Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

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


SAMBA invites you to join us for opening day events at the Ephrata Bike Park on Saturday, October 19. Come on out and be one of the first to test out the area’s first bike park! Ribbon Cutting ceremony and media coverage will take place at 12 NOON and the park will officially open afterwards.  The park is the perfect place to learn to ride and offers fun for all ages. The area  consists of a beginner trail and an advanced trail totaling 1.5 miles, a pump track, Strider track for the little ones, two bridges, dirt jumps and three skills areas and is just a couple blocks from downtown Ephrata adjacent to the Warwick Ephrata Rail trail (WERT). Green Mountain Cyclery will be on hand with demo bikes available and there will also be Strider demo bikes available for the kids. SAMBA will be providing tours and rides throughout the afternoon and giving away a 12″Strider bike to one lucky kid.  Learn more about SAMBA, Bike Ephrata, NICA, Mainspring of Ephrata and 717Cycling’s Learn to Mountain Bike program. Food trucks will be on-site. Parking available at the Fulton St parking lot. There will also be an after party celebration at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company starting at 4:00!!! See you... read more

HMC changes and news

Howdy, We want to make everyone aware that we have reversed the recommended direction of travel for trails W3 and W1 at the HMC Trail System in Hershey based on rider feedback asking for less climbing and more flow. This new route will present a better experience for first-time visitors to the trails. Kindly yield the trail if travelling the opposite direction. Trail markers are updated but the map is not. New recommended full route: E5/W5-Warm up E1,E2,E3,E4,W4,W3,W2,W1 Also, SAMBA’s Trail Liaisons have been hard at work advocating for an expansion of the system as well as a connector trail linking the Eshenour Bike Path and a handful of sweet new trail features. Check back for more info and work days coming... read more

SAMBA welcomes John Brennan to the Board

Did you know that SAMBA has a new Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channel in addition to our old Facebook group? If you’ve visited any of these sites then you’ve seen some of the awesome work that John has done recently. We would like to welcome John as a Board member-at-large and member of the Communications committee. John’s expertise and experience will help us share information with a larger audience using more platforms of social media and get the word out about rides, trail work and events. Thanks... 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 2019 ride calendar

We are proud to finally announce that we have established a monthly ride schedule for the entire 2019 riding season! We plan to host a ride each weekend starting in April and running through November. Of course some rides may be relocated, cancelled or rescheduled.  We also plan to continue our night rides at Governor Dick and Swatara in the Fall and and add some new night rides along the way. Here’s the basic plan: Camp Mack: First Sunday every month Parkway Trails: Second Saturday every month Weiser State Forest (Rattling Creek): Third weekend every month HMC Trails: Fourth Saturday every month All rides will be created as recurring Facebook events and also appear on our website calendar! Check Facebook for all ride updates. See you out there!... read more

SAMBA Winter Party and Fundraiser

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9th, 4pm at the Fire Hall in Mount Gretna. Huge raffle, beer, fabulous food, music & more! Rides will begin at 2pm.  Please inform anyone that may be interested.       While we have all been out riding and enjoying the trails SAMBA has been hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen. To continue this fabulous progress SAMBA needs YOUR help!  We are in need of members who are interested in filling the following positions on the SAMBA board and committees!   Please review the committees below that could use your help and let us know which interest you. Nominations will be accepted at the Winter Party on 2/9/19  and also on the SAMBABIKER.COM website, click on Contact and submit your nominations through March 15th. If the below committees aren’t really your “thing”, just let us know what your area of interest / expertise is and we can find a way to utilize you.     Public Relations (Need a PR Director & Committee members) Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship’s Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board   General guidelines Committees should meet a minimum... 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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