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Bike 25 Pennsylvania Trails with Geologist Fred Zelt

22 in ’22 & Pennsylvania wilds

Did you know that the Pittsburgh region boasts 25 car-free scenic bike paths?! As a bike enthusiast, I have explored a handful of these bike trails and have heard of a few more, but I had no idea that there are so many!  

This is such an incredible resource and Venture Outdoors has the pleasure of hosting 25 trips to explore each and every one of these bike trails. This series, dubbed “22 in ‘22” plus a bonus “Pennsylvania Wilds Weekend” of three more trips have been carefully planned and curated by Volunteer Trip Leader extraordinaire, Fred Zelt.  

Meet Fred Zelt

Fred Zelt is a retired geologist, a Certified League Cycling Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists and Founder of the Social Distance Cycling Club, who will bring his knowledge and passion to these exciting trips. Starting in late April and going into mid-October, each weekend excursion will be 10-24 miles long. The group will cycle at a moderate pace and stop often to take photos and discuss topics related to the landscape and the fascinating history of the region, much of which has national or global significance.  

Learn the History & Science of our Region 

Some important historical landmarks that participants will visit and discuss include the Johnstown Flood, iron furnaces, the interurban trolley network that used to connect Pittsburgh with Chicago, the path of the Pennsylvania Canal, an operating wind farm, and the place where Mail Pouch Tobacco is made! Participants will visit and learn about acid coal mine drainage, a large peninsula shaped from glacial deposits, and a section of the Allegheny River that is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System with diverse wildlife including almost 50 species of freshwater mussels!  

Each ride is made for YOU! 

The bike paths have gentle grades with surfaces of fine crushed stone, asphalt, or concrete. Many cyclists use road, fitness, or hybrid bikes on these paths, but mountain bikes, fat bikes and more will work too! The trails have occasional road crossings but otherwise are kid friendly (with the exception of the historic Path of the Flood Trail), so if they can pedal the distance or fit in a carrier, then they are welcome to join! Pets in carriers are welcome too, but please let us know in advance. 

Bike helmets are required and if you’d like to rent a bike, we may be able to recommend a bike rental and help transport up to three bikes. The week before each trip, registered participants will receive more information about the bike path, what to bring and exactly where to meet at the start. 

Get Your Passport: SOLD OUT!!

Join a couple trips OR challenge yourself to explore all these routes by signing up for the whole series. Receive a Passport as a keepsake and reminder of our region’s great bike paths! We will provide a cool printed passport which we will stamp at the start of each excursion.  

Plus, save $100 on all the trips by getting a passport – good for all 22 in ‘22 and PA Wilds Weekend!  

Purchase your passport when you sign up for one of the first five rides. Alyssa will follow up with you to register for the following rides.

Have any more questions about the 22 in ‘22 & Wilds Weekend Bike Series? Feel free to send me an email at or give me a call at 412.255.0564 x 229 and I’m happy to talk. I hope you’re as thrilled about checking out these bike trails as I am and I encourage you to join us on these exciting rides!  

See full activities calendar
# Date Trail City Miles Sign Up
1  04/30/22 Three Rivers Heritage Trail – North Shore  Pittsburgh, PA  <10 miles  Sign Up
2  05/01/22 Panhandle Trail  Oakdale, PA  <22 miles  Sign Up
3  05/07/22 Montour Trail  McMurray, PA  <10 miles  Sign Up
4  05/14/22 Path of the Flood Trail South Fork, PA  12 miles  Sign Up
5  05/15/22 Great Allegheny Passage – Peak of the Passage  Meyersdale, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
6  05/21/22 Armstrong Trail  Ford City, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
7  05/22/22 Redbank Valley Trail  Redbank Furnace, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
8  05/28/22 Karl Boyes Multi Presque Isle State Park, PA  17 miles  Sign Up
9  05/29/22 Rail 66 Country Trail  Shippenville, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
10  07/02/22 Butler-Freeport Community Trail  Laneville, PA  <22 miles  Sign Up
11  07/09/22 Allegheny River Trail  Emlenton, PA  17 miles  Sign Up
12  07/10/22 Samuel Justus Recreation Trail  Franklin, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
13  07/16/22 Ghost Town Trail  Dilltown, PA  24 miles  Sign Up
14  07/17/22 Westmoreland Heritage Trail  Trafford, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
15  08/06/22 West Penn Trail  Saltsburg, PA  13 miles  Sign Up
16  08/07/22 Hoodlebug Trail  Black Lick, PA  <22 miles  Sign Up
17  08/13/22 Indian Creek Valley Bike Trail  Indian Creek Reservoir, PA  10 miles  Sign Up
18  08/14/22 Sheepskin & Mon River Rail-Trails  Point Marion, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
19  09/03/22 Sandy Creek Trail  Belmar, PA  24 miles  Sign Up
20  09/04/22 Wheeling Heritage, Brooke Pioneer & Wellsburg Yankee Trails  Wheeling, WV  22 miles  Sign Up
21  09/10/22 Oil Creek State Park Trail  Oil Creek State Park, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
22  09/11/22 Stavich Bike Trail  New Castle, PA  20 miles  Sign Up
W1  10/15/22 Wild One! Mahoning Shadow Trail  Punxsutawney, PA  12 miles  Coming soon
W2  10/15/22 Wild Too! Clarion-Little Toby Trail  Brockway, PA  12 miles  Coming soon
W3  10/16/22 Wild Tree! West Creek Rail Trail  Emporium, PA  24 miles  Coming soon


We can offer Community Programs like this thanks to the generous support of Alcosan

Samone Riddle

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