Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route

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The Mid-Atlantic BDR (MABDR) is the eighth BDR route developed for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

MABDR is a scenic ride for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles that uses dirt, gravel and paved roads to wind through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Starting in Damascus Virginia, and ending in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, PA, this 1,080-mile route, primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes, to lead riders through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history. 

Join us for MABDR film sreenings at dealerships and theatres across the country beginning February.

The  film is also available for streaming or download on Vimeo.

The route is presented by American Honda Motor Corp., Inc.  

Cross Country Cycle is the official dealership of the MABDR route.


Route Updates

August 15, 2018 - Pemanent Route Change in Section 5.

August 14, 2018 - Michaux Dual Sport Ride on MABDR Sunday August 19th, Ride with Caution.

August 1, 2018 - Section 7 Route Alert - Big Dual Sport Ride Happening Sept 8, Ride with Caution

July 30, 2018 - Section 8 Update.

May 7, 2018 - MABDR RE-ROUTE IN SEC 6 - To avoid private land.

 

Backcountry Discovery Routes Currently in Development: 

California Backcountry Discovery Route South

California Backcountry Discovery Route North

North East Backcountry Discovery Route

South East Backcountry Discovery Route

Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route

Montana Backcountry Discovery Route

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The Inn at Gristmill Square (Warm Springs, VA, MABDR)

 

P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

Brandywine Recreation Area (Brandywine, WV, MABDR)

Swimming lake, bathrooms, showers, grills, tent sites = $16 (large enough
for 2 tents), hiking trails.

Sunoco Gas Station (Laurelton, PA, MABDR)

1415 state route 235
Laurelton PA 17835
Ph.5709221709

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

Mountain View Moto Campground (Elk Park, NC, MABDR)

165 Mountain View Lane (2,192.86 mi)
Elk Park, NC 28622

Ph. (828) 528-2861

Sunsational Family Campground (Millmont, PA, MABDR)

 

1120 Hoffman Lane
Millmont, Pa. 17845
570-922-CAMP ( 2267 )

Family owned campground offering $15 a night to BDR riders. Includes pool access

The Gateway Restaurant (Riverton, WV)

Briery Gap Rd, Riverton, WV 26814
Ph. (304) 567-2810

Fox's Pizza Den (Franklin, WV)

756 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2118

Korner Shop Café (Franklin, WV)

200 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2979

Star Hotel & Restaurant (Franklin, WV)

210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3580

Fireside Café (Franklin, WV)

927 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3733

Rite Aid Pharmacy (Franklin, WV)

Us 220 & 33, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7980

Great Value Grocery Store (Franklin, WV)

700 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7662

BP-Gas (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

532 North Main St, Franklin WV 26807

Exxon-Gas (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

27 Mountaineer Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-222

Thorn Spring Park (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

Thorn Spring Park (tent camping, cabins may be available)
42 All Star Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-7737

 

Ken Appel Property

31307 Oldtown Orleans Rd SE
Little Orleans, MD 21766
Ph.(301)723-0213

Hot showers. 100+ acres for camping. Some electric available. One 175 year old rustic log cabin with water/electric etc..

Damascus Old Mill Inn (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

215 West Imboden Street
Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (276)475-3745

Historic Hotel and Restaurant.

 

Trents Grocery - gas/food (Bland, VA, MABDR)

Crazy Larry's B&B/Cottage (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

209 Douglas Dr. Damascus, Virginia

Ph. (276) 274-3637

Hostel, cottage, and private rooms complete with showers, laundry, breakfast, snacks, and WiFi.

 

Loafers Glory B&B and Campground (Sugar Grove, WV, MABDR)

3576 Dry Run Road, Franklin WV 26807
Ph. (304)358-7034

One full apartment, two rustic camping cabins with 3-4 beds in each, and unlimited camping. Also, hot showers.

 

Laurel Run Cabins (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

22405 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Damascus, VA 24236
Ph.(336) 362-1372 

One and two bedroom cabins with large decks overlooking the river. All of the cabins have full bathrooms, kitchen, microwave, oven, coffee pot and Wi-fi.

Dancing Bear Bed and Breakfast (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

 

202 N Legion St, Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (423) 571-1830

Family owned Bed and Breakfast in Damascus, Virginia. Located within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and Virginia Creeper Trail.

 

LTD Vacation Rental Cabins (Petersburg, WV, MABDR)

 

147 LTD Drive Rough Run, WV 26847
Ph. 1-855-R-CABINS

5 cozy cabins with fully equipped kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, satellite TV, and full privacy from each other.

 

Poe Paddy Campground (Woodward, PA, MABDR)

1087 Poe Paddy Drive
Woodward , PA 16882 
Ph. (717)667-3622

Located at the junction of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B - Lodging (Pearisburg, VA, MABDR)

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B and B

Located on the MADBR Trail at the end of Day 1 and 1/2 mile from the Appalachian Trail.
Woods Hole is an isolated 1880’s Chestnut Log Cabin offering Private Indoor Rooms, Safari Tents, and Bunkhouse.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B
3696 Sugar Run Road 
Pearisburg, Virginia 24134

Phone: (540) 921-3444

Website: www.woodsholehostel.com

Damascus Diner - Food (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

Damascus DinerDamascus Diner

109 S Shady Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

(276) 475-5454 

Serves southern breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Dragonfly Inn - Lodging (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

Dragonfly InnDragonfly Inn

 125 E Laurel Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

Formerly known as Augusta's Appalachian Inn.

Each room comes with a private bath, as well as cable television and WiFi.

Breakfast for two is included with each stay and complimentary secure parking.

Horn Camp Schoolhouse - Lodging (Rio, WV, MABDR)

Horn Camp Schoolhouse 

2175 Horn Camp Rd Rio, WV 26755

Subway (Franklin, WV)

624 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2002

Antietam Creek Campsite (MABDR)

Mile Marker: 69.6

Just south of Sharpsburg, along Antietam Creek which feeds into the much larger and faster Potomac River directly adjacent to the campsite.

 

Smoke Hole Caverns Log Cabin Resort (Cabins, VA, MABDR)

8290 N Fork Hwy Cabins, WV 26855‎
Ph. (304)257-4442

Tourist attraction located in the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreational Area. Cozy log cabins and Cavern pool tours. 

Warm Springs Inn (Warm Springs, VA, MABDR)

12968 Sam Snead Hwy, Warm Springs, VA 24484
Ph.(540)839-5351

A landmark in Bath County since it was built in the late 1800's, this historical inn was established in the same building as the first courthouse and jail in the county.

Mountain Lake Lodge (Pembroke, VA, MABDR)

115 Hotel Cir
Pembroke, VA, 24136
Ph. (540)626-7121


This 3.5 star hotel features an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge, and wireless internet access.

 

Americas Best Value Inn (Marion, VA, MABDR)

1424 N Main St
Marion, VA 24354
Ph. (276) 378-0481

Standard three-star Hotel

 

The Inn at Gristmill Square (Warm Springs, VA, MABDR)

 

P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

Brandywine Recreation Area (Brandywine, WV, MABDR)

Swimming lake, bathrooms, showers, grills, tent sites = $16 (large enough
for 2 tents), hiking trails.

Sunoco Gas Station (Laurelton, PA, MABDR)

1415 state route 235
Laurelton PA 17835
Ph.5709221709

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

Mountain View Moto Campground (Elk Park, NC, MABDR)

165 Mountain View Lane (2,192.86 mi)
Elk Park, NC 28622

Ph. (828) 528-2861

Sunsational Family Campground (Millmont, PA, MABDR)

 

1120 Hoffman Lane
Millmont, Pa. 17845
570-922-CAMP ( 2267 )

Family owned campground offering $15 a night to BDR riders. Includes pool access

The Gateway Restaurant (Riverton, WV)

Briery Gap Rd, Riverton, WV 26814
Ph. (304) 567-2810

Fox's Pizza Den (Franklin, WV)

756 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2118

Korner Shop Café (Franklin, WV)

200 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2979

Star Hotel & Restaurant (Franklin, WV)

210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3580

Fireside Café (Franklin, WV)

927 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3733

Rite Aid Pharmacy (Franklin, WV)

Us 220 & 33, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7980

Great Value Grocery Store (Franklin, WV)

700 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7662

BP-Gas (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

532 North Main St, Franklin WV 26807

Exxon-Gas (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

27 Mountaineer Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-222

Thorn Spring Park (Franklin, WV, MABDR)

Thorn Spring Park (tent camping, cabins may be available)
42 All Star Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-7737

 

Ken Appel Property

31307 Oldtown Orleans Rd SE
Little Orleans, MD 21766
Ph.(301)723-0213

Hot showers. 100+ acres for camping. Some electric available. One 175 year old rustic log cabin with water/electric etc..

Damascus Old Mill Inn (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

215 West Imboden Street
Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (276)475-3745

Historic Hotel and Restaurant.

 

Trents Grocery - gas/food (Bland, VA, MABDR)

Crazy Larry's B&B/Cottage (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

209 Douglas Dr. Damascus, Virginia

Ph. (276) 274-3637

Hostel, cottage, and private rooms complete with showers, laundry, breakfast, snacks, and WiFi.

 

Loafers Glory B&B and Campground (Sugar Grove, WV, MABDR)

3576 Dry Run Road, Franklin WV 26807
Ph. (304)358-7034

One full apartment, two rustic camping cabins with 3-4 beds in each, and unlimited camping. Also, hot showers.

 

Laurel Run Cabins (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

22405 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Damascus, VA 24236
Ph.(336) 362-1372 

One and two bedroom cabins with large decks overlooking the river. All of the cabins have full bathrooms, kitchen, microwave, oven, coffee pot and Wi-fi.

Dancing Bear Bed and Breakfast (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

 

202 N Legion St, Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (423) 571-1830

Family owned Bed and Breakfast in Damascus, Virginia. Located within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and Virginia Creeper Trail.

 

LTD Vacation Rental Cabins (Petersburg, WV, MABDR)

 

147 LTD Drive Rough Run, WV 26847
Ph. 1-855-R-CABINS

5 cozy cabins with fully equipped kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, satellite TV, and full privacy from each other.

 

Poe Paddy Campground (Woodward, PA, MABDR)

1087 Poe Paddy Drive
Woodward , PA 16882 
Ph. (717)667-3622

Located at the junction of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B - Lodging (Pearisburg, VA, MABDR)

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B and B

Located on the MADBR Trail at the end of Day 1 and 1/2 mile from the Appalachian Trail.
Woods Hole is an isolated 1880’s Chestnut Log Cabin offering Private Indoor Rooms, Safari Tents, and Bunkhouse.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B
3696 Sugar Run Road 
Pearisburg, Virginia 24134

Phone: (540) 921-3444

Website: www.woodsholehostel.com

Damascus Diner - Food (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

Damascus DinerDamascus Diner

109 S Shady Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

(276) 475-5454 

Serves southern breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Dragonfly Inn - Lodging (Damascus, VA, MABDR)

Dragonfly InnDragonfly Inn

 125 E Laurel Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

Formerly known as Augusta's Appalachian Inn.

Each room comes with a private bath, as well as cable television and WiFi.

Breakfast for two is included with each stay and complimentary secure parking.

Horn Camp Schoolhouse - Lodging (Rio, WV, MABDR)

Horn Camp Schoolhouse 

2175 Horn Camp Rd Rio, WV 26755

Subway (Franklin, WV)

624 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2002

Antietam Creek Campsite (MABDR)

Mile Marker: 69.6

Just south of Sharpsburg, along Antietam Creek which feeds into the much larger and faster Potomac River directly adjacent to the campsite.

 

Smoke Hole Caverns Log Cabin Resort (Cabins, VA, MABDR)

8290 N Fork Hwy Cabins, WV 26855‎
Ph. (304)257-4442

Tourist attraction located in the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreational Area. Cozy log cabins and Cavern pool tours. 

Warm Springs Inn (Warm Springs, VA, MABDR)

12968 Sam Snead Hwy, Warm Springs, VA 24484
Ph.(540)839-5351

A landmark in Bath County since it was built in the late 1800's, this historical inn was established in the same building as the first courthouse and jail in the county.

Mountain Lake Lodge (Pembroke, VA, MABDR)

115 Hotel Cir
Pembroke, VA, 24136
Ph. (540)626-7121


This 3.5 star hotel features an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge, and wireless internet access.

 

Americas Best Value Inn (Marion, VA, MABDR)

1424 N Main St
Marion, VA 24354
Ph. (276) 378-0481

Standard three-star Hotel

 

MA1 Damascus to Newport Marathon Gas

Hyper awareness is your friend at the outset of this MABDR adventure: We suggest some good shut-eye followed by a double shot of your favorite type of caffeine in the morning. Get your motor running on Chestnut Mountain Road next to a waterfall, one of many that pool from nearby Valley Creek. Don’t let the lovely meandering route through Jefferson National Forest and along the flanks of Mt. Rogers dull your senses, the cinder-sized gravel has a tendency to berm up on both the center of the road and on the shoulders (not unlike a lot of the unpaved roads in Virginia and West Virginia). There is a scarcity of truly scenic vistas on many roads in the Mid-Atlantic States – happily you can enjoy a bathroom break at every top natural beauty spot on your journey. Make sure to hit up the overlook at Skulls Gap – the views are eye-popping! Once in Marion, check that your eyes are firmly back in their sockets lest the residents think the Zombie apocalypse has arrived on motorcycle. Sightseeing around the old historic quarter is well worth the time, as several buildings are ancient (by US standards), more than 200 years old. Upon leaving Marion, enjoy a fun game of hopscotch dancing back and forth from narrow paved county roads and along the edges of landowners’ homesteads, to tight-n-twisty mountain roads that swing from ridgeline to ridgeline. Wyrick Trail is an especially narrow two-track that balances atop any number of the area’s higher escarpments. Countless timber cuts along the route may have been felled to make way for power lines, but provide long and unobstructed views of the countryside. The Appalachian Trail crisscrosses the MABDR at numerous points, including the Brushy Mountain Outpost, a small grill and market where hungry hikers and bikers can restock. Dismal Creek Campground, a few miles up the road, is the perfect little campground for another great night of sleep. Fueling stops are few and far between in the Appalachians. Keep your eyes peeled for the Marathon Gas Station in Newport, Virginia (7891 Virginia Ave). Gas up your bike – and yourself – before moving on to the next segment of your trip.

MA2 Newport Marathon Gas to Covington

Sure you were “Born to Run,” but consider stepping into Johnny Castle and Baby’s dancing shoes for just a moment. Soon after kissing Newport goodbye, you’ll be guided to the iconic Mountain Lake Lodge via Mountain Lake Road (VA-700) and site of the beloved cheesy movie, Dirty Dancing. As they say, it’s hip to be square – we say, “Stay the night!” This high-country stone lodge simply oozes charm and offers amenities to satisfy royalty. But freedom calls, even to the high-born: escape on your motorized steed pointing it north toward the West Virginia state line atop lush tree-lined dirt roads. White Rocks Campground is close at hand for those who don’t identify with the princess or the pea. Now that you’re securely in West Virginia, look for the Potts Valley Rail Trail that overlays an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch Railroad. This 4.5 mile hiking and (mountain biking) route is popular with outdoor buffs and historic train enthusiasts – and a good excuse to stretch. Tub Run Road is a highlight! It’s a slim, super snaky and slightly technical dirt trail that has enough turns to make you feel like – well – Baby. Other jaunts of note are VA-311, a short paved segment, and Red Brush Road, a dirt ride. Red Brush is drier and brighter than Tub Run, but marked by ruts that require undivided attention. There are numerous camping opportunities in the area as well as lodging options in Covington.

MA3 Covington to Moorefield

Set several early alarms on your smartphone, ‘cause you’re about to embark on the longest day of the bike tour. Head northeast from Covington and get your jollies on early, too. You won’t need to be on full alert – yet – this stretch of road is milder than yesterday afternoon’s. And just like that, you’re smack dab in the middle of the George Washington National Forest, which, combined with Jefferson National Forest, means you’re about to savor the largest swath of public land in the Eastern U.S.! Allow this big bad beauty to wash over you while you soldier onward. Turn west toward historical Warm Springs, VA, as soon as you reach VA-39. The crystal-clear water that bubbles up to the surface from deep underground has been luring folks for generations, like Thomas Jefferson, who frequented these healing waters to alleviate his rheumatism. Legend has it that a Native American Indian discovered the pools after traveling far and wide – just like you. He was said to have been instantly rejuvenated – just like you? Thank heaven you just bathed in the fountain of youth: north of Warm Springs the roads are far twistier than any previous ones you’ve confronted – you’ll be cruising up and over mountain upon mountain and ridgeline after ridgeline that seem to go on forever. The best part of your day may just come at the end of the day: the riding ranges from narrow, hypnotically flowing one-lane blacktop, to constricted canyon-lined byways. Smoke Hole Canyon is especially thrilling given the pulsing South Branch of the Potomac River. Technically speaking, this segment ends in the town of Moorefield. We prefer to crash out at the Smoke Hole Resort, less than 20 miles south of town.

MA4 Moorefield to Shepherdstown

Although most of this segment is characterized by highly entertaining hours of skinny (and skinnier) modern-day paved mountain trails, you’d swear you’ve entered The Twilight Zone every time you get off of your bike to take a breather. Atypical historic points of interest dot the route, like Horn Camp Schoolhouse – the family that owns it lives to share the authentic structure and bygone experience with those who chance by. Another sideshow, literally impossible to miss, is the Oldtown Low Water Toll Bridge, one of the last few private toll roads operating in the 50 states. You have no choice but to stop and pay the whopping fee of $.50 to get to the other side. Even better, the operator pops out a long-handled steel cup out of the tollbooth window to capture your coins. Best of all, you’ll most likely hear, “You’ve just made my day!” as a way of thanks. Further up the road lies the Oak Barrel Café and Grocery, a quaint throw back and the place to fill up your tank and your belly and stock up on camping provisions for an overnight stay at Antietam Creek Campground on the banks of the mighty Potomac. The bloodiest single day in American military history occurred in the Civil War at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. Be sure to visit the on site museum, at the very least. Depending on how strongly you feel the lingering energy, you may run back to your bike instead of taking your time walking the fields where obscene numbers of Confederate and Union soldiers fell.

MA5 Shepherdstown to Mt Holly Springs

Much of the roads you’ll ride this morning are paved, a fortunate turn that allows for ample time visiting Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A significant Union army camp, headquarters site, and logistical supply base during the Civil War, it also served as the largest surrender point of Confederate forces at that time. Though shrouded by sad history, Harpers Ferry is captivating today for a host of locally owned shops offering unique artisanal crafts and culinary delights. The town lies at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the meeting point of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. After you hop back onto the bike, you’ll soon hit South Mountain Creamery, a worthwhile quick stop with wholesome and tasty food fresh from the Amish working farm located here. The remaining part of your day will be accentuated by a backdrop that has morphed from thick groves of deciduous conifers and pine to wide open rolling fields with bucolic small farms and sprawling cattle ranches. The canopy tightens once more upon entering Michaeux State Forest, and the road regains a speedy, yet super flowy two-track. Look out for the occasional bar ditch, there are a number of them on this section. The town of Mt. Holly Springs lies at the end of this segment. This way station is chock-full of Civil War history and offers yet another great stopover if you haven’t had your fill.

MA6 Mt Holly Springs to McVeytown

On to Pennsylvania, the land of ‘Liberty, Virtue and Independence!’ The lay of the land is similar to Virginia, with a whole lot of escarpments waiting for you to explore. Translation: a whole lot of elevation changes from the ridgelines to the valleys only a few thousand feet below. After all of the sightseeing the last couple of days, you’ll love zipping past tree after tree after tree. This area comprises all manner of outdoor recreation including stand out Tuscarora State Park. Here you’ll have the freedom to stop-or-not — to picnic, fish or simply take in the fantastic views across the lake. New Germantown is a particularly scenic village halfway along this segment. You’ve got liberty and independence covered on your bike. Lacking virtue? You can absolve your sins – at least for today - inside the simple old Fairview Church outside of town.

MA7 McVeytown to Hartleton

Amish country is surely akin to Luddite heaven. Lucky! You get to travel in the ‘way back machine’ to a time and place when a horse and buggy were the only method of travel and life was simpler and less urgent. Small, quaint hamlets and extraordinarily well-kept farms and homesteads dot the valleys as far as the eye can see. Please show respect by slowing down and giving both man and beast a wide berth — we are all fortunate whenever, and wherever, we can experience an easier pace for a while. Your digital devices could use a vacation, too. Get that easygoing vibe really going at Greenwood Furnace State Park early into the itinerary. Greenwood Lake practically begs passersby to take a refreshing dip and there are bathrooms and showers. Feeling super relaxed now? The park campground is top notch. Food options are sparse but Couch’s Grocery has some provisions just up the road. The ensuing dirt section through Bald Eagle State Forest, will snap you back to attention. Ravens Knob Road is highlighted by a steep descent complete with embedded rocks, ruts and switchbacks. Poe Paddy State Park is a welcome respite at the end of the slope and offers a lovely campground and picnic area. From here to the end of the segment get ready for the fast and gravelly woodsy trails, including Flat Hollow, an expert option. If you feel flat or your nerves are shot from the drop down into Poe Paddy, opt for the fine looking main trail. Make sure to fuel up at Harvey’s Food Mart in Hartleton before continuing onto section eight.

MA8 Hartleton to Cedar Run

Welcome to the northern end of the MABDR and the southern edge of New England, home of legendary fall scenery that lures people from parallel universes, like Japan. Honestly, an autumn trip yields groves of changing trees with almost surreal colors competing for attention, everywhere you look. Add in covered bridges and fire-engine-red barns and you’d swear you’re in a landscape puzzle. Definitely an amazing day on two-wheels that you won’t soon forget. Expert riders will be glad to know that there is ‘driveable’ trail on this leg. Fair warning: though short, it’s a slender two-track through woods that is punctuated with deep ruts and big rocks. There is a high potential of finding mud, too! Woolrich, one of the oldest sportswear companies in the U.S. is nearby in the town of – yep, you guessed it – Woolrich, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1830, the company’s original store and factory is still located here. Take a tour and spring for that article of clothing that may need replacing as your tour winds down.

MA9 Cedar Run to NY Border

You’ll want to relish every single minute on your bike today, the last stage of an amazing route that will transition from reality to memory all too soon . . . the state line of New York is a scant 70 miles away. But enough of the cheese-ball sentiment, midway through this final segment you’ll reach the so-called Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Colton Point State Park on the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge. Dig deep and truly live for the moments on the fleeting lookout loop that is Colton Road. Sweeping, commanding views lead eastward, into Tioga State Forest. There is a popular campground at the rim and you’ll quickly see why. If you’d like to stay here, consider booking a reservation ahead of time. The final 35 or so miles is a pleasurable trek across dirt tracks and county paved roads, and in and out of small farms and clusters of trees, reminiscent of southern Pennsylvania a long and short three days ago. This journey ends in the border town of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, you did it – 1,093 miles and five states later, you’ve reached the end of the MABDR! Time to start planning another trip.

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MABDR FAQ

Below are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route.

MABDR Packing List

(This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.)

MABDR Restaurants

MABDR Gas Stations

MABDR Lodging

MABDR Route Alerts