Over and Around the Mountain Travel is approximately 40 miles, and can take 1 and 1/2 hours to 2 days, depending on length of stops.
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 2.5 M. to Penfield. 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. 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. It’s a great place to stop, grab a bite, and take a break. 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. Gambler’s and Central Pa Speedways 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