Fall Driving Tours
Autumn in the PA Great Outdoors region is a special time of the year. The air is cool and crisp and our forests are dancing with bright orange, yellow and red leaves blowing in the breeze. If you go on a leaf drive, Mother Nature’s crazy quilt of colors can be enjoyed around almost every bend in the road wherever you go. We have put together several recommended routes with a number of our favorite stops along the way. This is final of four driving tours that have been posted to this blog on Saturdays.
Clarion Countryside Loop
(65 miles, 1¾ hours)
Clarion County is home to Clarion University, Cook Forest and two Wild & Scenic rivers, the Clarion River and Allegheny River. The town of Clarion is easily accessed from I-80 to start the countryside loop. From Clarion, the drive winds south along Rt. 68 through Sligo and Rimersburg to East Brady. Sligo was named after the seacoast town in Ireland and has streets named Shamrock Drive and Colerain that have an Irish flair. At the southern point along the route, you’ll find Brady’s Bend Overlook (A). The overlook offers a beautiful panoramic view of a magnificent bend in the Allegheny River. It is also a popular spot for eagle and hawk watching. Traveling north on Rt. 268, you’ll arrive at Parker, where you can cross the Allegheny on one of the few remaining metal truss bridges (circa 1934) of any kind on this area of the river. Go a few more miles north and discover the charming resort town of Foxburg. Stop in the Divani Chocolate Boutique (B) for unique handmade gourmet European-style chocolates. Rounding the top of the loop, you’ll come to the town of Shippenville along Rt. 58, where you can enjoy free wine tastings and sample the wine sorbet at the Deer Creek Winery (C). Continue on Rt. 58 and head back to Clarion for some good food in a comfortable setting at the RBG Restaurant (D) at the Park Inn by Radisson.
For more information on fall events in the region and fall foliage driving tours, go to VisitPAGO.com/scenic-drives or call the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.