Here at the Sayre Mansion, we know there are many ways to celebrate fall in the Lehigh Valley. Whether you want to go to one of the annual festivals in the area, or simply explore our lovely cities as you breath in the autumn air, you won’t run out of ways to enjoy the season. Hiking and biking have long been popular ways to get out and enjoy the fall foliage. If you’re a fan of biking, then there are several fall cycling routes in Pennsylvania that you should check out this season. From short loops to long rides, these fall cycling routes will satisfy both your need for two-wheeled adventure and your desire to enjoy autumn in the Lehigh Valley.
Fall Cycling Routes in Pennsylvania
Palmer Township Recreation Trail
Also known as the Towpath Bike Trail, the Palmer Township Recreation Trail is a smooth 8-foot-wide asphalt trail that runs nearly eight miles. The trail is shaded by trees, making it a great fall cycling route to view foliage.
Ironton Rail Trail
The Ironton Rail Trail was once the home of Ironton Railroad, which operated in the 1800s and fell into disuse in 1984. The trail is great for those looking for beautiful scenery and a safe place to ride. It also offers access to several parks and historic points of interest.
Monocacy Way is a lovely trail that is open to the public in Bethlehem. It runs along Monocacy Creek and extends between Sand Island and Monocacy Park. The trail passes Bethlehem’s Colonial Industrial Quarter, Burnside Plantation, Paint Mill Pond, and Illick’s Mill.
Lehigh Canal Towpath
Part of the larger D&L (Delaware & Lehigh) Trail, this trail is great for an easy ride. The trail follows a canal and the Lehigh River almost all the way through. It’s a great ride with paved asphalt, crushed stone, and packed dirt surfaces.
Covered Bridge Ride
If you want to take in some local landmarks during your fall cycling adventures, then the Covered Bridge Ride is for you. The Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour includes some of the oldest and most picturesque covered bridges left in the area. There are several ways to take the tour, and if you don’t want to hike it or drive it, then biking it is your best bet. The tour is about 50 miles long and can be broken up if you don’t want to go that distance. The full tour includes seven covered bridges, some of which you can still cross.
When you’re deciding on which of these fall cycling routes in the Lehigh Valley you want to try out, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at the Sayre Mansion. Our Bethlehem boutique hotel offers guests the ideal combination of timeless style and modern amenities, creating the most comfortable guest rooms and suites possible. The Mansion’s location in the heart of Bethlehem is perfect for those who want to be near all of the fantastic dining, shopping, and entertainment our town has to offer. Plus, you’re just a short drive away from the attractions in other parts of the Lehigh Valley. At the Sayre Mansion, our helpful and knowledgeable staff will make sure your time in the Lehigh Valley is easy and memorable. We can’t wait to see you soon!