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About The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour

Sunday, September 29th: 8 A.M. - 2 P.M.

The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour is an annual event hosted by Lackawanna Heritage Valley. The tour starts at YMCA Community Park in Carbondale (behind the Ben Mar Restaurant), and continues along the scenic and historic Lackawanna River Heritage Trail through Carbondale, Simpson, Forest City, Union Dale, and Ararat. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, learn about the history of the region, and meet new friends. Families may plan a full day of outdoor fun with the bike tour in the morning, and a festival at the Greater Carbondale YMCA in Carbondale in the afternoon! 

The bike tour offers four out-and-back routes that extend from Carbondale north on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Riders will choose a 3, 12 or 22-mile course, and more experienced bicyclists may enjoy the Ararat Pusher, a 40-mile course, which includes the historic Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail into the scenic Endless Mountains. 

Riders who sign up for the Ararat Pusher and the Union Dale Special, the 22-mile course, will head out promptly at 9 A.M. Registration for those riders opens at 8 A.M. 

Those joining the 11 and 3-mile tours may choose to arrive a bit later, as those tours will leave between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. All riders should arrive 30 minutes prior to their selected tour to complete the registration process.

Riders are strongly encouraged to use mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. Road bikes may not be suitable for these sections of the trail.

All of the trails have wide pathways, packed gravel surfaces, and gentle inclines that are generally under 4% grade. Each route has Station Stops on the course with water, snacks, and fun activities. Marshals will patrol the course, and intersections will be staffed with flaggers.

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Festival Along The Trails

Sunday, September 29th: 12 P.M. - 4 P.M.
Fall Festival in Carbondale: The Greater Carbondale YMCA hosts a yearly Fall Festival. This event features pumpkin painting, live entertainment, refreshments, games, an open swim, bounce house, a cookie walk and more! Many of the events are free to the public while others may have a minimal charge.

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Be part of the enthusiastic team that welcomes bicycle riders of all ages to the Heritage Explorer Bike Tour! The event depends on more than 100 volunteers to make the day run smoothly. Most volunteer assignments do not involve cycling. Bike Tour volunteers help with registration, prepare the trail for the big day, set up the Bike Tour Information Station and all of the Station Stops, serve snacks and beverages at the Station Stops during the Tour, direct traffic on the course, direct traffic at the YMCA Community Park, or serve on set-up and clean-up crews. However, if you want to ride your bike during the Bike Tour, you may qualify to be a bike marshal. 


  • Bike Tour Set up/Tear Down
  • Course Marking
  • Registration
  • Station Stops

Who Can Volunteer
Bike Tour volunteers must be 14 years or older by September 1st, 2019. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 must be accompanied by a supervisory adult, such as a parent or Scout leader. Groups of family members, friends, and co-workers, as well as service organizations (including Scout troops, Rotary groups, and youth groups are welcome to help out at the Bike Tour. Volunteering is a lot of fun! You’ll be an important part of the region’s most popular non-competitive bike ride. All volunteers will receive a free official Bike Tour T-shirt.

More Information
Want to learn more? Contact April Rogato, Executive Assistant, at 570-963-6730, extension 8200, or arogato@lhva.org.