The Ultimate Clearfield County Road Trip

A roadmap to six of the best things to see in Clearfield County, PA

Clearfield County is home to both amazing natural beauty and eclectic man-made attractions!

Dinosaur outside Doolittle's Dinosaurs animatronic dinosaur exhibit at Doolittle Station in DuBois.
Doolittle’s Dinosaurs animatronic dinosaur exhibit at Doolittle Station in DuBois, Clearfield County.

What I’ve assembled for you here is a road trip to six of the best things to see and do in Clearfield County.

A beautiful spot to sit across from the beach at Parker Dam State Park.
A beautiful spot to sit across from the beach at Parker Dam State Park in Clearfield County.

Simply click on the blue text links to view maps/directions to each destination on this 109 mile road trip.

Climbing through a rocky jungle at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
Climbing through a rocky jungle at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

1. The Grice Museum in Clearfield

We’ll start this road trip in downtown Clearfield, at the Grice Museum.

A grizzly bear guarding the showroom at the Grice Museum in Clearfield PA
A grizzly bear guarding the showroom at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

The Grice Museum is perhaps the most eclectic “cars and critters” museum you’ll ever step foot inside!

The best things to see and do at the Grice Museum in Clearfield Pennsylvania.
The Grice Museum in Clearfield is a collection of rare cars and taxidermy mounts from around the world.

Here you’ll find nearly 70 classic cars on display, along with hundreds of taxidermy mounts of wild game animals from around the globe.

Dodge Viper on display at the Grice Museum on Clearfield.
Dodge Viper on display at the Grice Museum in Clearfield.

2. Bilger’s Rocks

Bilger’s Rocks is part of a 170-acre community park, open to the public and located just minutes from Curwensville in central Clearfield County.

One of the many passageways through the boulders at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, PA.
One of the many passageways through the boulders at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Billed by the Bilger’s Rocks Association (the group that owns and maintains the park) as “Pennsylvania’s Best Rock Outcropping”, this 300 million year-old natural “rock city” is a must-see for fans of geology and all things megalithic!

Taking in the scene at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Taking in the scene at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

Bilger’s Rocks is free to visit, and open year-round from dawn until dusk.

Checking out the tree roots clinging to the rock formations at Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County.
Checking out the tree roots clinging to the rock formations at Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

3. McGees Mills Covered Bridge

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is the last remaining historic covered bridge in Clearfield County.

McGees Mills Covered bridge near Mahaffey in Clearfield County PA
McGees Mills Covered bridge near Mahaffey in Clearfield County, PA.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge was built in 1873 by Thomas McGee.

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

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is 116 feet long and is still open to vehicular traffic.

Interior of McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Pennsyvania
Interior of McGees Mills Covered Bridge in Clearfield County, PA.

4. Doolittle Station

Doolittle Station in DuBois is an eclectic mix of restaurants, museums, a brewery, and a bed and breakfast, all housed in historic train cars!

Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois Pennsylvania.
Aerial view of the front half of Doolittle Station in DuBois.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also ice cream, mini golf, and dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs and train cars are seemingly everywhere at Doolittle Station in DuBois Pennsylvania.
Dinosaurs and train cars are seemingly everywhere at Doolittle Station in DuBois, Pennsylvania.

There’s even a three-tiered, 66 foot-long, HO-scale model train layout housed inside a vintage train car.

The model train display runs the length of the train car that houses the display.
This model train layout runs the entire length of the vintage train car that houses this display at Doolittle Station.

5. Parker Dam State Park

Parker Dam State Park is a 968-acre expanse in Clearfield County featuring a tranquil lake, a beach area, scenic vistas, and miles of hiking trails.

Taking in the scenery at Parker Dam State Park in Clearfield County.
Parker Dam State Park in Clearfield County.

One fairly unique feature at Parker Dam State Park is a series of large stepping stones that allow you to cross Laurel Run below the spillway on Parker Lake.

Giant stepping stones below the spillway on Parker Lake.
Giant stepping stones below the spillway on Parker Lake.

The Trail of New Giants leads to 2 vistas that offer terrific views of Parker Lake.

View of Parker Lake from the upper vista along the Trail of New Giants at Parker Dam State Park.
View of Parker Lake from the upper vista along the Trail of New Giants at Parker Dam State Park.

6. Saint Severin Old Log Church

The Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century “frontier” architecture.

An aerial view of the Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County Pennsylvania.
An aerial view of the Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

The Saint Severin Old Log Church was last used around 1880, when a larger church was built nearby.

Saint Severin Old Log Church sign along Route 53 in Clearfield County PA
Saint Severin Old Log Church sign along Route 53 in Clearfield County

Projecting an image that is both holy yet austere, Saint Severin is an interesting trip back in time and well worth a visit.

Interior view of Saint Severin Old Log Church.
Interior view of Saint Severin Old Log Church.

So there you have it – six exceptional destinations on one unforgettable Clearfield County road trip!

Elvis and Marilyn greeting visitors to the Diner Car at Doolittle Station in DuBois, Clearfield County.
Elvis and Marilyn greeting visitors to the Diner Car at Doolittle Station in DuBois, Clearfield County.

And if you’ve got a suggestion for some additional “must-see” spots in Clearfield County, feel free to mention them in the comments section below!

Exploring Bilger's Rocks in Clearfield County Pennsylvania.
Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County.

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