Sunday, May 14, 2017


  I discovered my love and passion for mountain biking when I moved to York County, Pennsylvania in 1995.  That love and passion was born and nurtured, in no small way, by the availability of nearby parks that provided me with the opportunity to ride.  With multiple State and County Parks, providing miles and miles of trails, York has become a main destination for mountain bikers in South-Central Pennsylvania.  Here are just a few of my favorite places to mountain bike in York County!


Probably the most popular mountain biking destination in York County, Rocky Ridge (located northwest of Hellam) offers 750 acres of forest and over 12 miles of fun, technical, and challenging mountain bike riding.  This York county park features a multitude of rock gardens and super cool trails with names like Broken Arrow, Rusty Chair, and The Gut...just to name a few.  On the most challenging of the trails you can expect to climb an average of 100 feet per mile!  Oh...and don't forget the rocks.  They are endless!  If you are up for a challenge...then Rocky Ridge is the place for you!

Dave Raymond and Tim Sindlinger riding Rocky Ridge -- October 14, 2016
Riding the rocks at Rocky Ridge Park -- September 23, 2016


Located in southwestern York County, near Hanover, Pennsylvania, the 3,500 acres of Codorus State Park have been traditionally known for boating on, and fishing in, Lake Marburg.  Recently; however, Codorus State Park has become more and more popular with mountain bikers.  With almost 15 miles of trails (which also network with XC-ski/snowmobile trails) it is possible to put together some crazy fun loops.  With minimal elevation change, you can expect a twisty and fun ride.

Riding Codorus State Park -- May 9, 2017


Over 12 miles of marked trail loops around the two lakes (Lake Redman and Lake Williams) that make up William Kain Park.  These trails offer spectacular views of the lakes as well as challenging climbs, sweeping singletrack, and two tunnels that make their way underneath Interstate 83!  If you have the time to spare, you can easily spend hours looping and criss-crossing the trail system of William Kain Park.

Taking in some of the beauty of Lake Redman -- October 5, 2016

Riding the Lakes -- April 19, 2017


Trail Rating: EASY
This 21+ mile, 10 foot wide, ADA trail runs though scenic sections of southern York County.  The trail is popular with cyclists, joggers, walkers, horseback riders, and even cross country skiers.  The Heritage Rail Trail covers more than 170 acres and runs north to south connecting historic downtown York and Maryland's Northern Central Rail Trail.  While riding the trail visitors can see and experience a multitude of historic sites such as the York Colonial Complex, Howard Tunnel, and Hanover Junction Train Station.  It doesn't matter if you're riding for exercise or pleasure, alone or with your family, relaxing on a day off or commuting by bicycle to work...the Heritage Rail Trail has something for everyone!

Nothing like a lunch time ride with my buddy, Tim, on a random day off from school! -- May 9, 2017

Stopping to look at the lawn decorations near Glatfelters Station on the Heritage Rail Trail -- May 9, 2017

Tim Sindlinger and Dave Raymond on the southern side of Howard Tunnel -- May 9, 2017

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- May 14, 2017

I originally wrote this at the request of a friend of mine, Kim Lentz.  She works with a group called York County: Creativity Unleashed.  Their purpose is to highlight all that is awesome about living and working in York County.  I encourage you to check out their website and "like" their Facebook page.  If you are ever in the area be sure to take time to enjoy ALL that York has to offer!

One of my favorite post-ride ice cream stops in York is the Bobcat Creamery.  No ice cream today...I had to try the deep fried Twinkies!  They got a thumbs up! -- May 12, 2017

Here are the GARMIN maps and stats from some of my recent rides at the parks featured in this post:

Saturday, May 6, 2017


If we didn't live in York County my friends and I would probably would drive for hours on a summer day to mountain bike at Rocky Ridge County Park or the Lakes.  Actually, another riding buddy, Matt, who lives in the Harrisburg area, thinks nothing of the sometimes nearly hour long drive down Interstate 83 (depending on traffic) to ride the trails at Rocky Ridge.  Having places like the Lakes and Rocky Ridge County Park in my own back yard makes mountain biking an every day possibility.

Chris Keller, Glenn Medice, and Dave Raymond taking a break after riding up THE GUT at Rocky Ridge County Park -- April 27, 2017
The option to ride locally makes it easy for us to meet up after work, in between our kid's baseball games, and family responsibilities.  It gives us the chance to unwind, decompress, catch up with each other, ride our bikes and be home in time to maintain domestic tranquility.  Glenn and I managed to squeeze in three local rides after school within the last two weeks...two at the Lakes and one at Rocky Ridge (it feels great to be back on my bike again).  As an extra-kool bonus...Chris Keller (who is now his own boss and works a mile from my house) was able to join us.  

Chris Keller, Dave Raymond, and Glenn Medice at the Lakes -- May 2, 2017

I've never seen Lake Redman like this.  It is completely empty and drained do to the construction of a new pumping station.  Visible, in the top right, is the East Branch Codorus Creek...which, when dammed, is the main water source creating Lake Redman -- May 2, 2017

Dave Raymond riding the Lakes -- April 19, 2017

Chris Keller at the Lakes -- May 2, 2017

Glenn coming out of the south tunnel which passes under Interstate 83 -- April 19, 2017

Glenn is all smiles for this "steam crossing."  He claimed I was channeling my "inner Mark" when I made him navigate this. Mark would have been so proud -- May 2, 2017

Glenn Medice and Dave Raymond at the Lakes -- May 2, 2017
Summer's almost here and I'll once again be blessed with the gift of time. Before you know it, I'll be back in Michaux with Mark, Timmy, Kristian, Glenn, and rest of the guys...but until then I'll just keep on squeezing in local rides when I can...exploring and enjoying the miles and miles of trails right here in York County.  It's great to have the option to mountain bike in your own back yard.  After all, you never know what you might find.  Just ask Glenn...

Glenn pointing out the "elk" tracks at the Lakes.  Yes..he educates America's future. -- May 2, 2017

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- May 6, 2017

No ice cream...but the weather has been great the past two weeks.  Perfect for back yard fire pits, mountain pies, and smores with my son, Alex, and his bud Devin, as they wind down their senior year of high school -- April 28, 2017

Here are the GARMIN maps and stats from the rides featured in this post:

Do you have a favorite place to ride locally?  Love to hear about it in the comments below.