By Erin McNelis
As the weather cools off, and fall glides into the county, people will be looking for an outdoor activity to replace going to the pool and the shore. Why not get out the bicycle and check out some of the amazing bike trails the county has to offer? There are lengths and terrains to fit everyone’s comfort level, from the most novice to those looking for a grueling adventure.
Here are some trails to explore in Bucks County:
Delaware Canal Towpath
Five trails from 7.1 miles to 18.9 miles round trip
11 Lodi Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA
There are five loop trails that make up the 165-mile D&L Trail, which is part of the National Heritage Corridor. The trails meander through towns and parks, where you can get exercise and a history lesson. On the trail is Washington Crossing Historic Park, where riders can view graves that date from the Revolutionary War as well as the Thompson Neely House that served as a field hospital during the war.
Lower Nike Park
301 Folly Rd., Chalfont, PA
The trail spans scenic views of the park that houses soccer fields and playground structures. The park includes restrooms, drinking fountains, and a parking lot.
Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA
The trails at this state park are wide and paved for easy travel throughout the picturesque park. Picnic tables dot the paths for breaks, and the trails are clearly market at intersections. The park also offers horseback riding trails, a disc golf course, boating, and fishing.
Peace Valley Park
264 Creek Road, New Britain, PA
This path winds through woods and over a reservoir around the man-made Lake Galena. Benches, picnic areas, restrooms, and playgrounds are available around the lake as well as a nature center. The park also has boating rentals and fishing docks. It is a popular spot for bird watching. Be on the lookout for some of the 250 bird species that have been spotted there.
Nockamixon State Park
2-mile paved path, 10-mile mountain bike trail
1542 Mountain View Dr., Quakertown, PA
A paved bike path begins at the Lake Nockamixon marina, but it’s not a loop, so save some energy for the return trip! A more adventurous 10-mile trail system for mountain bikes winds around the east side of Haycock Cove. The trail heads can be found off Tower and South Park roads and PA 563. The park also has camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, fishing, wildlife watching, horseback riding, and hunting.
Doylestown Central Park
425 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA
The park is the end point of the US 202 Parkway Trail that extends to Welsh Road in Montgomeryville with additional connections to the Doylestown Hike and Bike System. The paved path can be accessed at the parking lot at the New Britain Road entrance to the park, which also boasts Kids Castle play area, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, a fitness trail, a sensory trail, and nature areas where park goers can observe native plant and animal species.
Core Creek Park
901 E. Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, PA
Bike paths wind throughout the south end of the park by Lake Luxembourg. In addition to the park hosts athletic fields, picnic areas, fishing, boating, and hiking.