Imagine America after the Apocalypse: highways fallen into disrepair, forests crushing onto the roads, structures like tunnels and service plazas abandoned. No signs of active civilization. We can take you there, to a time and place that never existed. Is this the past or is it the future?
The Old PA Pike Trail is located only 22 miles away from Grouseland and is America's only abandoned Superhighway turned into a bike trail in the world.
In 1968 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (TPC) bypassed the Ray’s and Sidling Hill tunnels and 11 miles of pike, 8.5 miles of that abandoned trail are being used as a bike trail.
This section of the highway was completely abandoned by traffic and occasionally used by the TPC to train snow plow drivers, prototype rumble strips, road reflectors, reflective road pant, do vehicle crash, roll over, truck brake distance, road sign distance visibility tests and also for storage of jersey barriers.
In 2001, the PA Turnpike Commission sold the abandoned trail to the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy (SAC), a non-profit nature group preserving the environment in South Western and South Central Pennsylvania, covering Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.
Now plans are underway to convert this abandoned section of the PA turnpike into a multi-use trail and recreational destination.
Grouseland offers Pike2Bike Historical Tours of the trail. Come along with us as we take you to see the first rumble strips and road reflectors. We explore not only the tunnels, but the areas locked to the public. We will explain the history and the future plans of The Old PA Pike. And can guarantee this is the most unique (and strange) ride you will ever do.
The tours generally run 3-5 hours. Deluxe tours run 5-7 hours. Bring your own bikes or use ours. We supply lights and snacks. This, like all of our tours, is at your pace and comfort level. If you or someone in your group is not up to the 17-mile ride you can enjoy it from the back of our tandem, with no effort necessary!
The Deluxe Tour adds a hiking loop through the State Forest that brings you to the rail bed and culverts of the South Penn Railroad. This was the start of everything. Started and abandoned 130 years ago, with an arch stone culvert that runs for 200 feet, an amazing structure. We also visit the CCC camp and the director's cabin. We go into greater detail and show you much more. We will break for lunch so don’t forget to pack something!