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The Early Bird Gets the Mud

Want to get your blood pumping and the mud flying? Grab your mountain bike and head to Rothrock State Forest near State College, Pennsylvania. This area offers trails that vary greatly in technical difficulty. The terrain is mainly hilly and there is a good mix of single track and double track trails. The 36-mile Rothrock TrailMix course provides a combination of the best trails within Central Pennsylvania's Rothrock State Forest. The rains of April have drenched everything and heightened the trees' pungent aroma. You'll be mesmerized by the ancient hemlock forest - the country's oldest stand of hemlocks. Another defining highlight of the route is the rocks, or as they are called by some "Tombstones," are awkward-shape stones that stick a few inches out of the ground at all angles. 

Trails are open from April to November. Expected ride times for a pro-rider would be three hours, and up to six hours for the experienced recreational rider. Not a pro-rider, no worries, there are beginner and intermediate trails. For more information on specific trail loops, click here. To access the trails, turn off US Route 322 toward Tussey Mountain Ski Resort (about 5 miles east of State College). Follow the road about a quarter mile past the ski resort to a Bureau of Forestry parking area on your left.

After a day on the trails, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at the famous Penn State Creamery. Try the Peachy Paterno or Lion Tracks. Finish your day with a stay at a nearby Bed & Breakfast.

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Springfield House Exterior

Springfield House Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 0mi
Rock Garden B&B Exterior

Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

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Distance: 1.4mi
Earlystown Front View

Earlystown Manor Bed & Breakfast

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Distance: 3.2mi
Shields House Front Porch

Shields House Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 6.6mi
Reynolds Mansion exterior

Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 9.4mi
Riffles & Runs B&B

Riffles & Runs Bed and Breakfast

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$100 - $199
Distance: 9.5mi
Bellefonte B&B Exterior View

Bellefonte Bed and Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 9.6mi
The Queen Exterior View

The Queen, A Victorian Bed and Breakast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 9.7mi
Our Fair Lady Victorian B&B Front View

Our Fair Lady, A Victorian B&B

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 9.8mi
Inn at Solvang in Winter

The Inn at Solvang

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 19.5mi

Deer Hollow Bed and Breakfast

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$100 - $199
Distance: 21.8mi
Gage Mansion Exterior View

Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 23.1mi
Wilson House Bed and Breakfast Front view

Juniata Valley Winery and Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 24.9mi