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Pennsylvania Scenic Byways
System information
Formed2001[1]
Highway names
InterstatesInterstate X (I-X)
US HighwaysU.S. Route X (US X)
StatePennsylvania Route X (PA X)
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Pennsylvania Byway marker along the US 202 Parkway
Pennsylvania Byway marker along the US 202 Parkway

The Pennsylvania Scenic Byways system consists of 20 roads recognized for their scenic or historic qualities.

History

In 1991, the National Scenic Byways Program was created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, in which roads that were designated state scenic byways could be designated a National Scenic Byway. In the early 1990s, Pennsylvania used federal funding to create the Pennsylvania Scenic Byways program. The state underwent a State Scenic Byways study, with four byways created by the Pennsylvania State Legislature. In 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Program Management Committee created a scenic byway program. The first byway to be designated under this program was the Kinzua Scenic Byway in McKean County.[1]

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Byways

Blue Route

The Blue Route north of US 1.
The Blue Route north of US 1.

The Blue Route Scenic Byway follows I-476 between I-95 in Chester, Delaware County and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County. The byway provides access to many sites in and near the Brandywine Valley in Delaware County including Ridley Creek State Park, Media Theatre, the Brandywine River Museum, Tyler Arboretum, and the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum.[2]

Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway follows PA 52, former PA 100, and PA 162 in Chester and Delaware counties. The byway runs through the countryside of the Brandywine Valley, providing access to attractions such as Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.[3]

Bucktail Trail

The Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway runs along PA 120 from Ridgway, Elk County east to Lock Haven, Clinton County. The byway passes through forested areas of the Pennsylvania Wilds, passing through St. Marys and serving Kettle Creek State Park.[4]

Conestoga Ridge

The Conestoga Ridge Byway runs along PA 23 between US 322 in Blue Ball and PA 10 west of Morgantown, passing through farmland in Lancaster County along with the communities of Goodville and Churchtown. The byway was designated in 2013.[5][6]

Crawford Lakelands

The Crawford Lakelands Scenic Byway runs from Jamestown to Linesville in Crawford County, following PA 285, PA 618, PA 18, and US 6. The byway runs through rural areas, serving Conneaut Lake Park and Pymatuning State Park.[7]

Delaware River Valley

The Delaware River Valley Scenic Byway runs from Easton to Riverton in Northampton County, following PA 611, Little Creek Road, PA 611, and Belvidere Highway. The byway runs through rural areas of farmland along the west bank of the Delaware River.[8]

Exton Bypass

The Exton Bypass Scenic Byway follows the Exton Bypass portion of US 30 bypassing Exton in Chester County. The byway is located near the historic Lincoln Highway and is near points of interest including the QVC Studio Tour, the American Helicopter Museum, and Fox Leap Vineyards.[9]

Gateway to the Endless Mountains

The Gateway to the Endless Mountains Scenic Byway runs along US 6 in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County. The byway is in the Endless Mountains region and provides access to various sites including the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock and the Bird Song Winery in Dushore, Sullivan County.[10]

Governor Casey

The Governor Casey Scenic Byway runs along the US 6 freeway in Lackawanna County between I-81 in Dunmore and PA 247 in Jessup. The byway provides access to historical sites including Steamtown National Historic Site, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, and the Lackawanna Coal Mine.[11]

Grand View

The Grand View Scenic Byway runs along Grandview Avenue, McArdle Roadway, and Sycamore Street in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. The byway features views of downtown Pittsburgh and provides access to sites such as the Monongahela Incline, the Duquesne Incline, and the Mount Washington overlook.[12]

High Plateau

High Plateau Scenic Byway along PA 144 in Noyes Township, Clinton County
High Plateau Scenic Byway along PA 144 in Noyes Township, Clinton County

The High Plateau Scenic Byway follows PA 144 between Snow Shoe, Centre County and Renovo, Clinton County. The byway runs through the Sproul State Forest and serves sites such as the Two Run Rock Vista, Fish Dam Run Scenic View, Chuck Keiper Trail, Cranberry Swamp Natural Area, and St. Severin's Old Log Church.[13]

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Scenic Byway runs along US 15 and US 15 Bus. from the Maryland border to Hunterstown in Adams County. The byway passes through Gettysburg, a historic town where Gettysburg National Military Park is located.[14] The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Scenic Byway is part of a National Scenic Byway called the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway that continues south from Pennsylvania to Monticello, Virginia.[15]

Kinzua

The Kinzua Scenic Byway runs along SR 3011 between US 6 and PA 59 in McKean County. The byway provides access to Kinzua Bridge State Park, the site of the Kinzua Bridge. Nearby the byway is Bradford, which is home to Crook Farm Homestead and the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.[16]

Lake Wilhelm

The Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway runs along Creek Road in Mercer County, serving Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which is home to Lake Wilhelm.[17]

Laurel Highlands

The Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway runs along PA 381 and PA 711 from the West Virginia border in Fayette County north to Seward in Westmoreland County. The byway runs through rural areas of the Laurel Highlands, providing access to Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Laurel Caverns, and Fort Ligonier.[18]

Lebanon Cornwall

The Lebanon Cornwall Scenic Byway follows PA 419 between Cornwall and Newmanstown in Lebanon County. The byway runs through the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, serving the Middlecreek Wildlife Preserve, the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and the Cornwall Iron Furnace.[19]

Longhouse

Longhouse National Forest Scenic Byway marker along PA 321
Longhouse National Forest Scenic Byway marker along PA 321

The Longhouse National Forest Scenic Byway follows a loop along PA 321, PA 59, and Forest Road 262 in Warren and McKean counties. The byway is located in the Allegheny National Forest, passing by the Allegheny Reservoir.[20][21]

National Road

The National Road Scenic Byway follows the historic National Road along US 40 between the West Virginia and Maryland borders in Washington, Fayette, and Somerset counties. The byway serves historical sites including Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Brownsville Northside Historic District, and Bowman's Castle.[22] The byway is also part of an All-American Road called the Historic National Road.[23]

Seaway Trail

The Seaway Trail Scenic Byway runs from the Ohio border to the New York border in Erie County, following US 20, PA 5, PA 5 Alt., Bayfront Parkway, PA 5 Alt., and PA 5, where the Seaway Trail continues into New York. The byway provides access to many sites along Lake Erie, including Presque Isle State Park, the Erie Maritime Museum, the Presque Isle Lighthouse, the 1867 Land Lighthouse, Mazza Vineyards, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and the USS Niagara.[24] The Seaway Trail is also a National Scenic Byway.[25]

U.S. Route 202 Parkway

The U.S. Route 202 Parkway Scenic Byway follows the US 202 parkway between PA 63 in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County and PA 611 in Doylestown Township, Bucks County. The parkway contains a shared-use path and is designed to blend in with the physical surroundings.[26]

Viaduct Valley Way

The Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway passing under the Tunkhannock Viaduct
The Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway passing under the Tunkhannock Viaduct

The Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway follows PA 92 between Tunkhannock, Wyoming County and Lanesboro, Susquehanna County. The byway provides access to two railroad viaducts, the Starrucca Viaduct and the Tunkhannock Viaduct, along with the Susquehanna County Historical Society Museum and The Florence Shelly Preserve.[27]

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Interstate 476

Interstate 476

Interstate 476 (I-476) is a 132.1-mile (212.6 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway of I-76 in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The highway runs from I-95 near Chester north to I-81 near Scranton, serving as the primary north–south Interstate corridor through eastern Pennsylvania. It consists of both the 20-mile (32 km) Mid-County Expressway, locally referred to as the "Blue Route", through Delaware and Montgomery counties in the suburban Philadelphia area, and the tolled, 110.6-mile (178.0 km) Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which connects the Delaware Valley with the Lehigh Valley, the Pocono Mountains, and the Wyoming Valley to the north.

Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania

Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania

Interstate 95 (I-95) is a major north–south Interstate Highway that runs along the East Coast of the United States from Miami, Florida, north to the Canadian border in Houlton, Maine. In the state of Pennsylvania, it runs 44.25 miles (71.21 km) from the Delaware state line near Marcus Hook in Delaware County northeast to the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge at the New Jersey state line near Bristol in Bucks County.

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located in the Delaware Valley on the western bank of the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Delaware County, colloquially referred to as Delco, is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With a population of 576,830 as of the 2020 census, it is the fifth-most populous county in Pennsylvania and the third-smallest in area. The county was created on September 26, 1789, from part of Chester County and named for the Delaware River.

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a toll highway operated by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A controlled-access highway, it runs for 360 miles (580 km) across the state. The turnpike's western terminus is at the Ohio state line in Lawrence County, where the road continues west as the Ohio Turnpike. The eastern terminus is at the New Jersey state line at the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge over the Delaware River in Bucks County, where the road continues east as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Montgomery County is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the third-most populous county in Pennsylvania and the 73rd-most populous county in the United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the county was 856,553, representing a 7.1% increase from the 799,884 residents counted in the 2010 census. Montgomery County is located adjacent to and northwest of Philadelphia. The county seat and largest city is Norristown. Montgomery County is geographically diverse, ranging from farms and open land in the extreme north of the county to densely populated suburban neighborhoods in the southern and central portions of the county.

Pennsylvania Route 52

Pennsylvania Route 52

Pennsylvania Route 52 is a 11.8-mile-long (19.0 km) state highway located in southeast Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at the Pennsylvania-Delaware state line near Kennett Square, where the road continues as Delaware Route 52. The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 322 Business in West Chester. Near the Kennett Township community of Longwood, it has about a 1-mile (1.6 km) wrong-way concurrency with US 1. PA 52 passes through suburban and rural areas along its route.

Pennsylvania Route 100

Pennsylvania Route 100

Pennsylvania Route 100 is a 59.4-mile (95.6 km) long state highway in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania that runs from U.S. Route 202 near West Chester north to PA 309 in Pleasant Corners. The route runs between the western suburbs of Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley region of the state, serving Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh counties. PA 100 intersects several important highways, including US 30 in Exton, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76, near Lionville, US 422 near Pottstown, US 222 in Trexlertown, and I-78/US 22 in Fogelsville. Several sections of PA 100 are multi-lane divided highway with some interchanges, including between US 202 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County between south of Pottstown and New Berlinville, and between Trexlertown and Fogelsville.

Pennsylvania Route 162

Pennsylvania Route 162

Pennsylvania Route 162 is a 10.1-mile-long (16.3 km) state highway in southeast Pennsylvania. The western terminus of the route is at PA 82/PA 842 in Unionville, Chester County. The eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 322 Business in West Chester. PA 162 is known as Embreeville Road from its western terminus to the village of Embreeville and Telegraph Road from Embreeville to an intersection with Strasburg Road west of Marshallton. At this point, the route turns east, following Strasburg Road to US 322 Bus. in West Chester. The portion of road between Marshallton and West Chester follows the 17th-century Great Minquas Path and became part of the Strasburg Road linking Strasburg and Philadelphia in the 1770s. PA 162 was designated onto its current alignment by 1930.

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Chester County, colloquially known as Chesco, is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is located in the Delaware Valley region, located in the southeastern part of the state. As of the 2020 census, the population was 534,413, increasing by 7.1% from 498,886 in 2010. The county seat and most populated municipality is West Chester. Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1682. It was named for Chester, England.

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is a botanical garden that consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States in the Brandywine Creek Valley. It is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy native and exotic plants and horticulture, events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

Bucktail State Park Natural Area

Bucktail State Park Natural Area

Bucktail State Park Natural Area is a 16,433-acre (6,650 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Cameron and Clinton Counties in Pennsylvania in the United States. The park follows Pennsylvania Route 120 for 75 miles (121 km) between Emporium and Lock Haven. Bucktail State Park Natural Area park runs along Sinnemahoning Creek and the West Branch Susquehanna River and also passes through Renovo. The park is named for the Civil War Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment and is primarily dedicated to wildlife viewing, especially elk.

Source: "List of Pennsylvania Scenic Byways", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, September 28th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pennsylvania_Scenic_Byways.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Pennsylvania Byways History". PennDOT. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "Blue Route". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Brandywine Valley". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Bucktail Trail". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Pennsylvania Byways" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Reilly, P.J. (October 22, 2012). "Route 23 stretch designated a heritage byway". LancasterOnline. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Crawford Lakelands". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "Delaware River Valley". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "Exton Bypass". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  10. ^ "Gateway to the Endless Mountains". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Governor Casey". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  12. ^ "Grand View". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  13. ^ "High Plateau". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  14. ^ "Journey Through Hallowed Ground". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Kinzua". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  17. ^ "Lake Wilhelm". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  18. ^ "Laurel Highlands". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  19. ^ "Lebanon Cornwall". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  20. ^ "Longhouse National". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  21. ^ "Longhouse Scenic Byway". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  22. ^ "National Road". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  23. ^ "Historic National Road - Pennsylvania". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  24. ^ "Seaway Trail". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  25. ^ "Great Lakes Seaway Trail". National Scenic Byways Program. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  26. ^ "U.S. Route 202 Parkway". VisitPA.com. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  27. ^ "Viaduct Valley Way". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
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