The mountain forests in our part of Pennsylvania are priceless natural wonders. They are renowned for their inspiring beauty, especially in the fall as the colors of the leaves turn orange, mustard and scarlet. As the dappled greens of summer wane to reveal the dazzling oranges, crimsons and golds of autumn, the woodlands of Pennsylvania show their true colors. When you take into consideration Cook Forest, the Allegheny National Forest, and the several state parks and natural areas located in our part of the state, the trees outnumber the people easily by a thousand to one. For folks on a fall leaf drive, that means Mother Nature’s crazy quilt of color can be enjoyed around almost every bend in the road wherever you go. We have put together a few recommended routes for your convenience along with a number of our favorite stops along the way. Enjoy!
Fantastic Forests (85 miles, 2 hours and 17 minutes)
This ride routes you alongside the picturesque Allegheny and Clarion Rivers, both protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, as well as through the unique woodlands of Cook Forest State Park and Allegheny National Forest.
Starting at the intersection of Route 36 and River Road in Cooksburg, take River Road for 8.3 miles along the banks of the Clarion River to the intersection with Route 899.
Take a sharp left onto Route 899 and ride north for 8.9 miles until you reach Route 66.
Turn right onto Route 66, and continue through Marienville for 2.8 miles. The Allegheny National Forest Ranger Station will be on your left. Stop in to learn about the ANF and stretch your legs.
As you leave the ANF Ranger Station, make a left on Route 66 and ride northeast for 4.0 miles.
Turn left on Blue Jay Creek Road, and follow this road for 5.4 miles. After you cross Tionesta Creek, make a left onto Route 666.
Ride Route 666, “The Devil’s Highway,” across the Allegheny National Forest for 24.6 miles through spectacular mountain vistas to East Hickory.
At the intersection of Route 666 and U.S. 62 in East Hickory, make a left on U.S. 62 and ride south for 7.2 miles. Enjoy scenic views of the Allegheny River on your way to Tionesta.
Continue straight on Route 36 for 0.3 miles past the turnoff for the U.S. 62 bridge and turn right on Highland Street. Travel 0.1 mile and turn left onto Lighthouse Island. Park for awhile and walk around Lighthouse Island, home of the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse, a Tionesta icon and a curious attraction in landlocked western Pennsylvania.
Head back out to Highland Street and turn right on Route 36. Continue for 19.4 miles through Leeper back to Cook Forest State Park.
Turn right onto Fire Tower Road and ride for 1.5 miles to the trailhead for Seneca Point and the Fire Tower. These two attractions deep in the woods offer wide views of the park and the Clarion River Valley you won’t soon forget.
Jump back on your bike and continue along the loop for 1.3 miles back to Route 36.
Turn right on Route 36 and ride for 0.9 miles to return to your starting point at the entrance to Cook Forest State Park. The old-growth forest it contains features some of the tallest trees in the northeastern United States, a wide range of trails for hikers of all skill levels, plenty of picnic areas, and a craft market and summer theater, so you’ll find lots to see and do.
Elk Country (91.1 miles, 2 hours and 11 minutes)
This route offers spectacular mountain views in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Wild Elk Country. Wykoff Run Road in the Quehanna Wild Area is one of the top-rated motorcycle rides in Pennsylvania, and it features amazing sweeps and turns following a photogenic mountain stream with pull-offs where you can see several beautiful waterfalls.
Start at the Elk Country Visitor Center (use 950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, in your GPS), and follow Homestead Drive for 0.6 miles out to Winslow Hill Road.
Turn left on Winslow Hill Road and ride 0.9 miles down the hill to the Benezette Hotel, then turn left and continue one block to Route 555.
Turn right on Route 555 and ride for 2.9 miles to the intersection with Route 2004/Quehanna Highway.
Turn left on Quehanna Highway and continue for 9.0 miles to the intersection with Losey Road. Pull off at the parking area on your left and stretch your legs for a few minutes with a short walk into the Marion Brooks Natural Area section of the Quehanna Wild Area. The woods adjacent to the parking area include a photogenic stand of white birch trees, one of the largest and most accessible in the state.
Get back on your bike and turn left to continue along Quehanna Highway for 5.4 miles.
Take a sharp left turn at the intersection with Route 2001/Wykoff Run Road, and enjoy the views along this scenic road for 9.9 miles as you continue to Sinnemahoning.
Wykoff Run Road ends at Route 120 in Sinnemahoning. At this intersection, turn left onto Route 120 and ride for 20.7 miles to Emporium.
At the Y intersection with Route 155, bear left to continue on Route 120 for 20.1 miles through Emporium to St. Marys. In Emporium, take note of the Cameron County Canvas murals, which illustrate people who played significant roles in town or represented it honorably through their military service.
When you reach St. Marys, turn right on South Michael Street to stay on Route 120. In 0.1 mile, take a sharp left turn as you follow the signs for Route 120 West/Route 255 South.
Continue on Route 120 West/Route 255 South for 0.2 miles to the intersection with State Street. Stay straight to continue on Route 255, and follow this road for 8.6 miles.
Turn left at the intersection with Caledonia Road and ride for 3.7 miles to Route 555.
Turn left on Route 555 and head back to Benezette to watch the elk at sunset from Winslow Hill. To get there, take Route 555 for 6.7 miles to the sign for the Elk Country Visitor Center and turn left, then right at the Benezette Hotel on Winslow Hill Road. Ride for 2.1 miles and turn left onto Dewey Road, then take an immediate right into the parking lot for the Winslow Hill Overlook.
Groundhog Loop (112 miles, 2 hours and 45 minutes)
This drive features Punxsutawney, known as the home of the world’s most famous weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, as well as the historic towns of Brookville and Ridgway, the most unique Harley-Davidson dealership in the U.S., the endlessly scenic Clarion River, and beautiful rolling hills.
Starting at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitor Bureau at 2801 Maplevale Road in Brookville, make a left on Maplevale Road. Go 0.1 mile to the intersection with Jenks Street and turn right.
At the Y intersection in 0.9 miles, bear right and continue down the hill on Valley Street for 0.4 miles to the stoplight on Main Street.
Cross Main Street and continue south on Route 36 for 16.2 miles to Punxsutawney, passing several picturesque farms along the way.
Turn left on Walston Road and continue for 3.2 miles to Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney. The town is full of Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil attractions as well as shops, restaurants, trails, historical points of interest, and public art, plus several wineries can be found on its outskirts, so take some time to explore.
To continue your ride, turn left on Mahoning Street and go 0.2 miles to the intersection with U.S. 119/Hampton Avenue, just before the bridge. Turn left and continue for 13.3 miles to Sykesville.
At the stoplight next to the Sykesville Post Office, continue straight to stay on U.S. 119. In 0.3 miles, turn left to continue on U.S. 119, and ride for 3.9 miles to U.S. 219.
Turn left on U.S. 219 and continue for 2.7 miles through DuBois to East DuBois Avenue. Turn left to stay on U.S. 219, and you’ll see DuBois Harley-Davidson on your left in 0.1 mile. Pull in and check out the most unique Harley-Davison shop in the country.
After you’ve loaded up on Harley gear, take a left on U.S. 219 and ride for 9.8 miles to Brockway.
Turn right to stay on U.S. 219 and continue 17.4 miles to Ridgway. Stop in at the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce at the intersection of U.S. 219/Main Street and Route 949/South Broad Street to get a map of the town’s “Lily of the Valley” National Historic Register District, and spend some on “Millionaires’ Row” admiring Ridgway’s distinctive architecture dating back to the mid-1800s.
From the chamber office, turn left on South Broad Street and ride for 0.2 miles to Route 949/South Street.
Turn right onto Route 949/South Street and travel for 20.0 miles.
Watch for signs and take a right to stay on Route 949 for 10.8 miles.
Turn right onto Clear Creek Road and take a short detour into Clear Creak State Park. This small gem of the state parks system is a great place to stop for a picnic lunch, a short hike, or even a swim in its icy waters.
As you leave the park, turn right and ride for 4.0 miles to the flashing light at the intersection of Route 36.
Turn left on Route 36 and ride for 7.0 miles to get back to Maplevale Road. Turn left on Maplevale to get back to your starting point at the visitors bureau, or continue straight to refuel yourself and your bike.
To get to historic downtown Brookville and its restaurants, shops, and attractions, stay south on Route 36 for 1.0 mile from the Route 36/Maplevale Road intersection, then turn left onto U.S. 322/Route 36/West Main Street and continue for 0.8 miles to the west end of this charming Victorian historic district.
Clarion’s Countryside (105 miles, 2 hours and 26 minutes)
This drive features the beautiful countryside of Clarion County on its scenic route through dense forests, alongside peaceful rivers, past quiet farms, and through quaint small towns offering many interesting places to stop along the way.
Starting at the Clarion County Courthouse in downtown Clarion, take North 5th Avenue out of town. Ride across the bridge spanning the upper end of Piney Reservoir on the Clarion River, part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. North 5th Avenue becomes Miola Road.
Stay on Route 1005/Miola Road for 6.9 miles. At the intersection with White Oak Drive, turn left, then turn left again in 0.1 mile into the parking lot for Helen Furnace. Take a moment to stretch your legs and walk around this relic of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage.
Head back out onto Miola Road and take a left to continue 4.5 north to the intersection with Route 36.
Make a left onto Route 36 and drive 7.9 miles through Leeper to the intersection with Route 208. Turn left on Route 208.
Travel 5.0 miles west to the town of Fryburg, then make a left on Route 208 toward Marble.
Take Route 208 7.7 miles south to Shippenville.
In Shippenville, turn right to stay on Route 208 for 0.2 miles, then turn left onto Railroad Street to stay on Route 208 and continue south.
Travel 4.3 miles on Route 208 to downtown Knox. At the intersection with West State Street, turn right and travel 0.1 mile on Main Street, then turn left onto West Railroad Street to continue on Route 208.
From there, continue west for 7.2 miles along Route 208 through the Beaver Creek Nature Area to the intersection with Route 38. Turn left to continue on Route 208 south for 1.7 miles to the intersection with Route 478.
Turn left on Route 478 and follow this road for 2.2 miles south to Route 58 in St. Petersburg.
In St. Petersburg, make a right on Route 58 and continue west for 2.3 miles to the resort town of Foxburg. Spend some time enjoying the downtown attractions.
Once you’re ready to leave Foxburg, cross the bridge spanning the Allegheny River, part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, then make a left on Route 268/Kittanning Pike.
Continue 7.5 miles to Bruin and make a left on Main Street to stay on Route 268.
Carry on south 3.1 miles to Petrolia. Take a left on Route 4002/Main Street and continue on this route for 6.3 miles to the intersection with Route 68.
Take a left on Route 68 and travel for 1.1 miles across the Allegheny River into East Brady, then turn right onto Kellys Way to stay on Route 68. In 0.4 miles, turn left on 3rd Street to continue on Route 68.
In 2.1 miles, pull into the parking lot on the left and take in the panoramic view of a wide bend in the Allegheny River at Brady’s Bend Overlook.
From the parking lot, take a left onto Route 68 and follow this road for 6.1 miles through Rimersburg.
After passing through Rimersburg, make a right on Route 861 and ride 11.6 miles to New Bethlehem.
At the intersection of Route 861/Penn Street and Route 66/Wood Street in New Bethlehem, turn left and follow Route 66 north for 16.2 miles to Main Street in Clarion.
Make a left on Main Street and return to your starting point at the Clarion County Courthouse in 0.3 miles. Take some time to explore the restaurants, shops, trails, and other attractions found throughout this cute university town.
Crafts & Markets
Fairs & Festivals
Food & Wine
History & Heritage
Nature & Wildlife
State Parks: Events & Programs
Theater & Arts
1000 Harriger Hollow Rd., (Ramsaytown) Brookville
15 Club Rd., Sinnemahoning
40 Maples Day Use Area Sinnemahoning State Park
8th Annual Horse Sale
Aiden's Army Event Location
Allegheny National Forest Hearts Content Day Use Area
Allegheny National Forest Loleta Day Use Area
Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA)
American Legion State
At the Woods Cabin
Austin Dam Memorial Park
Barrel 55 bbr
Bear Creek Wines
Beaver Run Equestrian Theatre
Benezette School House
Bennetts Valley Senior Center
Big Maple Farm's Natural Therapies
Big Run Ball Field
Big Run War Memorial
Black Caddis Ranch
Brady Craig Building
Briar Hill Furniture
Brick House Bed and Breakfast
Bridge at Remagen
Brockway High School
Brockway Parkside Complex
Brockway Sportsmen's Club
Brockway Volunteer Hose Company
Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce
Brookville Area High School
Brookville Church of God
Brookville Depot Spur Trailhead
Brookville Equipment Corporation
Brookville Fire Company Social Hall
Brookville Town Square
Buddy Boy Winery
C93 and Radio 13
Callensburg Ball Field
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center
Cameron County Conservation District
Cameron County Court House
Cameron County Fair
Cameron County High School
Carlson Library at Clarion University
Center St., Ridgway
Chateau D'Argy Event Center
Chicken Hill Distillery
Chicken Hill Distillery and Bear Creek Wines
Clarion Brewing Co
Clarion County Airport
Clarion County Courthouse
Clarion County Fairgrounds
Clarion County Historical Society
Clarion County Park
Clarion Farms Beef Barn
Clarion Free Library
Clarion Oaks Golf Course
Clarion Post Office
Clarion River Brewing Company
Clarion River Bridge
Clarion River Suites
Clarion Sigma Phi 5K
Clarion University - Becht Hall
Clarion University - Carter Auditorium, Still Hall
Clarion University - Grunenwald Science & Tech Center
Clarion University - Marwick Boyd Fine Arts
Clarion University - Planetarium
Clarion University - Student Recreation Center
Clarion University - Suites on Main North
Clarion University Bell Tower
Clarion University Hart Chapel
Clarion University Memorial Stadium
Clarion University- Gemmell Complex
Clarion University- Moore Hall
Clarion University- Science & Technology Center
Clarion- 6th Ave
Clarion- Limestone High School
Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail
Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail, Ridgway PA
Clear Creek State Park
Cook Forest Fire Tower
Cook Forest Scenic Trailride, Dude Ranch, & Campground
Cook Forest State Campground
Cook Forest State Park
Cook Forest State Park - Shelter 2
Cook Forest State Park Ice Skating Pond
Cook Forest State Park Office
Cook Forest State Park Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater
Cook Trail - Henry's Run
Coolspring Power Museum
Coolspring Power Museum, 179 Coolspring Rd., Coolspring
Coospring Presbyterian Church
Copper Fox Winery
Cornerstone Church of God
Corsica Fire Hall
Corsice Fire Hall
Country Pride Restaurtant/TA Truck Stop
Country Squirrel Outfitters
Crazy Horse Saloon
CU Movies on Main
Dan Smith's Candies
DB's Smokin' BBQ
DeBence Antique Music World 1261 Liberty St., Franklin
DeBence Antique Music World 1261 Liberty Street Franklin PA 16323
Deer Creek Winery
Deer Meadow Campground
Dents Run View Area
Dirty Ehrma's Cornerside Tavern
Double Diamond Deer Ranch
Downtown Knox and surrounding area Knox PA 16232
Downtown Punxsutawney and Gobblers Knob (Woodland Avenue Extension)
Driftwood Borough Park
Driftwood Saloon & Grill
DuBois Harley- Davidson
Eagles Club Punxsutawney
East Brady Volunteer Fire Department
East Branch Dam
East Forest High School
Elk Country Visitor Center
Elk County Catholic High School
Elk County Community Recycling Center
Elk County Council on the Arts
Elk County Fairgrounds
Elk County Historical Society
Elk County Riders On/Off Road Recreation Club
Elk Mountain at Knox Winery Outlet
Elk State Park
Emporium Country Club
Emporium Vol. Fire Co. 419 North Broad Street Emporium PA 15834
Evergreen Cabins & Mercantile
F.L. Crooks & Co.
Farmington Volunteer Fire Department
Flying Dove Ranch
Flying W Ranch
Forest Count Historical Society
Forest County Historical Society
Fox Township Fire Hall
Fox Township Rodeo
Fox Township Sportsman's Club
Fox Township Volunteer Fire Company
Foxburg Wine Cellars
Frank Varischetti Field
Fryburg Sportsmen's Club
Gallery at New Bethlehem Town Center
George C. Brown Community Pool
Gobblers Knob Woodland Avenue Extension Punxsutawney
Gold Eagle Restaurant
Grace Evangelical Church
Green Valley Fall Fest
Groundhog Bowling Lanes
Gumtown Memorial Park
Harry F. Kunselman Park
Hawthorn Fire Hall
Hawthorn Rod & Gun Club
Hazen Flea Market
Heath Township Sportsman Club
Hominy Ridge Lodge and Cabins
Iron Mountain Grille
Jefferson County Courthouse
Jefferson County Fair Grounds
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
Jefferson County Fairgrounds 1514 Rt. 28N, Brookville
Jefferson County History Center
Jefferson County History Center 176 Main St., Brookville
Jefferson Social Building
Johnsonburg Community Center
Johnsonburg Fire Hall
Johnsonburg High School
Kahle Lake Lakeview Drive Lamartine PA 16375
Kellettville Sportsmans Club
Knox American Legion
Knox Volunteer Fire Dept
KS Horse Sales
Laurel Fields Rd
Laurel Mill Ski Trail
Laurel Mountain Vineyard
Laurel Mountain Winery
Lazy River Canoe Rental
Lee Foster Memorial Run
Limestone Twp Station 580
Lindemuth's Country Store
Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom
Long Shot Ammo & Arms
Lucinda Train Station
Mahoning Valley Milling Co. Inc
Maple Shade Mansion
Mapleview Schoolhouse Market & Event Center
Marienstadt Public House
Marienville Ranger District Office
Marienville Town Square
Marlin Opera House
Marwick Boyd Little Theatre
May Hollow Sportsman's Club
McKinley Ball Fields
Memorial Church of Our Father
Mill Creek Boat Launch
Minister Creek Campground
Moon-Lite Drive Inn
Moonlite Drive-In Theatre
Moose Lodge #101
Moose Lodge #366
Motion Control Building
Movies on Main
Mt. Zion Historical Park
New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
New Bethlehem VFW
North Central PA Region Planning & Development Center
Oakland Church of God
Open House Shop
Opera House Cafe
Pale Whale Canoe Fleet
Park Inn by Radisson
Park Inn by Radisson 45 Holiday Inn Rd., Clarion
Parker's Landing boat launch area, Parker, PA
Paul's Pumpkin Patch
Pavilion #2 Tom's Run
Pine Springs Pottery
Pinecrest Country Club
Piney Meadows Park
Plyler's Family Restaurant
Portersville Spring Gas-Up
Portersville Steam Show
Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial
Punxsutawney CHristian School
Punxsutawney Community Center
Punxsutawney Country Club
Punxsutawney Little League Fields
Punxsutawney Municipal Airport
Quiet Creek Herb Farm
R Bandana Winery
Race to the Face Starting/Ending Point
Ramada by Wyndham
Rathmel Run Hunting Preserve
Rebecca M Arthurs Memorial Library
Redbank Valley Community Center
Redbank Valley High School
Redbank Valley Library
Redbank Valley Municipal Park
Redbank Valley Park
Reynoldsville Eagles Club
Ridge Camp Campground
Ridgway Carnival Grounds
Ridgway Elks Lodge #872
Ridgway Rifle Club
Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce
RMS Parking Lot
Rolfe Beagle Club
Ross Run Creek
Rustic Acres RV Resort & Campground
Sacred Heart Parish
Sandy Beach Park
Sawmill Center for the Arts
Scotch Hill Community Hall
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Sherman Memorial Lighthouse
Shop 'n Save
Sigel Sportsmen's Club
Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club
Sinnemahoning State Park
Sinnemahoning State Park Wild Life Center
Sizerville State Park
Sizerville State Park 199 East Cowley Run Road, Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834
Sligo Rec Center
Sligo Sportsman & Archery Club
St Boniface School
St Cloud Hotel
St Cloud Parking
St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
St Leo Magnus Church
St Marys Church Parish Center
St Marys Municipal Airport
St Marys PA
St Marys Walmart
St Michaels Parish
St. Joseph's Church
St. Mary's Airport
St. Mary's Chamber
St. Mary's Fireworks
St. Mary's High School
St. Marys Area High School
St. Marys Church
St. Marys Community Pool
St. Marys Sportsman Club
St. Marys Sportsmen's Club 1339 Glen Hazel Rd., St. Marys
Start across from Emporium Country Club Rt. 120, Emporium. Finish line in Driftwood.
Starts at Ridgway Courthouse, Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853
Stello Foods Inc Outlet Store
Stewart Bovard Memorial Library
Stone Crest Cabins
Straub Brewery Visitor Center & Tap Room
Super 8 Motel
Sykesville Fair Grounds
Tablespoons Cafe & Deli
Taylor Memorial Park
The Flight Deck Restaurant & Lounge
The Forest Lodge & Campground
The Highlands Banquet Center
The Medix Hotel 23155 Quehanna Hwy., (Medix Run) Weedville
The Red Brick Gallery
The Royal Inn
The Sutton-Ditz Museum
Thunder Mountain Speedway
Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays
Tionesta Market Village
Tionesta Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
Toby Boat Launch
Toby Boat Ramp
Trails End Restaurant
Tri County Rails to Trails
University Art Gallery
Veteran's Memorial Park- Clarion
Veterans Memorial Bridge
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Walter Dick Memorial Park
Warsaw Sportsmen's Club
Warsaw Township Sportsman's Association Williams Rd., Reynoldsville (Hazen)
Weather Discovery Center
West Forest High School
Winds of Trade Community Center
Winery at Wilcox
Winery at Wilcox - DuBois
Winslow Hill Elk Viewing Area
Wolf's Corner Fairgrounds
Wolf's Den Restaurant
Wolfs Camping Resort
Yoga in the Wilds
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