Gold Mine Road to Route 125

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 17 visitors


State: Pennsylvania
Date Submitted: August 1, 2007
Submitted by: Mac
Motorcycle Road Length: 33 Miles Miles

Written Directions

To start this route, you need to get to Swatara State Park which is about 20 miles north east of Harrisburg, PA. In Swatara State Park, you'll find Gold Mine Road which you want to get on and head north into Tower City. Follow Gold Mine road to the stop sign at intersection of route 325. Take a right on 325 (head east) into Tower City and when 325 intersects Route 209 take a right on to Route 209 (head east). Go to the top of the big hill and continue on slowly to Main Street. Take a left on to Main Street. At the stop sign check out the albino deer at the house on the right. At the same stop sign go straight through and you will be on Route 125. Take Route all the way up to Shamokin - the end point. From there you can go left on Route 61 North and this will take you to Shamokin Dam.

Scenery  

This is a very scenic ride with views of the valleys from mountaintops. It also travels through the open valleys and farmlands. This is an exceptional ride in the fall when the leaves are turning color.

Road Quality  

This is an excellent ride for those of you that like the challenge of a hilly, twisty road. The road is in good condition and has several switchbacks.

Roadside Amenities  

This ride is through the mountains so there is only one town on the ride, which is Tower City. Food and gas is available there. For a good meal after arriving at Shamokin continue north on route 61 to Shamokin Dam. Yes, these are two different towns with similar names. There you will find many restaurants and stores. My favorite is Skeeter's BBQ, located on top of the hill at the "Y" intersection of routes 15 and 11.

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Reviewed by PaMotorcycleTours on March 24, 2013
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Creator: Brad Morgan
motorcycle_year: 2012
motorcycle_make: Kaw Concours 14
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: This combo of Gold-Mine Road and Pa 125 to Shamokin is one of the most challenging roads in Pa if taken at a spirited pace. There are quite few tight switchbacks, elevation changes, sweepers and some wide open spaces.

For more:

http://www.pa-mag.com/2009/10/05/pa-125-gold-mine-rd/
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Reviewed by Guest on May 28, 2014
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Creator: spokexx
motorcycle_year: 1986
motorcycle_make: Interceptor 500
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: I can also recommend taking Molleystown Rd when leaving Pine Grove on 125. It leaves 125, goes past Rausch Creek off road park and then reconnects with 125 after Main st. Great twisties and Fresh asphalt too.
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Reviewed by XAC0695 on January 27, 2014
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Creator: Dale M
motorcycle_year: 1979
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Enduro
Comment: I have ridden this road many times over the years on a Road King, Dual Sport bikes, and various sportbikes. Also driven it many times in a pickup hauling my dirt bike up to Shamokin/Treverton to ride the strip mines and I always long to be on a bike. This road is fun on any type of bike in either direction although I prefer northbound. There are a few sneaky turns and blind crests on this road so I don't recommend a bonzai run on your first trip. Prerun 1 direction and then give it a more agressive run on the way back. Many sportbike guys do this as an out-back trip anyway. If you live within an hour of the south end of this route you can run up to Shamokin for a late breakfast/early lunch and be home in time to catch the ballgame. Its a great half day trip for anyone in Eastern Pa or Northern Md.
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Reviewed by Fishbizkit on June 22, 2013
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Creator: Fishbizkit
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Victory Vegas
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Whenever we can figure out where to go, this is the ride we end up doing. Some times we just head up to Skeeters after work in the summer.

This is a fantastic ride. The roads are all well maintained and smooth. The scenery is great. The road is well marked, no "gotcha!" curves. Watch out after heavy rain, there's often wash out and mud on the north side of the ride.

We ride from Harrisburg, starting at 443, to Goldmine, to 125, to 61, and stop at Skeeters. Then head down 11/15 back to Harrisburg.
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Reviewed by Len1957 on November 30, 2011
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Creator: Len1957
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I took 125 from the north down to 443 outside of Pine Grove that 3 mile strait is great to open it up! I went on down 443 to 22/322 and up 147 to 254 and home to Dallas, Pa what a ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on November 7, 2010
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Creator: Brian
motorcycle_year: 1981
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I have ridden this road many times and every time I do, I have a smile on my face. It is fun dragging the pegs on a Goldwing.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 5, 2010
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Creator: Church
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: This is the best road I have found in PA, and there are some nice roads in PA. 125 is best ridden north bound. We loop it in with RT 339 south bound and get a great day of fast riding. We usually stop up in Bloomsburg for lunch and gas. Ride it at least once a month for the past couple years.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 4, 2010
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Creator: FJ
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: If you stop in Shamokin, eat at Harry's. Right in town on PA 125 (Market Street) Outstanding food at outstanding prices. The road has a series of ridges it crosses, and each one has a sharp curve, usually on both sides of the mountains. Many sport bike riders like it, but many riders get in trouble due to not expecting the corners being what they are. I suggest picking it up down by Pine Grove and riding the entire road. Get gas before you get on, not much on PA 125. I live about 20 miles from 125, and this road and PA45 (and PA 445 north out of Millheim) are some of the best roads around. Just be sure you have gas. for any of them. Enjoy.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 21, 2009
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Creator: Nick
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: just did this ride today amazing. had an alternative route planned for the trip home but just pulled a U-turn at the end of shamokin and went back the same way.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 10, 2009
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Creator: Jay S.
motorcycle_year: 1995
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: This was a great ride! I took this ride with my buddy who is new to motorcycling, so I had to take the twisties slower than normal. I would like to go back again and hit it a little harder. The scenery is great and the road quality ovrall is good, but watch it if there was weather recently. The BBQ place in Shamokin Dam (smokey's I think) is fantastic and worth the trip! There is also a seafood place we want to try.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 5, 2009
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Creator: huck
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I start this ride at Ft. Indiantown Gap and complete the loop by taking Rt 225 from Shamokin through Elizabethville and Halifax to 22/322 east. Follow that to Rt 443 east back to Indiantown Gap. Great trip.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 5, 2009
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Creator: dornchas
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Victory
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I cruise this road all the time, except I take off down 325. It has a great rolling stretch that takes you to 15, and a great view along the watershed lake, and property!
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Reviewed by Guest on December 30, 2008
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Creator: spokexx
Comment: 125 is like the Tail of the Dragon for PA. i LOOOVE this road, get a knee down for sure.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 27, 2008
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Creator: Mike & Sharon
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great ride! Not much traffic if you want to take your time and cruise along a slower pace to take in the scenery, or if you need to push the limits of your abilities. Some tight turns and extreme elevation changes will keep your interst peeked.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 27, 2008
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Creator: Gary Savage
motorcycle_year: 2001
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Hi Mac,
Thought it was you when I saw the stop at Skeeters. Great ride and good food at Skeeters.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 3, 2008
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Creator: Crash
motorcycle_year: 1998
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: In Shamokin Dam at Just South of the Rt15 / Rt 11 Split is an Econo Lodge. In the lodge is Villa Sanchez. Best authentic Mexican food I have ever had outside of Mexico, and you can't beat the reasonable price or great service. A favored stop when in that area!!
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Reviewed by Guest on December 28, 2007
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Creator: brad morgan
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Victory
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: The combination of Goldmine Road and PA125 is great ! You can take it easy and enjoy the scenery and the elevation changes OR you can really challenge yourself on the tight turns - this can be a great workout for you and your scooter if you take it aggressively - be carefull though - this road has claimed more than a few bikers of late who pushed it beyond their limits.
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