10 Must-See Roadside Attractions along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania

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The beach at Bald Eagle State Park.

Interstate 80 cuts an uninterrupted 311 mile east-west trail across the northern third of Pennsylvania.

Map of Roadside attractions along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania
Interstate 80 across Pennsylvania.

And while you might not think of Interstate 80 as a “scenic highway”, it does in fact pass through or close-by some of Pennsylvania’s most picturesque destinations.

Summer at Logan Mills Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania
Summer at Logan Mills Covered Bridge, near Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania.

So what I’ve done here is compile a list of 10 of my favorite “roadside attractions” along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania.

Some of these attractions are literally roadside, while others may require a short hike to see them.

Simply click on the blue text links to view complete write-ups/maps/directions to the various attractions mentioned.

Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in Pike County PA
Unnamed waterfall on Raymondskill Creek in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Of course there are many more spots that could have made the list, but these 10 are a good starting point on your way towards discovering your own favorite Interstate 80 roadside attractions!


Roadside Attractions Along Interstate 80 in Western PA

Freedom Falls

Freedom Falls in Venango County lies just north of Interstate 80, and is a beautiful 20 foot tall waterfall along Shull Run, a tributary of the Allegheny River.

Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.
Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.

Just downstream from Freedom Falls is the 2,868 foot-long Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail.

Entrance to the Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail.
Entrance to the Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail.

Rapp Run Falls

Rapp Run Falls is located just north of Interstate 80 on the outskirts of Clarion.

Rapp Run Falls near Clarion Pennsylvania
Rapp Run Falls near Clarion, Pennsylvania.

Located just 80 yards off of Bigley Road on State Game Lands 72, Rapp Run Falls is a scenic spot just minutes from Interstate 80.

Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County Pennsylvania
Rapp Run Falls, just north of Interstate 80 in Clarion, PA.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge

Located a bit south of Interstate 80 in Clearfield County, McGees Mills Covered Bridge is 116 feet long and the last remaining covered bridge over any branch of the Susquehanna River.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge Clearfield County Pennsylvania
McGees Mills Covered Bridge, just south of Interstate 80 in Clearfield County.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is still open to traffic almost 150 years after it was originally constructed.

Approaching McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County Pennsylvania
Approaching McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County.

Roadside Attractions Along Interstate 80 in Central PA

Bald Eagle State Park

Bald Eagle State Park is a 5,900 acre state park located just north of the Milesburg exit of Interstate 80.

Sailboat on the lake at Bald Eagle State Park.
Sailboat on the lake at Bald Eagle State Park.

The centerpiece of the park is the 1,730 acre Sayers Lake, which provides ample space for boating, fishing, and swimming.

Seagulls on the beach at Bald Eagle State Park.
Seagulls on the beach at Bald Eagle State Park.

Downtown Bellefonte

If Victorian architecture appeals to you, hop off the Bellefonte exit of Interstate 80 and check out downtown Bellefonte.

Victorian architecture in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania
Victorian architecture in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania

A myriad of old buildings, quaint shops, and restaurants dot the downtown, and numerous special events are held there throughout the year.

The Last Cruise Car Show in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania
The Last Cruise Car Show in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania

Talleyrand Park in the heart of Bellefonte is a great place for a relaxing walk, picnic lunch, or to catch a sunset.

Sunset over Talleyrand Park in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania
Sunset over Talleyrand Park in downtown Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Rosecrans Falls

Rosecrans Falls, 5 minutes north of Interstate 80 at the Loganton exit, is one of the finest waterfalls in central Pennsylvania.

Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County Pennsylvania on a foggy summer morning.
Rosecrans Falls in Clinton County, Pennsylvania on a foggy summer morning.

Rosecrans Falls is situated on land managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and is open to public hiking.

Rosecrans Falls near Loganton PA in the winter.
Rosecrans Falls near Loganton PA in the winter.

Logan Mills Covered Bridge

Logan Mills Covered Bridge, just south of Interstate 80 at the Loganton exit, is the last remaining covered bridge in Clinton County.

Side view of Logan Mills Covered Bridge
Side view of Logan Mills Covered Bridge

The Logan Mills Gristmill, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, sits on land near the covered bridge.

Logan Mills Gristmill in Logan Mills Pennsylvania
Logan Mills Gristmill in Logan Mills, Pennsylvania.

Roadside Attractions Along Interstate 80 in Eastern PA

Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County is just south of Interstate 80 along Route 534.

The Chapel at Hickory Run State Park
The Chapel at Hickory Run State Park

One of the most popular attractions at Hickory Run State Park is Hawk Falls along Hawk Run.

Springtime view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
Springtime view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

Stametz Dam along the ominous-sounding but relatively tame Shades of Death Trail is another popular hiking spot at Hickory Run State Park.

Stametz Dam Spillway along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park
Stametz Dam Spillway along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park

Tobyhanna Falls

Tobyhanna Falls literally backs to Interstate 80 at the Blakeslee exit in Monroe County.

Tobyhanna Falls in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania
Tobyhanna Falls in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania

A 0.4 mile trail (one-way) takes you from a parking area along Route 115 to Tobyhanna Falls in the Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area.

The trail to Tobyhanna Falls in Monroe County Pennsylvania
The trail to Tobyhanna Falls in Monroe County

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

At the extreme eastern end of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to an abundance of waterfalls, including the 2 tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania.

Raymondskill Falls, at 178 feet tall, is billed by the National Park Service as “the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania“.

Raymondskill Falls in Pennsylvania
Upper and middle tiers of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA.

Dingmans Falls, billed as the second tallest waterfall Pennsylvania at 130 feet, is located just minutes from Raymondskill Falls.

Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.
Dingmans Falls in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.

Upper Hornbecks Creek in the Delaware Water Gap is home to numerous unnamed but spectacular waterfalls as well.

Waterfall along Upper Hornsbeck Trail in Pike County Pennsylvania
Waterfall along Upper Hornsbeck Trail in Pike County Pennsylvania

So there you have it – 10 roadside attractions near Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, all worth exiting the highway for a closer look!

Looking for more road trip ideas?

Be sure to check out 32 Must-See Roadside Waterfalls in Pennsylvania to plot a course to some of the Keystone State’s best and easiest-to-reach waterfalls.

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Roadside Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.

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