McConnellsburg Region

Like many regions of The Alleghenies, the McConnellsburg Region was home to a frontier fort built to protect settlers from the wilderness that surrounded them. Today, the challenges of the high ridges and wooded slopes that tested the mettle of early settlers, provide adventure opportunities for hikers, bikers, birdwatchers and fishermen who come to challenge themselves in lands of history and striking beauty.

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Things To Do in McConnellsburg Region

ATV/Dirtbiking

1. Martin Hill
At roughly 18 miles in length, this trail combines old forest roads, trails, logging roads and skid trails. Some sections feature rough terrain and narrow pathways that may prove challenging to new riders.

2. Sideling Hill
This 15-mile track takes riders over old forest roads, trails, logging roads and skid trails as it winds through the landscape of The Alleghenies. Some sections may prove challenging for new riders due to rough terrain and narrow pathways.



Boating

1. Cowans Gap Lake
This 42-acre lake has two boat launches and 68 mooring spaces in the McConnellsburg Destination Area.



Cycling On Road

1. Tuscarora Mountain Challenge Tour
A challenging ride offering difficult climbs well worth the haul to enjoy the beautiful views.


Fishing

1. Cowans Gap Lake
This 42-acre lake has two boat launches and 68 mooring spaces in the McConnellsburg Destination Area.


Hiking

1. Lakeside Trail Loop
Cowans Gap State Park

2. Pike-to-Bike Trail
Buchanan State Forest

3. Sideling Hill Challenging Trail Loop
Buchanan State Forest

4. Sideling Hill Moderate Trail Loop
Buchanan State Forest

5. Three Mile Trail Loop
Cowans Gap State Park

6. Tuscarora Loop Trail
Buchanan State Forest

7. Tuscarora Trail Loop
Cowans Gap State Park


Motor Touring

1. Raystown Tour


Mountain Biking

1. Buchanan State Forest-Sideling Hill
Choose from several hilly trails varying greatly in technical difficulty with abundant double tracks. Good, hard rides abound on Old Turnpike trails, though Snow Field Trail should not be ridden up hill.



Swimming

1. Cowans Gap Lake
This 42-acre lake has two boat launches and 68 mooring spaces in the McConnellsburg Destination Area.