PT1- Babcock Creek Road Trail- Easy Ride
PT2- Pot Ridge Road Trail- More Challenging
Call 814-266-9641 for more details.
The Babcock Creek Road trail is located on RT56, just past Windber as you travel towards Ogletown. The trail is located just opposite the Babcock Picnic Area. You can park in the picnic area, or in the parking area for the Lost Turkey Trail that is adjacent to the Babcock Creek Trail. The trail is short and flat, about 4 miles out and back- but the scenery is so beautiful you will tend to stop and enjoy. On the early April day the pictures were taken, the woodpeckers were out, deer were seen, and often you'll see wild turkeys and the occasional owl. When the leaves arrive, the forest floor is alive with deep green ferns and flowering Mountain Laurel. The trail surface is gravel and packed from auto traffic and easy for mountain and hybrid bikes with 35mm and wider tires to ride. The edge and center of the road is loose gravel, so avoid riding there. Always wear a good helmet! The end of the trail is marked with painted poles and a stop sign where it intersects with Strip Mine Road. That's where Part 2 of this ride begins. Description below.
YOU CAN DRIVE THE TRAIL FIRST TO "TRY IT OUT" IF YOU WISH!
MAP OF PART 2 AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
Gated sections like this are not accessable- stay on main road!
ABOVE: Babcock Creek Bridge
ABOVE: Turn-around point for the trail -Part 1
PART 2: Pot Ridge Road Loop
This section is a loop-around that brings you back to the Babcock Creek Trail. It has a short steep climb of 200 feet in the first section that leads to a terrific view at 2800 feet. After the first climb is over, it's mainly level or downhill. I recommend this loop for experienced riders in good condition on mountain bikes or fat bikes because the gravel is less packed down here and your front tire will "wash" out in turns if you're going too fast. So watch out, be careful, and wear a helmet!
This loop takes you past nesting birds, ponds, and views of the windmills.
Above: Loose gravel, less packed, througout the trail
Kiosk with maps and info
Above: A pair of geese enjoying the pond
Above, the "loop" brings you back to the Babcock Creek Trail
TO SEE MAP OF PART 2 CLICK HERE