Explore our Region

In 2015, The City of Reading proudly announced that it has been awarded the national designation of a Bike Friendly Community at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists.  In addition, the area received an IMBA Bronze-Level Ride Center Designation! We are really proud of that. The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA's Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. This designation is designed to support local stakeholders and land managers in their effort to create the ultimate mountain biking destination trail system. Read more about these accomplishments on our Completed Projects page under the 2015-2016 archive.

BAMBA promotes responsible and respectful riding of the shared-use trails throughout our region.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to understand the unique expectations of the trail network before embarking on a ride.  It is a gift, not a privilege, to have access to these beautiful trail systems.  Please help us preserve this gift for future generations.  Read more about responsible riding here

Mount Penn Preserve & Antietam Lake Park

Mt. Penn Preserve is almost 40 miles of all mountain trails.  If you like rocks, roots and technical trail features this is your place!  It is also home to the gravity trail Skyline, currently getting some enhancements.   Click here for trail maps and more information.   

Antietam Lake Park is located at the northeast side of Mt. Penn.  The lake is surrounded by 665 acres of land and 12 miles of trails.  Click here for trail maps and more information.  

Blue Marsh Lake & Skills Area

Blue Marsh Lake has over 35 miles of cross country trails. There are options to ride sections or to ride an entire 30 mile loop around the beautiful lake.  

BAMBA has partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers in a multi-phase trail restoration program. Be sure to check out the new Skills Area!  Click here for trail maps and more information.

Neversink Mountain Preserve

Neversink Mountain Preserve is over 22 miles of  long climbs and old-school singletrack.  There are also many historical sites throughout the Preserve, and an amazing overlook on the south side. 

Be sure to click here for trail maps and parking information.  There are over a dozen private land owners within the Preserve; please respect all private property boundaries.  

French Creek State Park

 French Creek State Park offers 25 miles of rocky, technical riding.  Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands, and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp, and bike.   Click here for trail maps and more information. 

Schuylkill River Trail (SRT)

The SRT was rated #1 urban trail in the USA in 2015. It is a 120 mile gravel multi-use trail extending from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia. Most of the trail is built over abandoned railroad lines with some sections still in progress. The surface is mostly crushed stone with some paved surfaces. It is a popular throughway for many mountain bikers, as it connects Neversink Mountain to Reading by the Exeter Scenic Trail. It also connects Reading to Blue Marsh by Gring's Mill using the Union Canal Towpath Trail.  
If you are looking for a scenic gravel ride, this is your spot!  Click here for trail maps and more information.

Gravity Trail

The Gravity Trail used to be a gravity railroad and has been repurposed as a 4 mile multi-use trail.  It is a popular way to connect Antietam Lake Park and Neversink Mountain Preserve, often referred to as a "Double Mountain Ride".  Sections of the rail beds are still noticeable in certain areas.  It passes through several city-owned parks.
Click here for more information and click here for trail map. 

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