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Current trail conditions south of Williamsport

Bob from NC on 6/1/2022 6:18:40 PM:
We’re planning a ride down the trail and towpath next week, wondering what current conditions are. Appreciate any insights.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 6/1/2022 7:19:44 PM:
As of last week when I rode the trail the conditions were generally "ok". Aside from the area upriver from Dam 4 and, to a lesser degree Dam 5, and the much-discussed bypass detour up and over the Paw Paw Tunnel, the trail was rideable. As usual, the worst section was between Cumberland and Spring Gap with puddles and shallow soft mud that is typical after rains. There is some single track in that stretch that would make towing a two-wheeled trailer somewhat of a challenge but not insurmountable. Once you are on the portion of the Towpath that has been resurfaced, the trail was damp but solid and smooth. As reported, there was considerable debris that washed up on the causeway along Big Slackwater that required pushing or lifting your bike to get through. Some of that debris may have been removed by now. Also that deep mud was nearly impossible and dangerous to ride through but ride through I did. Previous riders had created a path through the mud that allowed me to get through it albeit with some trepidation. By now I expect that area may have dried up quite a bit making passage there easier. I would recommend you get a current update from passing riders as you approach that area but I have to believe conditions are better than when I passed through there last week.