Adventure on Two Wheels: Riding a Motorcycle in Crawford County, PA | Visit Crawford County, PA


published on May 2024

Adventure on Two Wheels: Riding a Motorcycle in Crawford County, PA

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There’s something uniquely enticing about the call of the open road, especially when explored from the saddle of a roaring motorcycle. The thrill of the ride combined with the exploration of unknown destinations can awaken a deep sense of adventure within. Journey through the rustic charm and stunning landscapes of Crawford County revealing why this location is a must-visit for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Located in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania, Crawford County stretches over 1,038 square miles. It is characterized by its abundant natural beauty filled with rolling hills, lush forests, and glistening bodies of water. Its quaint, historic towns and picturesque farmlands offer an enchanting backdrop for the perfect motorcycle ride from early summer to late fall. However, it’s the miles and miles of scenic roadways winding through this stunning landscape that truly makes Crawford County a motorcyclist’s paradise.

Riding Routes in Crawford County

Crawford County boasts some of the most scenic riding routes around, letting you soak in its natural beauty. Every route offers its own special touch, from breathtaking mountain views and lush forests to shimmering lakes and abundant wildlife.

Route 1: The Conneaut Lake Circle – Starting from the heart of Meadville, this route circles around the stunning Conneaut Lake, offering riders panoramic views of the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania. Follow Route 18 around to 322, up 618 and back to route 18.

In the mood for an adult beverage, be sure to stop by Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery or Rising River Brewery. Grab a bite to eat or something sweet at Silver Shores Restaurant, Hank’s Frozen Custard, or Vacavi Cafe. Want to find a special gift? Stop by Treasured Gifts at Al’s Melons or Berry Basket. Or to just get off of your bike and stretch your legs, take a walk at Ice House Park or check out Ernst Trail.

Route 2: The French Creek Parkway – This route winds along the banks of the French Creek, passing through dense forests and charming villages. The ever-changing scenery provides an exhilarating ride. Follow Route 19 down through Cambridge Springs, Venango, Saegertown, and Meadville or go the opposite way. Check out some great stopping points in the towns along the way. 

Cambridge Springs 




Route 3: The Pymatuning Loop – A ride around Pymatuning State Park, this route showcases stunning reservoir views, lush wildlife areas, and even a chance to spot the famous Pymatuning Deer Park’s inhabitants. Loop the lake using Route 6, Route 322, and Route 7. 

The one-of-a-kind attraction, the Pymatuning Spillway, will be a great stop to check out some of the local wildlife – it’s the place where the “Ducks walk on the Fish”. While you’re in the area, stop and take a scenic hike at Pymatuning State Park. In the mood for some food? Stop by The Crooked Paddle, Mortals Key Brewing Company, or Russell’s BBQ just to name a few. If you’re planning on staying the night,  Maple Grove Cabins ,  Hickory Nut Cottage or one of the many campgrounds are all great choices in the area.   

Route 4: Crawford County Circuit – Want to see most of Crawford County? Start in Canadohta Lake and work your way south to Titusville, continue on 27 to 173 and find the town of Cochranton. From Cochranton continue on 322 back towards Meadville and head around Conneaut Lake and Pymatuning Lake, travel up Route 18 to Conneautville and head back towards Saegertown – depending on which way you would like to go head north towards Cambridge Springs or South towards Meadville. There are so many stops along the way! Explore more by visiting one of our Regional Neighbors as well and click the links above to explore what’s in each area.

Crawford County, PA offers motorcyclists a chance to escape the mundane and embrace the thrill of the open road. With its scenic routes, hidden gems, and diverse landscapes, it’s a destination that should be on every rider’s bucket list. So, dust off your helmet, fire up your motorcycle, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Crawford County. The road is calling, and your journey awaits! 

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