Longhouse National Scenic Byway
Beginning in Kane, Pennsylvania, this 36-mile loop circles the Kinzua Creek Arm of the Allegheny Reservoir through some of the most beautiful scenery within the Allegheny National Forest. Selected by USA Today as one of the top 50 scenic drives in America, encompassed on this route are lush green forests, cool mountain streams and picturesque scenic overlooks.
Head out of Kane on Route 321 North; the actual start of the scenic byway is about eight miles outside of Kane at the intersection with Longhouse Drive. Continue on Route 321 past Red Bridge recreation area. Red Bridge is a busy campground with 65 reservable campsites, rentable cabins and bank fishing that was constructed in the late 1960s as part of the recreational development related to the Kinzua Dam. Camping is just one of your lodging choices; you can also book a room at the Kane Manor, the Olmsted Manor Carriage House, or the Spoonwood Inn.
After a stop at the Red Bridge Campground, hop back on Route 321, which follows the reservoir for a short distance, and then begins to rise into the highlands through a beautiful forest of hardwoods and hemlock. Nearing the top of the plateau, you pass the Old Powerhouse Museum - an original timepiece from the glory days of oil in this region.
The Bradford Ranger Station is located at the intersection of Routes 321 and 59. Visitors can find virtually any information about the Allegheny National Forest here, including topographical maps for trail enthusiasts.
Turn left on Route 59 toward the Allegheny Reservoir. Along this stretch of the loop, you pass the trailhead for Morrison Trail. About a mile past the Morrison Trailhead is the entrance to Rimrock, a magnificent rock outcrop and the majestic, scenic overlook above the Allegheny Reservoir. This area has picnic areas as well as hiking trails. During July, the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom, offering a pink carpet of blossoms underneath a leafy green canopy - picture perfect!
As your travel on Route 59, you will see the Kinzua Wolf Run Marina on your right, just before crossing the Allegheny Reservoir on the Morrison Bridge. Immediately past the bridge, stop for the view from Kinzua Point; here you have an amazing vista of the forest reflected onto the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir. Now drive back a few feet and turn left onto Longhouse Drive. The access road to Jakes Rocks is about a mile up Longhouse Drive; this impressive rock outcrop offers another developed overlook of the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir.
Longhouse Drive continues a winding course along the western shoreline, passing the Dewdrop Recreation Area, Elijah Run boat launch and Kiasutha Recreation Area before ending back at Route 321. Turn right to return to Kane and end your journey enjoying the region’s award-winning wines, craft brews and spirits.
To make reservations at the campgrounds in the Allegheny National Forest go to www.recreation.gov. For the other lodging choices mentioned above go to www.visitANF.com/lodging. For more information about this road trip please see the map on page 20.
Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries in Kane, Pennsylvania
Northwestern Pennsylvania’s first craft distillery, CJ Spirits, is located along scenic Route 6 at the southern tip of the Allegheny Reservoir. Spirits are hand-crafted using fresh local ingredients, pure “Allegheny Mountain” spring water and locally grown grains. Try the local favorite – Leek Vodka Bloody Mary. CJ Spirits is located at 120 Willow Run Drive, Kane, PA. For additional information visit www.cjspirits.com.
If wine is more your style, stop by Flickerwood Wine Cellars and Cocktail Lounge for a wide selection of award-winning wines, craft beers, liquors and a full dining menu. Known as the “Winery that Rocks,” check out their website for their entertainment scheduled. Flickerwood Wine Cellars is located at 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane, PA. www.flickerwood.com.
Enjoy world-class craft beer at Logyard Brewing. This brewery specializes in hyper-local ingredients native to the Pennsylvania Wilds. These distinct flavor profiles range from Black Cherry to Black Birch, along with classic beer styles. The Logyard Brewing Tap Room is located at 103 N. Fraley Street, Kane, PA. www.logyardbrewing.com
Twisted Vine Beverage Company is a winery, brewery, distillery and restaurant. Enjoy a variety of 20 different wines and 16 beers on tap in their new restaurant. Twisted Vine Beverage is located at 117 North Fraley Street, Kane, PA. www.twistedwinery.com.
Bradford-Eldred-Rock City Loop
This 48-mile motorcycle riding loop takes travelers by the Eldred World War II Museum, forestlands and spectacular rock formations. Beginning downtown in the city of Bradford, Pennsylvania, take Route 346 East. Exit at Foster Brook, staying on Route 346 East heading towards Eldred. Just before Eldred, watch for the sign for the Schoolhouse Village Shoppes – a unique co-op shopping area with themed village shops. They will ship your items, so don’t worry if they are too large to fit on your bike!
Route 346 ends at a “T” intersection with Route 446. At the intersection, turn right to enter the town of Eldred, where you will find the World War II museum on the right. This world class museum is history you can see, touch and feel.
After visiting the museum, turn back onto Route 446 and head North to Olean, New York. Travelers will cross into New York 21.5 miles from Bradford. The highway destination changes to Route 305. As you pass through Portville, NY, look for the dikes to your left – these hold back the floodwaters of the Allegheny River. Turn left at the “T” intersection in Portville, staying on Route 305 to the opposite side of town, then go straight onto Route 417 into Olean.
In downtown Olean, turn left onto Route 16, which makes a steep climb to Rock City Park to gain access to an amazing vista and trail which winds through a field of gigantic boulders formed about 320 million years ago. Rock City Park is open daily between May 1 and October 31.
Continue along Route 16 about two miles to a historical marker by the Knapp Creek Fire Hall, which notes that this quiet little village was once an oil boom town that supported at least a dozen saloons, and that this was the birthplace of aviation pioneer William T. Piper.
Past Knapp Creek, Route 16 follows the top of the narrow ridge into Pennsylvania, where the road designation changes to Route 646, then goes into a steep drop to Route 346. Turn right at the intersection and follow Route 346 back to Bradford. Once back in Bradford, stop at Bradford Brew Station to enjoy craft brews, made from local ingredients.
The Bradford Brew Station offers 14 variant craft brews on tap along with fun and innovative food selections. Their décor pays homage to the rich oil history of the region. Their ceiling lights are fashioned from oil cans and their brews are named after terms from the oil fields. Once seated in the dining room or outdoor patio, try their Yellow Dog Honey Ale, which is a honey wheat ale, or their Black Gold Bock, a tasty dark beer. Bradford Brew Station is located at 104 Chestnut Street, Bradford, PA. www.bradfordbrewstation.com.
Ride for a Good Cause
Cruise through the beautiful mountains of scenic northwestern Pennsylvania during the 22nd Annual Kids & Cancer Motorcycle Benefit Run, which includes 120 miles on a mapped route. Bikes will depart from the Zippo/Case Museum parking lot in Bradford at noon on July 27 after registration, which runs from 9am until 11:45am. After the ride, there will be a block party and a “Harley of Hope” raffle for a chance to win a 2018 Harley Davison Dyna Softail Low Rider. For more information about this upcoming event please visit www.kidsandcancerbenefitrun.com.
Join Majestic Trails in Smethport, Pennsylvania for an all-day run benefiting the Frontier Girls. Frontier Girls is a scout-like youth program for young females offered as an alternative to Girl Scouts. Riders will be able to ride until 9pm with a prize drawing planned for 3pm at the trailhead. For information about registration and the event please visit www.majestictrails.com or call 814-465-9979.
Plan Your Trip
To receive a useful, convenient, free travel guide full of maps, attractions, restaurants and other things to see and do in the Allegheny National Forest Region, please call 800-473-9370 or go to visitANF.com.