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4.67 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.67
3 Reviews

"Heck of a Route"

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By MCR Contributor (952 McR Points) on Jul 08, 2011

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jburr01369
June 27, 2017
The bridge across Dougherty Creek is currently (…
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Scruff
21 McR Points
April 25, 2016
Rode through the PA-75 and PA-74 of this route…
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Written Directions

route 944 from Enola cross I-81 and turn right onto Lamb's Gap Rd. turn Left onto PA Rte 850. follow 850 to PA Rte 74 and turn right. pass thru Ickesburg and turn left onto PA Rte 75. pick up 850 again and turn right. 850 will end at PA Rte 35. turn right. stay on 35 till you get to 333 and turn right again, towards Port Royal. stay on 333 all the way to Thompsontown. instead of getting on 322 at the first spot available, keep going- the road ends as a ramp onto 322 East. get off at the NEXT exit which advertises itself as being the exit for Hiway 17. turn right and follow the Juniata down to Newport. at Newport, cross the river (right turn) onto 34 S. follow Rte 34S thru Newport and pick up PA Rte 849, turn left onto it, and follow 849 down to Duncannon. at the stop sign, turn right and head into downtown Duncannon. run on thru town to US Rte 11/15 South back to Enola, Wormleysburg, Lemoyne, New Cumberland.

Scenery

a mix of mountains and valleys, rides along both Juniata and Susquehanna rivers

Drive Enjoyment

big mix of great twistys and broad sweeping turns, and flat straight runs up long valleys. you jump from valley to valley by going over ridges. fantastic mountain roads

Tourism Opportunities

best stop along this route is the old hotel in downtown Duncannon, the Doyle Hotel, which caters to Appalachian Trail Hikers. GREAT FOOD and decent micro brew selection, internet access. look for Amish buggies on Hiway 75, and around Ickesburg on Hiway 74. there's a great coffee shop in Newport, right on the square off Rte 34. the Doyle Hotel in Downtown Duncannon is GREAT, good home made food and good bottled micro brew selection, owners are SUPER nice folks who cater to hikers of the appalachian trail which runs nearby. on the run back South off US 11/15, go under the Tunnel in Marysville and stop for a bit to view the Susquehaana River at Mr G's. they have a GTEAT deck right on the river, but the food is better at the Doyle Hotel. then for a twist, go left out of Mr G's lot and ride right down along the river under the Rockville Bridge to view the Train yard above Enola. run on down to Valley road, turn left and go the short distance back to 11/15, make a right and follow on down to the 'burg.

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jburr01369
June 27, 2017
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
The bridge across Dougherty Creek is currently (June 2017) under construction. Must detour by right turn onto McCoysville Road (SR 3014).

The first left off McCoysville Riad is Sawmill Road: one mile unpaved gravel road which takes you back to 850. Otherwise, in McCoysville, a left onto McKinley Road (SR 3021) will take you to SR 35.
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Scruff
April 25, 2016
21 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Rode through the PA-75 and PA-74 of this route this weekend. Couldn't have asked for anything better! Speeds are 55 on back roads that connect small towns and are bordered by beautiful mountains on both sides. Roads were in great condition. The only downside to this route is that there are few amenities along the way. Makes it tough to spot for a bite to eat or a cold beverage.
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jburr01369
June 27, 2017
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
The bridge across Dougherty Creek is currently (June 2017) under construction. Must detour by right turn onto McCoysville Road (SR 3014).

The first left off McCoysville Road is Sawmill Road: one mile unpaved gravel road which takes you back to 850. Otherwise, in McCoysville, a left onto McKinley Road (SR 3021) will take you to SR 35.
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