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Gold Mine Road to Route 125 + ADD NEW ROUTE


8   in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania33 Miles Miles

By Mac
on August 1, 2007

4.4out of 5

17 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

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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By PaMotorcycleTours
on March 24, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Kaw Concours 14

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

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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By Guest
on April 6, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

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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By Guest
on July 27, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

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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By Guest
on May 28, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1986

Motorcycle Make Interceptor 500

Motorcycle Type Sport

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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By XAC0695
on January 27, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1979

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Enduro

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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By Fishbizkit
on June 22, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Victory Vegas

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

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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By Len1957
on November 30, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Touring

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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By Guest
on November 8, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1981

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

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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By Guest
on November 5, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

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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By Guest
on August 4, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Standard

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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By Guest
on July 21, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

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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By Guest
on July 10, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1995

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

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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By Guest
on July 5, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

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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By Guest
on December 30, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

125 is like the Tail of the Dragon for PA. i LOOOVE this road, get a knee down for sure.

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By Guest
on March 27, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Hi Mac,
Thought it was you when I saw the stop at Skeeters. Great ride and good food at Skeeters.

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By Guest
on March 3, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

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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By Guest
on December 28, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

0.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Standard

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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