starting on Black Gap Rd. Ride this to the top where there is a clearing on the left (1st landing for logging) Ride through the little clearing and there is a new trail. Nice XC single track with a few rocky sections. Ends on Tunis Rd.

Black Gap Trail-Best from west to east from Engle Rd. Tight rocky single track some sections can turn into a stream after heavy rains which is gouging out some ruts not to mention the motorcycle race that tears through there once a year.

Whitedeer Creek Trail. Great either direction. Black Gap Rd to McCall Dam Rd. Another great XC trail. Some rocks (big surprise) no climbs or descents, follows the creek. You can continue this trail from McCall Dam Rd to Garden Hollow Rd (almost).

Duncan Trail-Great either direction. From Garden Hollow Rd to Cooper Mill Rd. This is another old railroad bed grown over. Not rocky and not too tight but can be bumpy from all the rr ties underneath.

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5
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4
[May 20, 2013]
heyjamesguesswhat
Weekend Warrior

I rode the Top Mountain trail east to west, then cut up Cooper Mill rd and rode the Cowbell Hollow west to east.
Top Mountain was an absolutely punishing ride on my hardtail. After dancing in and out of the pedals a few times I just dismounted and hiked the rocky terrain.
I will definitely not ride Top Mountain again on a hard tail.

Cowbell Hollow was a great ride, and it totally made up for the misery/shame of hiking my bike through the rocks of Top Mountain. For some reason, the DCNR maps I used showed both trails as having "extremely rocky" sections. I kept waiting for a section as bad as the one on Top Mountain, but it never came. The only real reason to dismount was a few blowdowns that hadn't been cleaned up.
Cowbell Hollow has some rewarding climbs and really fun descents, with not too much technical stuff going on. Just a few rocks and pretty minor log crossings (think single log in the trail). I'll ride this one again for sure.

Customer Service

Cowbell Hollow West to East. Going the other way looks no fun at all.

If you ride Top Mountain I recommend East to West. There's a long, rocky descent at the end that you don't want to miss. And don't take a hard tail!

You'll have to ride some roads to throw a loop together, but their gravel forest service roads.

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I'll post some more as I ride them.

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3
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4
[Aug 03, 2009]
RBsixseven
Weekend Warrior

Top Mountain trail beat the living crap out of my hardtail. There is some decent singletrack, but most of the trail is fields of sharp rocks you have to slowly pick through. There's a beautiful vista as a reward for the punishment, followed by a pucker-inducing rocky downhill to keep you on your toes. Lots of rocks after that, some grassy trail and a few more rocks. This trail is better suited to someone with a full-suspension rig and big knobbies to float over the rocks. Not too aerobic, fairly technical though.

Customer Service

Park at the bottom of the hill on the Running Gap Road end of the trail and ride up to the trailhead, then prepare for a beating.

Similar Products Used:

Cowbell Hollow, Rothrock SF

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3
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3
[Jun 02, 2008]
barkeep
Weekend Warrior

I had a few hours to ride this area - and chose the Top Mountain Trail. Not a bad choice - but rode West-East - and if you go here - do not try to start from the high point of the entrance of Cooper Mill. I believe there is a better entrance when traveling that direction (further down the road?). It was 1/2 mile of unrideable 8-12" sharp rocks. It's double track the whole way - and offers a few small climb challenges - but it is not a technically advanced trail.

Putting any loop together with this ride will give you a solid workout since you've got to do a climb or two to access/return.

Customer Service

THe map mentioned prior is the best resource for trail info. THere's a visitors center in Lewisburg on Market street that apparently has copies.

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3
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3
[Jun 20, 2006]
prophetjz
Racer

Sometimes you have to ride the fireroads to find the good singletrack, Blad Eagle is a prime example of that. My buddy has a cabin close to Cowbell Hollow, which is an incredible trail (recommend riding west to east starting at Cooper Mill road). So dont vandalize any cabins! An excellent map was made by a Bucknell professor, here's the link : http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/marsh/small_bikemap.jpg
Be aware, some trails are taken back by the forest and can be hard to follow. The route I suggest is easy to follow. Cowbell can get narrow with overgrown brush, wearing pants is not a bad idea.

Customer Service

A smaller version on the epic Cowbell Hollow Loop is Cowbell Hollow trail to Running Gap Road to Top Mountain Trail, take a left down the wicked downhill of Glen Cabin Trail marked blue and finish it off with Spruce run road and Cooper Mill Rd to wherever you choose to park (I suggest the bridge over White Deer Creek at Cooper Mill).

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Down the Stoney Gap Trail is fun and isnt too steep to climb, Rocky Bottom Trail is nice singletrack. I do NOT recommend S. Running Gap Trail or Buck Trail, they are the few trails that once existed and have since grown in making it impossible to follow let alone ride.

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4
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4
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