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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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January 27, 2014
2 McR Points
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.