(Brady’s Bend Overlook pictured above)
There are so many roads in the PA Great Outdoors region to drive and explore, the hardest part is deciding which routes you should take. This is the first of four highlighted routes that will take you on a tour through some of the most majestic and scenic views in Pennsylvania. Along the way, you’ll have many opportunities to enjoy the stunning vistas and visit some enchanting and interesting destinations. These are just suggested routes. Feel free to explore, make changes, and take side trips as you choose. Be sure to start each drive with a full tank, because there are some stretches where gas stations are few and far between and cellular service is spotty at best. There are more driving tour routes available on our website at VisitPAGO.com/Scenic-drives.
2 Hours and 20 Minutes
This drive features the beautiful countryside of Clarion County and winds through dense forests, along peaceful rivers, around quiet farms, and into some beautifully quaint small towns that epitomize the meaning of Americana and offer a number or interesting and unique stops along the way.
Starting at the Clarion County Courthouse in downtown Clarion, take North 5th Avenue out of town and across the bridge spanning the upper end of the Piney Reservoir on the Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Stay on Miola Road (Route 1005) for 14 miles. A) While on Milo Road, stop at Kalyument Fore Fun for a round of mini-golf or laser tag.
Make a left onto Route 36 North and drive 8 miles through the town of Leeper. At the Route 208 Intersection, take Route 208 East towards the town of Fryburg. B) When in Fryburg enjoy shopping for antiques and collectibles at the Fryburg Old Treasures Depot.
Once in the town of Fryburg, make another left on Route 208 towards the town of Marble. Follow that route for 12.6 miles until your reach Shippenville. From Shippenville, stay on Route 208 East through Knox for 13.6 miles. C) Stretch your legs and spot some birds and other wildlife at the Beaver Creek Natural Area.
Make a left on Route 478 West/PA 38 South for 2.2 miles to St. Petersburg. Once you reach St. Petersburg, make a right on to Route 58 East. Follow this road for 2.3 miles to the resort town of Foxburg. D) Foxburg is a must-stop for travelers. The riverside town offers everything from wineries, a chocolatier, fine dining, lodging, an art gallery, and America’s oldest country club in continuous use.
Leaving Foxburg, cross the bridge over the Wild & Scenic Allegheny River, and then make a left on Route 268 South/Kittanning Pike for 11 miles towards Petrolia.
Make a left onto Main Street, which becomes Queenstown Road (Route 4002) for 6.2 miles, and then make another left on to Route 68 East for 10 miles through East Brady to Rimersburg. E) When leaving East Brady make sure to take in the spectacular view at Brady’s Bend Overlook.
As you leave Rimersburg make a right on Route 861 East. After that it’s 11.6 miles to New Bethlehem. Once in New Bethlehem turn left on Route 66 North for 16.2 miles until you reach Clarion. F) Make a left on Main Street and end your journey with a visit to Clarion River Brewing Company on the corner of 6th and Main.
*Suggested Side Trips
G) From the town of Knox, follow Route 208 for 5.3 miles, make a right on Community Road and follow that for 2.9 miles until you reach Kahle Lake
H) From the town of Rimersburg take Route 68 West for 9 miles to Sligo where you can take a selfie with The Big Cow.
I) Stop in for a glass at the Deer Creek Winery, 3.4 miles off of Route 322 West on Soap Fat Road.