102 of award winning waterway
McGees Mills Covered Bridge
Miles of backroads to explore

After several years of planning and collaboration, on March 27, 2012 the West Branch Susquehanna Byway became Pennsylvania's 19th PennDOT designated byway. This designation opens the doors to many opportunities for Clearfield County from marketing to funding programs.

The byways became a dream of  some very dedicated individuals that care about their communities and wanted to create a legacy that would protect and preserve the WB and her scenic roads. The support of Senator Don White and his staff  ultimately made the dream of a byway became a reality. The byways runs along the West Branch Susquehanna River from the McGee's Mills Covered Bridge to the Clearfield County line in Karthaus.

Many of our attractions are located along or close by the designated route and the river and the byway will serve as a marketing tool for Visit Clearfield County,  their supporting partners and surrounding communities. " For the byway to be a valuable asset to the county, communities will need to embrace the byway and utilize it to enhance their existing marketing and development efforts as well as develop new. " Holly Komonczi, Executive Director or Visit Clearfield County.

The West Branch Susquehanna Byways designation will open new marketing such as being recognized on the PA portion of the National Scenic Byways Website, the State Tourism website and utilizing PA Byway Signs. It will also allow qualified projects associated with the Byway to receive funds from the Federal Highway Administrations National Scenic Byways Program. Project Categories that may be applied for funds include: Corridor Management Plan, Safety Improvements, Byways Facilities, Access to Recreation, Resource Protection, Interpretive Information and Marketing.

"This designation is going to open doors for small communities with big ideas." says Ms. Komonczi.  "We are super excited to see these projects unfold."

Visit Clearfield County's Tourism Development Specialist Sue Swales Vitullo is working with the Visit Clearfield County Hotel Tax committee on a marketing campaign that will focus around the river/byway and all the assets it provides the county. The 2013 Travel Planner will also focus on the 102 miles of the West Branch Susquehanna River that is located in the county.

The Rock Ride (Shorter ride)

From Clearfield, take SR 879 to Curwensville. Go straight through at light. Turn right on Greenville Pike, approx. 1

Over and Around the Mountain (Day Trip)

Travel is approximately 40 miles, and can take 11/2 hours to 2 days, depending on length of stops and personal interest. Outdoor photo opportunities are spectacular in northern Clearfield County, and this tour provides shutterbugs with lots of great shots to choose from!

 

From Exit 111 of I-80, proceed 1.4 M N on SR 153, following signs to SB Elliot State Park. Turn right and make a second fast right to enter the park, or, to visit Panther Rocks go straight on 4-Mile Road after turning.

Visitors to Elliott State Park can learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its role at Parker Dam and S.B. Elliott State Parks at Elliott's Welcome Center, housed in one of the CCC constructed buildings.

After returning to SR 153, proceed N another 1.7 miles to Hilltop House, a one-of-a-kind gift and craft shop.

Parker Dam State Park is 2.7 M ahead.

Visitors can picnic, fish, swim, camp, hike or just relax at Parker Dam.

After leaving Parker Dam, travel N for 2.2 M. B-Bar-M Campground is on the left.

Turn left at the stoplight in Penfield, and travel on SR 255 towards DuBois.

Camp Mountain Run, operated by the Bucktail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will be on the right 1.5 M ahead.

Green Ridge Drive-In is another 3.4 M.  and Sabula Lake is 2.3 M past the drive-in.

Treasure Lake will be on the right 1.3 M ahead. The public is welcome to visit Treasure Lake's Silver and Gold Golf Courses, Lake View Lodge, or attend any of the community events held throughout the year. Cabin and condo rentals are also available year-round.

Just after Treasure Lake is Exit 101 of I-80, and DuBois Mall after that on the left. Visitor Information is available at the DuBois Community Booth and Visitor Center.  Continue approximately 2 miles on SR 255, not turning, to reach DuBois Harley Davidson. It will be on the left. Along the way you will pass Penn State University DuBois Campus.

From DuBois Harley Davidson, reverse direction and return on SR 255. Turn right at the 5th stoplight (Shaffer Road). You will pass DuBois Mall again, but on a different side. At the second stoplight, turn left and head toward Rockton/ Clearfield.

Once arriving in Rockton, turn left to go toward Clearfield.

At approx. 1.4 M there will be room to pull off and take some great pictures of Anderson Creek.

Over the Mountain will be a short distance ahead on the right.

At the intersection with US 322/ SR 153, turn right if you wish to visit Clearfield.

If you liked one of the campgrounds on the earlier part of the drive and plan to spend the night, turn left. A mile ahead brings you back to where you started.

Those driving toward Clearfield will see spectacular views off to the right as you come down the mountain into town. Use caution when pulling off and on the highway.

Central Pa Speedway can be reached from this stretch of US 322, as can the Clearfield Driving Park, Clearfield Hospital, and downtown points of interest. To return to SR 879 and I-80, follow US 322 to the first light in Clearfield. Turn left, and travel along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to the next stoplight. Turn left to return to I-80 and nearby amenities.

 

Gas: Clearfield, DuBois, Penfield Food: Clearfield, DuBois, Penfield, Rockton

Emergency Medical Assistance: DuBois Regional Medical Center, 814-371-2200; Clearfield Hospital, 814-765-534. Calling 911 for emergencies in outlying areas is recommended.

Lodging: Clearfield, DuBois

Camping and cabins: Penfield area, Clearfield, DuBois

Southbound - Destination Coal (Shorter Ride)

From Clearfield, take SR 879 to Curwensville. Turn left at the light, and proceed south on SR 453. Approx. 3 miles from town is the sign for Curwensville Lake Recreation Area. Turn right and go another 2 miles if you wish to tour the Park. If not, remain on SR 453, and travel through Olanta, Kellytown, and Belsena Mills until you reach Madera (approx. 14 miles).

At the intersection in Madera, turn right onto SR 53 and travel another 14 miles to Coalport, passing through Glen Hope and Irvona along the way.

When you come to the first stop sign in Coalport, you will see a VFW Post. Go straight through and pass the VFW. A few blocks up, the street will veer to the left, and the Coalport Coal Museum is on the left in the Coalport Community Building. Admission is free. Call 672-3973 for hours.

After the museum, turn right at the next corner, which will bring you to downtown Coalport, which is a National Historic District. Turn right, and you will be heading back the way you came. Turn right at the first stop sign, left at the next (the VFW corner) and you will be on your way back. Just reverse the directions.

Drive time is about 2 hours, without stopping to see the sights.

This ride follows portions of Little Clearfield Creek, and takes you through several old mining and lumber towns. Note the streets in Irvona are named for the mines, which were named after women. The Bloody Knox Cabin Historic Site is near Kellytown.