River Rd. (Rte. 2028), East Stroudsburg, PA
Crosspost of my ride from Eastern PA Cycling Group
Last week we rode from Hialeah Trailhead up to the DWG NRA Park HQ. This week we will pick up where we left off and continue further north on the McDade Rec. Trail to at least the Eshback Launch Trailhead (about 15 miles round trip.) The 10 mile stretch after Eshback to the end at White Pines is supposed to be flat and level so if we make it this far in good shape we may finish the trail off. However since this is a Recon ride there is no set mileage or time frame planed. Depending on trail conditions and hills we could go shorter or longer depending on what the group wants to do. This trail will probably be a workout due to the hills and not a recreational ride. We will stay together as a group however and not leave anyone behind. We discovered last week that this area is popular with hunters so it is a good idea to wear some hunter orange or other bright highly visible color.
I want to do a recon ride to explore the MRT in the Delaware Water Gap. We have not ridden this trail so we may make wrong turns and will ride at a slower pace. While this trail has a flat surface of crushed stone it is best suitable for Mountain bike or hybrid bike with front suspension and at least 32mm trail tires however there ARE hill climbs on the trail. For those wanting to add some hills to their ride this might be the trail for that. But since we do not know the trail and how much the hills will take out of us, we will simply turn back whenever we feel we need to.
Trail description and history can be viewed here: www.nps.gov/dewa/historyculture/upload/cmsstgMRT2.pdf
Trail map can be viewed/printed here: http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/upload/MRT2013GTG.pdf
There is no street address for the Park Headquarters but it is on River Rd and the Lat./Long. coordinates will take you to the parking lot meeting spot in Google maps or your GPS unit. Here are directions from I-80 East.
• 1. Take exit 309 to merge onto PA-447 N/US-209 N/Rte 447 N toward Marshalls Creek
• 2. Continue to follow US-209 N - 3.5 mi
• 3. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto US-209 N/Marshall's Creek Bypass Continue to follow US-209 N - 6.3 mi
• 4. Turn right onto River Rd - 0.9 mi
• 5. Turn left into Park Headquarters then left into parking lot.
Post Ride I will be making a visit to The Village Farmer and Bakery for their True Love special; A hot dog and slice of pie for $2.49! They also offer a BBQ on weekends as well as hot pot pies and other sandwiches and salads. But more importantly you can't leave without taking home one of there pies or other baked goodies.
Below is the Trail description from TrailLink.com
The trail, located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, offers diverse views of the river and picturesque streams, open farm fields, forests and historic landmarks. The route extends for 32 miles.
Although mostly flat, the terrain varies in difficulty. The first section, along River Road from the Hialeah Trailhead to the Turn Farm Trailhead, is fairly level with a few gentle rises. Further north, between Owens Trailhead and Bushkill, the trail is more challenging with a steep hill and a section where you will have to travel on the roadway for a few tenths of a mile. With that exception, you can travel solely on the trail from the Hialeah Trailhead to the White Pines Trailhead, a distance of more than 24 miles.
The 10-mile distance between the Eshback Trailhead and the White Pines Trailhead is flat and the best section for cross-country skiers. Note that north of the White Pines Trailhead, some sections are designated for hiking only. The most northern segment, between Pittman Orchard and Milford Beach, offers views of rural landscapes and a glimpse of the old Snyder Farm silo.