South Central PA Countryside Loop

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 8 visitors


State: Pennsylvania
Date Submitted: July 1, 2008
Submitted by: Tim
Motorcycle Road Length: 100 Miles Miles

Written Directions

Start at the North mountain Inn, 3636 Waggoner's Gap Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015, Follow Rt 74 North to Rt 274 West towards Blain for about 18-20 miles. Then take Rt 75 South towards Fannettsburg (in Fannettsburg stop at the Lakeside for a drink) Continue on 75 South to RT 30. Take 30 west towards Mcconnellsburg at the top of the Mountain is the Mountain Top bar, (this bar is very Biker friendly and the view is incredible). This will be the turnaround point. When leaving the mountaintop bar head East on RT 30, stay on Rt 30 east towards Chambersburg for about 25 miles. Once outside Chambersburg take Rt 233 north through Caledonia State park, continue to follow 233 north towards Pine Grove Furnace state park for about 8-10 miles. Continue to follow 233 North towards Newville. Once Outside of Newville take 944 east to 74 South. Trip ends where it began at the North Mountain Inn at 3636 Waggoner's Gap Rd Carlisle, PA.

Scenery  

Scenery description: On this route there are many hills and valleys. You will be traveling through a couple state parks and farmland and the views are spectacular. The beautiful state parks that you will pass through or pass by are: Cowans Gap State Park, Caledonia State Park, and Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Road Quality  

Lots of twists and turns riding up the mountainside and some PA state parks. If you like incline riding then this is for you as you go up at least three mountains. These roads are very good quality very few pot holes if any.

Roadside Amenities  

Stop at the Mountain Top bar on Rt 30 for beautiful views and gorgeous bartenders.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on January 14, 2011
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Andy Lonewolf
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I am from Pa. and love the state, more freedom than where I live now in Md. It is nice to be able to take off the "plastic hat" on a hot summer day and ride the back roads of Pa. This ride through Caledonia and on Rt. 30 up to Mountain Top is a very pleasurable ride, My wife and I do it offten, My favorite ride how ever was when I took Rt.15 N, Rt.6 W. to the Allegheny National Forrest Rt. 19 S to Pittsburgh to visit my mother and come back on Rt. 30 or Rt. 31. Try it , you will like it
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Reviewed by Guest on January 13, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: bniggs
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: this rout is a great ride. i live right off of 30 near fayetteville and love to ride the state parks. only thing i would say to change is to ride the ridge down to cowans gap lake. its a blast of a road and beautiful forests.
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Reviewed by Scruff on April 25, 2016
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Scruff
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Hammered out this route this weekend and it was an absolute joy. Weather was perfect as were the roads. My only complaint is the stop-and-go with the lights through Chambersburg. Will definitely be hitting this one a couple times this season.
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Reviewed by Scruff on March 2, 2016
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Creator: Scruff
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I ride PA-74 and PA-233 often as I'm local to this area. Definitely my two favorite roads that I've found so far. I haven't hit PA-274 or the western part of PA-30 yet so I'm looking forward to ripping through those this season. Only complaint about PA-74 is that there is some gravel around the corners as you're going over the mountain.
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Reviewed by enormiss on August 11, 2014
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Creator: Norm
motorcycle_make: gs
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Map incorrectly shows route taking highway instead of the very nice 233. This is a good loop but dont be afraid to venture off 75 or 30 for good backroads. For example heading south on 75 turn right at sign for cowans gap and a left at the end. This will put you at mountain top baradding nice twisties and eliminate backtracking.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 22, 2011
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Creator: MARK
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great Ride, nice roads
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Reviewed by Guest on October 10, 2008
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Creator: Shannon Hinds
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: my husband(honda vtx 1300) and i(honda 750 areo) rode from ohio. we stayed in chambersburg and did the loop. we went to the mountian top bar the food was good, the owner cool, the view wonderful. Caution if you go through cowans gap- there are BEARS!!! one darted in front of us on the ride, its beautiful there but do the 30 mph speed, the curves make you want to go faster but don't. would reccommend trip.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 10, 2008
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Creator: brad morgan
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Victory
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is a great route ! I ride these roads often myself and thisroute is a good combination of roads with a lot to offer !
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