Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

Working to Protect and encourage Mountain Bike trail access in Central Pennsylvania.

Do you want new trails? YOUR HELP NEEDED!

You are invited to the first of four public meetings to help shape the future of mountain biking and trail facilities in beautiful Detweiler Park. Detweiler Park is located 8 miles north of the State Capital in Dauphin and is the largest of eight parks of public land owned and managed by the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department.  Gardens, fields, meadows, evergreen plantations, hiking trails and mature deciduous forests are some of the ecosystems in this biologically diverse park. The park was recently purchased by Dauphin County who has launched its Master Site Plan process. A master site plan is a long-term planning document that serves as a blueprint for maintenance and development of a park. It takes into consideration many things including ecosystems, buildings, social settings, surrounding environments, and economic impact. https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/dauphin_county_parks/detweiler.php The County created a survey to understand the needs of future users in the park. Here is a list of the top 5 suggestions from the survey: 1. Keep it natural 2. More hiking trails 3. Add restrooms 4. Create picnic areas with tables 5. Provide additional benches and seating CALL TO ACTION: Would you like to see shared-use trails developed in the park for hiking and mountain biking? Please consider joining us at the meetings to support future mountain biking opportunities by vocalizing your opinions to insure that our voice is heard and the County understands the need for more shared-use trails. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the planning process and influence expansion of the trail system in the park. The first meeting will be held on Monday February 3... read more

SAMBA proposes Bicycle Playground in Lebanon

SAMBA delivered a presentation on December 16th to the Lebanon City Council to propose that a Bicycle Playground be developed at Coleman Memorial Park. The Playground may include a pump track, skills area, an area specifically for balance bikes, and the conversion of an existing nature trail to shared-use. The playground area is mostly shaded and has its own picnic pavilion and restrooms. The park has many other amenities making it a great destination for the whole family. This partnership with the City of Lebanon and Coleman Memorial Park would be managed by SAMBA volunteers, and funding will be raised through contributions. Project partners would include the City of Lebanon, Friends of Coleman’s Park, Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition (LVBC), Community Health Council of Lebanon County, Better Together Lebanon County and others. Council members spoke positively about the project and will vote on the proposal at their January 2020 meeting. The proposed extension of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail would bring riders past the new Northwest Elementary school and the Park on their way to Swatara State Park. Please follow SAMBA on social media for updates and info!           ... read more

SAMBA announces plan to re-open Paxtang Park in 2020

Howdy, Back in the Fall of 2017 we announced that we planned to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park in Harrisburg. This space will be used as a parking trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System. The lot will be mostly crushed stone and open meadow with a natural buffer along the creek and will feature a trail kiosk and picnic pavilion. Initial work began in 2018. Safety issues were addressed, dead trees were dropped, trash and debris cleared and more in preparation for this year’s construction.  Pennsy Supply has made a generous donation for the full amount of stone necessary to establish the parking area. Our partners at the City of Harrisburg own the property and helped to resolve issues with the municipality that delayed the work last year. Work has resumed with our target opening day in early April 2020. Work days will take place over the Winter and Spring. SAMBA has been involved with planning for the preservation of the Park as the project to widen I-83 takes shape in this area in the coming years. We are seeking volunteers that are interested in the beatification of the Park in the Spring. Why restore the park? The park has a lot of history and was once the hub for recreation in Harrisburg. This location of the Park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. We plan to establish parking for approximately 15- 20 vehicles, making the location ideal... read more

HMC East Side Trails Closed effective December 1st, 2019

Notice: Starting December 1st, 2019, HMC Trails on the East side will be closed for the next two months. Penn State is implementing a land management plan that involves the removal of invasive species and creating a healthy forest. Unfortunately, this will involve timbering the east side. DO NOT RIDE ON THE EAST SIDE. West trails will remain open. Pending weather, it is expected that the foresting will be completed by mid-February 2020. This will be a three-year project so expect closures during the next few winters. Penn State has been an excellent partner and we look forward to cooperating with their contractor for the duration of this... read more


Camp Mack will be closed to mountain bikes until further notice. SAMBA is working to resolve the issues and we’ve had some good discussions with the Land Manager. We are optimistic that we can reach a new arrangement in the coming months. Kindly do not ride at the camp until we are able to negotiate a new access agreement. Riding during this time will make it more difficult to restore the access. This includes all roads and trails within the camp and includes nights and Sundays. Thank You for your cooperation and... read more


Several gnomes have been spotted along the trails at Hershey Medical Center over the past few weeks and their numbers seem to be growing!  We are not quite sure if they are migrating to these woods or have been here all along. The gnomes seem to be friendly but do not like to be picked up and held. They have been spotted hanging around hollow trees and stumps and seem to like the rocky areas where there are a lot of ferns. Maybe you caught a glimpse out of the corner of your eye on a recent ride? Gnomes bring good luck so if you know of a gnome that is looking to re-locate please feel free to direct them to HMC.       SAMBA/NBB HMC Gnome challenge contest rules Meet at “The Beach” kiosk area at HMC at 8:30 on 7/27 to register. Just inside the gate on Reservoir rd. Go out and ride. Search for gnomes. Gnomes will be asked to re-locate before the start to keep it fair. Take selfies with gnomes. Decide if you are going for the GRAND PRIZE package requiring 4 gnome selfies. Return to “The Beach” to verify photos, post photos to SAMBA Facebook and claim prizes!!! GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE from New Belgium Brewing & SAMBA (First one to snap 4 selfies  and verify AT SAME TIME) includes: Case of NBB Fat Tire Ale, Grand Trunk NBB hammock, NBB Baseball cap, NBB bandana, NBB frisbee, NBB patch kit, NBB bottle opener, NBB stickers, Stan’s Notubes sealant, Gu gels and SAMBA pint glass!   The first three participants that snap 3 selfies and verify photos win a prize package from... read more

SAMBA announces new Volunteer Appreciation Program (VAP)

Get cool SAMBA gear when you come out on a SAMBA workday to help build or maintain the trails you know and love!  For more information about when trail workdays are happening, please stay up to date by visiting our Facebook Page   or by checking out our SAMBA calendar 16 hours = SAMBA volunteer shirt 40 hours = Troegs gift card Most hours by Sept 1 = Free SAMBA BASH registration with dinner Top two volunteers by Dec 31 each get 2 passes for Dirtfest, courtesy of DirtRag SAMBA is  a 501c3 non-profit organization and 100% volunteer based. Our volunteers are our most important and valuable... read more

SAMBA is PROUD to announce, “Hershey Medical Center trail work to begin this Sunday, March 18th!”

Be part of SAMBA’s newest project and join us for the inaugural work day this Sunday, March 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm! If you’re interested in bulding trails for this first work day which will consist mostly of cutting brush and clearing leaves email Hersheytrail@gmail.com. We will meet on Reservoir Road behind the Med Center. Take Life Lion Drive to Meadow Wood Rd to Reservoir Road. Park on the gravel lot past the construction trailers.... read more


Paxtang Park Project underway! We are excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with the City of Harrisburg (land owner), Swatara Township and Paxtang Borough (owners of the roads approaching the park), and CAGA to partner to
begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park to be used as a parking, trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System.

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