Pa 944 and Pa 997

Pa 944 and Pa 997 are an absolute joy to ride.  The tarmac is in good condition  throughout most of this 52 mile journey, so you can enjoy tackling this route at a ‘sporting pace’ or a leisurely one.  Either way – this is my favorite  way to travel  West of Harrisburg. The route is generally lightly traveled.  The further West you ride, (particularly on 997) the more likely you are to encounter more  Amish Buggies than cars. Watch out for horse pies…

Pa944 and Pa997

We will start where Pa 944 intersects with Pa 34 just north of Carlisle.  Pa 944 extends to Enola Pa but the fun factor for that stretch is limited as it is more heavily traveled and much more urban.

Pa 944

Pa 944

There are not very many places of note along this route – the road and the scenery are your reasons for being here! That said, for us 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, you can take a break for some target shooting at the pistol range approximately 1.5 miles from the start.  Here is Mrs Pa Motorcycle Tours squeezing off a few rounds at the range:

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From the pistol range onward, Pa 944 is great mix of gently rolling hills and mostly mild curves.   The curves become more frequent as you near the end with several fun S curves and a few wide open sweepers with great visibility.  A few of the S curves are tight and with limited visibility so be careful.  For the most part though – this ride is scenic.

Beautiful View of Blue Mountain and the valley

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Slightly rolling hills

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Heading in to a  typical sweeper on 944

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As you come to the end of Pa 944  at Pa 233 you will definitely stop and ponder how beautiful and fun that ride was !  There is more though.  Turn right onto Pa 233 for a mile or so and then make a left on to Pa 997 South.

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Pa 997 is a slightly untamed version of Pa 944.  It provides a few more tight corners and also delivers some spectacular scenery of Blue Mountain along the way.   The road maintains this mode for 23 miles until you reach Roxbury.

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From Roxbury to Shippensburg the road is mostly straight with a few sweeping curves. and some very nice views of the Cumberland Valley. As you get closer to Shippensburg you will encounter a few lights and some traffic. but it is short lived.

As you cross over I81 and head South toward US30 the road is entertaining and scenic – however this stretch is generally more highly traveled that the rest of the route.  At US30 the road ends.  From here, you can turn the ride into a great loop by turning left and picking up Pa 233 at Caledonia.

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ENJOY THE RIDE !

Brad Morgan < xx><

Brad Morgan CEO – SERVPRO of Hershey / Swatara

PS – for those who are wondering, the bike is a 2013 Concours 14 Sport Touring bike.