Hillsgrove Covered Bridge Near Worlds End State Park
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by Dave
3w ago
The Hillsgrove Covered Bridge is located just down the road from Forksville and Worlds End State Park, in an idyllic setting. It was built by the same builder, Sadler Rogers, of the more famous Forksville Covered Bridge, which perfectly frames the Forksville General Store and Big Mike's Cheesesteaks. Sadler was only 18 when he constructed these bridges in the 1850s.  It is 186 feet long and 18 feet wide, across the mighty Loyalsock Creek with Burr Arch Trusses. It is also meticulously maintained and clearly well valued by the overall community. It was fully restored in 2010, but agai ..read more
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Sleepy Hollow and the Loyalhanna Gorge Natural Area, Lincoln Highway between Ligonier & Latrobe
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by Dave
1M ago
The Loyalhanna Gorge Greenway protects a nice section of the Loyalhanna Creek, just downstream from beautiful Idlewild Amusement Park and more and just upstream from where it heads into Latrobe. It is located in between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the beautiful Lincoln Highway/Route 30, at the point that the Lincoln Highway really starts to go wild into the mountains. The section we are covering today is called "Sleepy Hollow" and it is a pretty pleasant place to stop at.  It is a wonderful place to get out and stretch your legs and let the pups go in and wade for a minute. I ..read more
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Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge: Lancaster County
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by Dave
1M ago
Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge is a beautiful little covered bridge in Lancaster County across Cocalico Creek. For a guide on other covered bridges in Lancaster County, the county with the most covered bridges in PA, check out our guide. This little covered bridge has white portals with red sides. I am usually indifferent about what color the portals of a covered bridge are, but I have to say that the white portals on this bridge really pop with the lush greenery of the surrounding woods. On one end of the bridge, you approach the covered bridge by going through agricultural areas, very much in ..read more
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Tioga-Hammond Lakes Overlook and Recreation Area, Opposite Route 15/I99 Overlook
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by Dave
2M ago
So we recently covered the beautiful scenic overlook at the Route 15/I-99 Welcome Center. Today we take a look from the other side, looking towards it, from the little strip of land between the Tioga and Hammond Lakes, an abrupt rocky formation that is a fantastic place to have a picnic.  While the view is not as sweeping as the view from up on the mountain on Route 15, here you can see how impressive and bold this road cut was. Engineering and human effort in action to harness nature and have it work together. Between the road cut and the giant dam for the lakes, this is a really imp ..read more
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Weaver's Mill Covered Bridge: Lancaster County
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by Dave
2M ago
Weaver's Mill Covered Bridge is surrounded by agricultural land in Lancaster County. For a guide on other covered bridges in Lancaster County, the county with the most covered bridges in PA, check out our guide.  I particularly like the large stone entry ways leading up to the bridge.  The bridge is 82 feet long and dates back to 1879. It utilizes the Burr Arch-Truss method of construction and it crosses the Conestoga River. Coordinates:  40.141323, -75.997804 ..read more
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Beartown Rocks: An Awesome Rock City in Clear Creek State Forest
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by Dave
2M ago
We have gone to Beartown Rocks before, and I appreciated it even more on this visit. This rock city is very pretty, and the sandstone weathering on this outcropping is especially beautiful and different from other rock cities across the state. Us and the pups had a great time walking around it.  The weathering, moss, lichen, and odd shapes of the rocks is something that is so neat to see. The weathering process in general is such a neat concept and the wildly different results depending upon the makeup of the rocks is a terrific insight into the power of nature.  These rocks pred ..read more
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PA Wildflower Hotspot Guide: 40+ Wildflower Destinations in Pennsylvania
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by Dave
3M ago
   So March, April, and early May are the prime times of the year to see early wildflowers. As the leaves begin to grow on the trees, the red blooms begin on the maples, and the flowering trees show off their brilliance, the forest floor comes to life as well. From long fallen brown leaves on forest floors from autumn, new life sprouts up with beautiful wildflowers adding color back to what looked lifeless just weeks earlier. I have updated this list with a few more fantastic destinations that I have stumbled across since we first published this list. Late May through autumn provide ..read more
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Saegertown Bridge: A Stunning, Historic, Rare & Valued Historic Bridge & An Overview of French Creek in Northwest PA
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by Dave
4M ago
I will start by saying that French Creek, also known as the Venango River, is a treasure. This waterway is as substantial as many small rivers and riding along it is so picturesque, especially in the area of Cambridge Springs, Saegertown, and Meadville. For comparison, the Clarion River is of both a similar length, width, and depth, with French Creek's depth monitor actually being much deeper. It starts up in Chautaqua County, New York and meanders through northwest PA and eventually comes to a confluence with the Allegheny River in Franklin. The Venango name is likely derived from Seneca Nat ..read more
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10 years of Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond! Thank you for all of the support!
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by Dave
4M ago
Another year gone by for us here at Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond. Life is hectic, but adventure is always fun! That is what we aim to take out time for on this page. To cover the beauty that is right around the corner, everywhere in the commonwealth. Over the years we have hit all 67 counties and are still finding new spots, or new scenes from the same spots, as we revisit them. We created this page as one of the first Pennsylvania based travel blog and were unaware of anyone else doing this at the time. We aim to bring attention to the many great things our state had to offer. Some th ..read more
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Wintry Views of the Route 40 Historic National Road in Fayette County
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by Dave
5M ago
Driving from the southeast through Route 40/National Road back to Pittsburgh is one of my favorite routings. It is scenic and exciting, crosses waterways, and goes up and down hills and curves from Western Maryland. My favorite kind of driving. As we were driving, it was just getting toward sunset and we were seeing some of the first snow that we saw all year. Heading out of Maryland is pretty spectacular on I-68. Getting to see the Alleghenies unfold like that is pretty spectacular, as you glide across the edge of mountains. I enjoy riding on the Turnpike, up through Breezewood, but I really ..read more
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