Step back in time on a scenic covered bridge tour with 19th century bridges ranging from 56 feet to 150 feet in length. Circling through beautiful Bucks County, the tour is planned so you can start at any one of the notable bridges. So head out on your bike and you will be afforded the opportunity to coast through 10 of Bucks County’s 12 remaining covered bridges.
Bike enthusiasts will also enjoy the PA/NJ canal loops which consist of two towpath trails connected by six Delaware River bridges. Spend a few days hiking or biking one or multiple loops. Along the way you will have the opportunity to explore the river towns, enjoy the outdoors while taking in beautiful river views and immerse yourself in history.
If you are a biking adventurer, consider biking through Bucks County along one of the world-class biking trails known for their scenic beauty, fascinating history and cultural heritage. The county is home to nationally significant trails, including the Delaware and Lehigh Canal, National Heritage Corridor, the Highlands Trail and the East Coast Greenway. These routes have been mapped out in guidebooks and handy pamphlets that are available throughout the area, and at bike rental shops.
The Delaware and Lehigh Canal Trail follows the 165-mile route that anthracite coal took from the mines to the market. It winds through northern mountains and along the banks of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers. It passes through northeast Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and through Bucks County. The trail passes through industrial powerhouses and along remnants of the Lehigh and Delaware canals. This earthen path exposes cyclists to some of Pennsylvania’s finest wild lands, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife.
For even more biking fun, consider biking along the blacktop trail around Lake Galena at Peace Valley Park, or on the trails at Lake Nockamixon Park. Take in the natural beauty and keep your eyes open to spy one of nearly 250 bird species that have been spotted in Peace Valley Park. Meadows boasting wildlife and wildflowers surround the bike trail. The 14 miles of nature trails at the park veers in out and out of the woods. Lake Noxkamixon offers 9 miles of biking trails (with more being planned), that feature everything from gently rolling terrain to mountain biking for those who wish to truly “go for it”.
Along the way there are many options to pick up a nutritious snack of homegrown produce at a farmer’s market or roadside stand. If you choose to bike in one of the local state parks, you will also have the opportunity to swim and picnic. For those who are shopping aficionados there are many boutiques and galleries that will pique your fancy along the way.
Whatever route you choose, don’t forget the rules of the road so that your biking venture proves to be a safe one:
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Never ride against traffic.
- Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones.
Regardless of which trail you trek or path you choose, after a long pedaling venture enjoy a respite at the Bridgeton House on the Delaware. Enjoy a personal meal cooked and presented by Chef Karen or indulge in a massage for two to soothe your tired muscles, or simply sit and enjoy the beautiful views you will be afforded when in residence in this romantic inn.