10 Great PA Backroads Adventures

Aerial view of Wills Church Road in Somerset County PA

Long before governments were mandating it, Pennsylvania’s backroads were a terrific place to “social distance”!

Here are 10 outstanding Pennsylvania backroads adventures that not only lead to interesting destinations, but also take you down scenic roads that are themselves sights to be savored.


1. Bear Gap Road

Bear Gap Road in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Bear Gap Road in Centre County.

Bear Gap Road is a state forest road in Centre County that leads to a trail head near Indian Wells overlook along the Mid State Trail in the Rothrock State Forest.

Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County.
Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County.

2. Faupel Road

Faupel Road in Bedford County Pennsylvania.
Faupel Road in Bedford County

Faupel Road in Bedford County is a fantastic fall foliage destination in an area known exceptional rural scenery.

It’s also within a half-hour drive of the equally scenic (and historic) 1806 Old Log Church along the Lincoln Highway.

Fall foliage in Bedford County at the 1806 Old Log Church.
The 1806 Old Log Church along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County.

3. Blankley Road

Blankley Road in Bedford County Pennsylvania.
Blankley Road in Bedford County

Blankley Road is a state forest road that leads to two of the most scenic overlooks in all of the Buchanan State Forest, Warrior Ridge Vista and Rainsburg Vista.

Warrior Ridge Vista in Bedford County Pennsylvania
Warrior Ridge Vista along Blankley Road in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

4. Commissary Road

Commissary Road in Somerset County.
Commissary Road in Somerset County.

Commissary Road is one of the best fall foliage drives in the Laurel Highlands, passing many old and interesting structures as it winds through the mountains of Somerset County.

Fall foliage and old barn along Commissary Road in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage along Commissary Road in Somerset County.

5. Faidley Road

Faidley Road Somerset County Pennsylvania.
October along Faidley Road in Somerset County.

Faidley Road in Somerset County is best-known for the patriotic barns that it passes by.

Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County PA
Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County.

6. Covered Bridge Road

Covered Bridge Road in Somerset County PA
Covered Bridge Road in Somerset County .

Covered Bridge Road in Somerset County leads, not surprisingly, to the Glessner Covered Bridge near Shanksville.

The Glessner Covered Bridge near Shanksville Pennsylvania
The Glessner Covered Bridge near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

7. Poe Paddy Drive

Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County Pennsylvania.

Poe Paddy Drive is a state forest road in Centre County that leads to several of the best scenic overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

8. Ream Road

Ream Road in Somerset County Pennsylvania.
Ream Road in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Ream Road connects Kings Covered Bridge in Somerset County to the Barronvale Covered Bridge a mile away.

Aerial side view of Kings Covered Bridge in September 2020.
Aerial side view of Kings Covered Bridge in Somerset County.

9. Fisher Road

Summit Ridge Road in Bedford County Pennsylvania
Fisher Road in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Fisher Road is a state forest road in Bedford County that leads to Fisher Road Vista.

Fisher Road Vista near Breezewood PA
Fisher Road Vista near Breezewood, PA.

10. Summit Road

Aerial view of Summit Road in Fulton County PA.
Aerial view of Summit Road in Fulton County PA.

Summit Road is an aptly-named state forest road in Fulton County that leads to Summit Road Vista.

Summit Road Vista in Fulton County Pennsylvania.
Summit Road Vista in Fulton County.

So there you have it – 10 great PA backroads adventures, suitable for the casual Sunday driver or the hardcore road tripper!

Aerial side view oof the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA.
Aerial view of the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

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