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Bellefonte Railroad

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The main artery is the old rail bed and is quite wide. This runs from behind Confers under 322 and out beyond Toftrees and the Golf Course. There are many single-track options off of this path that will lead you to the "Deer Pens", Campus, the Golf Course, and the "322 run-off tunnel". :) Trails range from beginner to intermediate. The proximity to campus and town makes this a nice hour or two excursion that you don't have to drive to.
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Latitude
40.80542887583346
Longitude
-77.87907600402832
Trail Directions
Can be accessed from Sunset Park (off of Park Avenue on the North side of Campus). Or from Clinton Ave off of North Atherton (behind Joel Confer and the Waffle Shop). Can also be accessed behind the Penn State Food Services building near lot 80.
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
State College
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Review Date
March 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: dukeblaster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
its good if you want to just go for a easy ride in between class or something. poeple are building log rides next to that park "sunset park something" i donno its behind east halls. some fun stuff back there, mainly the few log rides.

Recommended Route:
start behind east halls area, go in those back neighborhoods and there is a trail near sunset park or something and its starts out as paved... hang a right into the first dirt trail you see that goes into the woods. log rides/jumps are before that steeper hill to your right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
rothrock... way better but REALLY far to bike to, get a car or a buddy with a car



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Review Date
March 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Penn State

Summary:
There is nothing too terribly difficult in here. It pales in comparison to the stuff out at Rothrock, rather similar to some of the stuff out at Scotia. However, it is very high in convience since its right behind campus, no need more a car to get there and you can ride in on a budgeted time schedule. Rather unused, especially considering it backs up on a 40,000 student university, actually thats a good thing. The main spine of the trail in the old railroad bed. It starts just off North Atherton behind Chi-Chi's & Joel Conifer's Dealership. It then runs through the Big Hollow on Penn State land, out under the US-322 bypass onto Toftrees land, parallels 322, then cuts through the golf course before going back into the woods behind Toftrees. Railroad dumps you out in a new housing development near the Stevenson Road, US-322 Business & bypass Scotia Road interchange. In the past it was possible to ride a trail which dumped you out on 322 where you could ride across and take Scotia Road to the gamelands, but construction on the new I-99 interchange has blocked this. You can probably still get through somewhere, depends on how much you want to play in traffic or going through a blasting zone. Numerous, numerous side trails, loops, other roads, etc. Riding the railroad bed really isn't a whole lot of fun, unless you are a beginner. However, its a good way to get back fast if its getting dark or the weather turns.
At the one end, Sunset Park has some short singletrack loops. Most branch off the paved path near the top of the hill, some small logs to hop over, also a crappy BMX track in there too. These wind through the flat woods on top and all have a fairly steep drop down to the old railroad bed. There is an easy drop, an intermediate one that can be rather muddy sometimes, another one that rather advanced, and another drop which is very techical descend through some large rocks with trees in the middle, I've yet to see someone ride this one clean. There are kind of two trails in the area through the Penn State Water Supply/Big Hollow Area. There is the old railroad bed itself, which was overgrown to a singletrack, but has been cleared wider in some parts recently and there is a two track road that parallels the railroad to access the pumphouses. Many side loops in the area where the railroad trail and Big Hollow Road meet up. Ride up the hill on Big Hollow Road to the back on Penn State across from East Halls. Go out the other way on Big Hollow Road to Fox Hollow Road. Here you can go under 322, continue on Big Hollow Road and find a good amount of riding over there in the Deer Pens area, and behind the Penn Stater. No real loops over there, just plenty of singletrack, double track, old fireroads, and dirt roads that wind around. Nothing too difficult, just rolling stuff, and trails that go up and down the side hills of the Big Hollow. Can't really get to lost, you'll pop out somewhere before too long. Some trails loop up behind the airport and you can make your way out that way too. Singletrack loops branch off Big Hollow Road near the pumphouses and climb up and down the side hill by the railroad bed. Also loops branch off the railroad bed by the 322 underpass that circle through the water supply area, woods, and whatnot. Two decent drops in the area, one rather techical. Going under 322, now in Toftrees. Numerous loops branch off going up the hillside here. Can ride a gravel road out to Fox Hollow to connect with other trail too. Many singletrack loops in the hillside. One parallels the railroad bed up the hill, other makes a fun uphill-downhill route by climbing one way and dropping the other. Has some fun log jumps built on it. Riding out passes through the golf course, cross the road, more golf course then can re-enter the woods on the railroad bed. This area has many, many, side trails-singletrack, double track, old fireroads, old railroad beds. Easy to get confused, but can't get too lost. Some fun, fast downhills, nothing to difficult. This trail may not be as difficult as others around, but you can make it what you'd like. It ranks high because its so close and easy to get to. Also a good choice in the late fall hunting season since much of the trail is on safe land, away from the hunters. Usually fairly dry too, fairly fast.

Recommended Route:
Many places to drop into the trail. I enter either through Sunset Park at the end of McKee Street or off on Big Hollow Rd. behind Penn State Lot 83N. Can ride as long or as short as you'd like. Also can make is as difficult as you'd like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shingletown, Scotia, Rothrock.



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