Its spring again in Happy Valley, the air is crisp and the skies are clear. State College has been famous for Sports on the gridiron and off, and this year is no different. However, what many people may not know is that Happy Valley also has one of the better sites for Cycling.

An extensive Bike Trail, numerous well-paved back roads, and a small town feel have made State College, a popular destination for bike enthusiasts.

On June 8th is the Rothrock TrailMix Presented by Happy Valley Biking. Featuring a short (19 mile) and long (32 mile) course, this mountain bike race is not for novices. Proceeds will benefit the Nittany Mountain Biking Association, a non-profit organization.

On June 16th is the 7th Annual Stoopid 50 back country race, Presented by Shenandoah Mountain Touring, LLC and (NMBA) Nittany Mountain Bike Association. The Stoopid 50 is a great combination of forest roads and trails and covers the bulk of the great trails in the Rothrock State Forest, including the Coopers Gap area. On June 29th is the CVIM Cycling for Care Presented by Centre Volunteers in Medicine. Featuring an 8 mile loop, a 29 mile loop and a 61 mile loop; this fundraising event is for the Centre Volunteers, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical and dental care to our Centre County neighbors without insurance.

Even if you never take up a bike to race, Happy Valley still has plenty to do on a bike. From town to country, wineries, parks, downtown and out of town; bike trails connect all of State College. A popular destination is Spring Creek Park in Houserville (pictured above), located off East College Avenue. Spring Creek is a 114-acre facility that features a softball field, a basketball pavilion, two tennis courts, eight RV/camper hook-ups, three tent camping sites, trails, a sand volleyball court, and a rest room/shower pavilion. If that is too far out of town try Sunset Park for a rollicking good time. Spring is here and with it are events, planned or otherwise. Don’t let another sun-filled year pass you by. State College has many an option even when there’s no one on the gridiron; don’t be a stranger ya hear.