Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association (PMBA)
In 2006 PMBA was the first chapter of IMBA in the country. After more than six years the territory and the club
have grown significantly. In an effort to keep up with change and to accurately represent the growth of mountain
biking in the five county region PMBA has been restructured and renamed to accurately represent the evolving needs
of its expanded territory. We are working to make SEPTR the authoritative resource for regional information
about trails and advocacy in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Trail Riders (SEPTR)
SEPTR is the regional chapter of IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) which represents five counties in
southeastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to advocate for mountain bikers while educating riders and land managers
about protecting, promoting, and creating trails within our region. SEPTR actively promotes responsible mountain
biking, offers regularly scheduled rides, supports volunteer trail work, assists land managers with trail management
issues, and strives to maintain and improve relationships between trail user groups according to IMBA guidelines.
For more information on SEPTR http://www.septrmtb.org/
Some Popular Places to Mountain Bike in Philadelphia:
The permit requirements have changed. Please check these links to see if you are required to have a permit before you ride!
If you have any questions about mountain and off-road biking, you can contact
Fairmount Park: Valley Green area along the Wissahickon Creek
Pennypack Park: Many starting points, but most like Pine Rd.
parking lot. Various trails, also great for new people.
Belmont Plateau: My favorite spot! used for MTB racing,
packed dirt,mud, parachute hill (big!) collarbone creek, and the 'twisty windy'
trails. You can spend a whole day in there! I intro my 6yr old nephew there.
You can customise your ride here, if you don't want to climb, just take connecting
trail, they all criss cross.
Morris Park: (68th & Lansdowne Ave) My second fav spot!
quiet, hilly, Santa visits every Xmas (REALLY, He posed on my RED bike!! - I got
pictures:-) Old rock quarry, its a quick ride in itself, a 30 foot wide creek to
cross (optional) really test your skills, 3 blocks away is the north side of Cobbs
Creek Park, once you find a trail into it, you may find your stolen car! nice trails,
get to see a waterfall that rivals Niagara Falls, really pretty in Fall, mud, dirt,
gravel. You can also spend 4 hours riding around. Great stores to go eating.
Cobbs Creek South of Market St. Flat like river drives but not as
much fun (no flames please) but good for bringing kids.