What is the Public Lands Ride?
In September 2019, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council hosted its inaugural Public Lands Ride, a mixed-surface group bike ride at Black Moshannon State Park and Moshannon State Forest. This year, we decided to go “virtual,” taking an opportunity to showcase the breadth and variety of public lands throughout the Commonwealth by encouraging folks to get out and explore in small groups at various state parks and forests throughout the greater central Pennsylvania region. All the parks we are featuring offer camping, so go ahead and make a weekend of it!
How to participate
From June through August, we will be publishing blog posts highlighting 6-8 different routes of 45-60 miles in length, each starting and ending at a Pennsylvania state park and venturing into the surrounding state forests. Ride as many routes as you can during the month of September and share your adventures on social media for a chance to win swag from some of our partners. We also have 100 limited edition Public Lands Ride patches to give away to the first 100 people who ride at least 3 routes and share!
Ways to share
- • Hashtag: #pecpubliclandsride2020
- • Instagram: Tag @pecpubliclandsride
- • Facebook: Tag the PEC Public Lands Ride page and/or post in the PEC Public Lands Ride Facebook group.
Tagging helps us find your posts so that you have a chance to win swag or get a patch!
All route descriptions include a RideWithGPS map/downloadable GPX file and a link to purchase the corresponding Purple Lizard Map of the region to enable further exploration.
We have put together routes in the following parks/forests:
- • Parker Dam State Park/Moshannon State Forest
- • Trough Creek State Park/Rothrock State Forest
- • R.B. Winter State Park/Bald Eagle State Forest
- • Reeds Gap State Park/Bald Eagle State Forest
- • Laurel Ridge State Park/Forbes State Forest
- • Black Moshannon State Park/Moshannon State Forest
…and possibly a couple others!
Is there a registration fee?
There is no registration fee, but we do encourage riders to make a donation to the Friends groups for the parks at which they ride if they are able. Links to these groups can be found in each route description on the PEC blog.