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5 Ways to Get Fit With the Family in Tioga County

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Exercise doesn’t need to be limited to solo workouts at the gym. Infuse some fun, family bonding and a little friendly competition into your fitness routine with the help of the amazing outdoor activities in Tioga County. Simply roundup the family and bike, hike, or horseback ride your way through the stunning Pennsylvania trails marked by can’t-be-beat fall foliage.

Here are just a few of the many ways to get fit with a group of all ages and fitness levels in Tioga County:

  • Located at the bottom of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is the ideal destination for a group bike ride. The 62-mile trail has only a 2 percent grade over its entire length and winds alongside the Pine Creek. Not to mention, a 12-mile section of the gorge boasts National Natural Landmark recognition by the National Park Service. Dog lovers can rejoice: pooches can join the family when kept on a leash.
  • Gather your group and go horseback riding with the local mainstay Tioga Trail Rides. Guests are treated to guided treks by the experienced owners through picturesque scenery on 200 acres of property. You’ll be able to scope out views that include mountains and meadows that can’t be accessed on foot. Plus, horses are available for every skill level—no experience needed!
  • Hiking with groups is a breeze at the accessible-for-everyone Barbour Rock Trail. Families with disabilities or young children can breathe easy; the .75 mile trail is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act and can be accessed via wheelchair, strollers, and motorized scooters. Situated within Colton State Park, the trail also offers the best views of Owassee Rapids around. The massive maples, oaks and other hardwood trees are just an autumnal bonus.
  • Folks of every fitness level are welcome to the Ives Run Trail Challenge. The 4-mile footrace takes place in the Ives Run Recreation area of Hammond Lake and includes portions of the Lynn Keller, the Stephenhouse and the Archery Trails. The race takes place on four types of terrain for a bit of a challenge. This race is perfect for everyone from those looking to make a personal record or those that prefer a stroll. October 12.
  • Be sure to roundup the family for the can’t-miss Step Outdoors TryAthalon. Hosted at Hills Creek State Park, the super-accessible made-for-the-family fitness event incorporates a 3.1 mile run, a 1.75 mile swim, and an 8.0 mile bike trek for teams of 2 or 3. Registration is closed for this year’s event, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t attend as a spectator—or start planning for next year! September 20.

For more information about fall fun and fitness-friendly activities in Tioga County, PA, please visit here.