I believe that we are fortunate as Motorcycle Riders in Southeast Pennsylvania. Our corner of the state is loaded with amazing roads full of twists, turns, elevation changes, and scenery. This blend of roads provides something for every type of rider, be it scenic highways to cruise or technical mountain roads.
In this Blog Post, I will share the 5 Best Motorcycle Roads in Southeast Pennsylvania. This list is my opinion, of course, and is in no particular order. I enjoy them for all they have to offer. I invite you to leave a comment and tell me about your favorite Southeast PA Motorcycle Roads.
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PA Route 345
When it comes to the areas of Berks and Chester Counties, we have one road that I always think of as the Unofficial Motorcycle Road of the area. It is the stretch of Pennsylvania Route 345 that runs from Birdsboro to Warwick through French Creek State Park.
As you approach the park, the scenery shifts from a busy little road through town to a scenic winding road through the trees. Numerous elevation changes make the curves loads of fun on a motorcycle.
Halfway through this section of road, you will pass the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. If you’ve never visited, it is a fascinating reminder of the region’s industrial heritage. The iron plantation was active in the 1700s and 1800s and was pivotal in the local economy. It makes for a cool little stop if you’ve been riding for a while and need a break.
Ordinarily, I like to ride PA Route 345 from PA Route 724 to PA Route 23 (or vice versa). In recent years you could cross PA Route 23 and continue riding Route 345 all the way into Coatsville, and it was fantastic. Unfortunately, over the past several months, there has been a detour due to Bridge Construction over the Turnpike. It makes continuing on Route 345 less convenient.
This stretch of PA Route 345 isn’t very long and can be ridden in less than 15 minutes. It spans roughly 9 miles and includes elevation changes and curves, making it one of my favorite motorcycle roads in the area.
PA Route 32 (River Road)
In 2021 a few of the members of the WaltInPA Discord Server met for a Group Ride. We called it the Bucks County Covered Bridge Ride, and our objective was to visit several covered bridges, followed by a stop for lunch at the Van Sant Airport.
Our route took us on PA Route 32, starting at PA Route 611. We went south, following the river, and the scenery blew me away! It was the first time I had ridden a motorcycle along River Road, and I couldn’t wait to return and do it again.
PA Route 32 is effectively a scenic highway that follows the Delaware River. I’ve taken it as far as Washington’s Crossing, and I find it to be a fantastic motorcycle road complete with scenes of the river, quaint towns, and historical landmarks.
If you ride PA Route 32 from PA Route 611 to Washington’s Crossing, you’ll spend about fifty minutes taking in the sights and riding roughly 30 miles.
Hawk Mountain Road
Much like PA Route 345, Hawk Mountain Road isn’t very long. From PA Route 143 to the other end at PA Route 895 is only 8.5 miles and takes less than 15 minutes to ride. Where this road lacks in length, it makes up for it in location and scenery.
Hawk Mountain road is nestled in Berks County amongst a number of fantastic motorcycle roads. As the name implies, it goes up and over a mountain. At the top, you’ll find the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a picturesque spot loved by sightseers and hikers.
While I wouldn’t ride a long distance to ride Hawk Mountain Road and immediately head toward home, I would tack it onto an existing ride without a second thought. While enjoying the road, you’ll see all sorts of motorcycles, from Sportbikes to Adventure Bikes, to Cruisers.
PA Route 143
One of the things I enjoy doing on my motorcycle is riding to local historical sights. Since Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 Covered Bridges, it makes them a wonderful place to visit. In 2021 I made plans to visit the Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge – located on PA Route 145.
My time on Route 145 was fantastic, and I knew I wanted to explore more of what the road had to offer. I’ve been back several times and especially like the stretch between Lake Ontelaunee and PA Route 662. This route takes approximately a half hour and covers about 19 miles.
PA Route 145 has a little of everything for motorcycle riders. You’ve got views of the water at Lake Ontelaunee, followed by open space and fields in Lynnport, and twisty roads cut through the mountain in Lenhartsville. If you enjoy visiting historical sights, you’ll pass by the Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge.
PA Route 401
In 2021 a few of the members of the WaltInPA Discord Server met for a Group Ride. We called it the Road Apple Ride, and our objective was to ride from Valley Forge National Park to Shady Maple Smorgasbord near Blue Ball for lunch.
As we were making our way down PA Route 23, one of the attendees mentioned over comms that if we enjoyed the ride on Route 23, we would have to check out PA Route 401 at some point. A short time later, I did just that, and I was not disappointed.
PA Route 401 gets congested with traffic down towards Malvern (PA Route 30), but taking it West towards Morgantown (PA Route 10) is a pleasure. There aren’t very many twists and turns on the road, but it is a pleasant cruise with views of the countryside.
This route will take approximately a half hour and spans roughly 20 miles between Malvern and Morgantown. Along the way, you’ll see several historical sights – one of which is a quaint little town called Yellow Springs. It is home to an old Tavern and Stagecoach Stop active in the 1700s and 1800s. It reminds me of Saint Peter’s Village and is a cool little place to stop if you need to stretch your legs.
Share Your Favorite Motorcycle Roads in Southeast Pennsylvania
I hope you have enjoyed my opinion of the 5 best Motorcycle Roads in Southeast Pennsylvania. If you haven’t already ridden them, I encourage you to check them out! Have you ridden any of these roads? If so, what did you think of them?
Do you have any favorites that I should add to my list? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this post with your fellow riders who might be looking for their next favorite motorcycle road in Southeast PA.
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