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The Lumber Heritage Trail

The Lumber Heritage Trail

Explore the Lumber Heritage Region on The Lumber Heritage Trail15-Counties – Endless Adventures!

The Lumber Heritage Region holds a key to the rich heritage of Pennsylvania’s forests. The LHR has countless adventures to experience from kayaking and hiking to museums and historical landmarks and it all starts on the Lumber Heritage Trail.  Move around the Region taking in the unmatchable scenery, enjoying plentiful cuisine, and staying in hometown accommodations.

As you head out to explore the Lumber Heritage Trail, be sure to snap a selfie in front of one of our many LHR Wayfinding signs. We have picked out some of the most interesting attractions in each of our fifteen counties, so you can take sensational selfies and share your LHR adventures with your friends and family.  The forest products industry in central Pennsylvania played a significant role in the building of America during the 19th century, today Pennsylvania hardwoods are sought after worldwide.

What is your connection to Pennsylvania lumber?

1. Forest County Historical Museum

The sole purpose of FCHS is to preserve, protect, collect and display the History of Forest County for present and all future generations.

The Forest County Historical Society uses the Robinson house in Tionesta as the County History Museum. It is open Tues. - Sat. from 11:00 - 4:00, Wed. 1:00 - 8:00, and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 in the summer.

(814) 755-4422
fchs@zoominternet.net
https://forestcountypahistory.org

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2. Warren County Visitors Bureau

Warren County is located in northwest Pennsylvania, nuzzled in part of the Allegheny National Forest. The Allegheny National Forest houses many opportunities to get out and explore! If you’re looking for a place to kayak, hike, bike, relax, or more, this is the right place for you! Stop by the Warren County Visitors Bureau if you find yourself in the area!

Whether it’s chasing waterfalls, paddling down river, or enjoying the view from one of our overlooks, we have it all.

If you’re in the area, swing by one of our local restaurants. Enjoy the full experience of local hometown eats!

Looking to camp, stay in a hotel/motel, or enjoy the a bed & breakfast? Check out our Places To Stay page to see what will be right for you!

dave@wcvb.net
22045 Route 6
Warren, PA 16365
814-726-1222
800-624-7802

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3. Penn Brad Oil Museum

Explore the exciting history of the Bradford Oilfield. The museum offers informative displays, oilfield engines that actually run and colorful stories relating to oilfield history. Visit our uniquely stocked gift shop with souvenirs and oilfield memorabilia. Historical and educational movies are shown daily in the Doghouse Theater.

901 South Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
pennbradmuseum@icloud.com

814-362-1955

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4. Knox and Kane Rail Trail (End Point)

The Knox & Kane Railroad began operations after it acquired the right-of-way from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1982. The primary function of the railroad was to provide service between Knox in Clarion County and Kane and Mt. Jewett in McKean County. In addition to transporting freight, such as coal, the Knox & Kane Railroad ran a tourist operation from Marienville through Kane across the Viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Although the tourism market became more important to the Knox & Kane Railroad as freight deliveries in the region decreased, the tourism operation suffered a fatal blow when a section of the Kinzua Viaduct was toppled by a tornado in 2003. The tourist train limped on into 2006, when it ceased operations due to lack of ridership. The Knox-Kane Railroad was sold at auction in 2008 to the Kovalchick Corporation, a steel scrap company based in Indiana, PA. In 2009, the Kovalchick Corporation filed for an abandonment exception of the railroad, and the Kovalchick Family Trust filed to rail-bank the corridor for interim trail use. The Knox & Kane Rail Road corridor was no longer being used, and it made sense to convert it into a rail trail. When the Knox & Kane rail-trail is completely developed - it will be 73.8 miles of adventure from clarion county to McKean county. Some sections allow equestrians, some allow snowmobiles. Pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed on the entire Knox & Kane rail-trail corridor.

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5. Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic sawmill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs, and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

P.O. Box 239
Galeton, PA 16922
josroth@pa.gov
Joshua Roth - Site Administrator
814-435-2652

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6. Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Pick your level of adventure from mild to wild. Whether you want to hike a leisurely scenic trail, enjoy beauty during a driving tour, or you want to get some adrenaline pumping action on whitewater, single track bike trails or rock climbing, you've found the right destination in Tioga Pennsylvania.

2053 Route 660
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-0635
888-846-4228
info@visitpottertioga.com

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7. Susquehanna River Walk & Timber Trail

The Susquehanna River Walk follows the north and south shores of the river's West Branch, including two bridge crossings at Market Street and Maynard Street. The route, much of which was built on top of levees, provides an important connection to the river for residents of Williamsport, South Williamsport, and Loyalsock.

The looped section between the two bridges is known as the Timber Trail and offers interpretive signage about the lumber heritage of the region. Lumber-themed public art has also been placed along the trail, including "The Wood Hick," a life-sized sculpture of a lumber camp worker.

Parking and Trail Access
A parking lot is available on the east end of the trail at Water Tower Square (1000 Commerce Park Drive).
As you ride along the trail, it is easy to imagine the level of complex partnerships required to make the trail a reality.

1000 Commerce Park Drive - US-220
Williamsport, PA 17701
www.susquehannagreenway.org/susquehanna-river-walk-timber-trail

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8. Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park

Established in 2000, the volunteers of the Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park, began work to connect all the historical aspects of the Greater Renovo Area’s heritage together. Lumbering, coal mining, natural gas exploration, and railroading have always been a large part of the Greater Renovo Area’s heritage. The goal of our organization is to unite, preserve, and promote the history, heritage, culture, and community pride of the Greater Renovo Area.

The Greater Renovo Area’s heritage includes areas such as Clinton County, Pennsylvania, South Renovo, Tamarack, Hammersley Fork, Keating, Shintown, Kettle Creek, Westport, Cross Fork, Hyner, North Bend, Cooks Run, and Gleasonton. These areas are full of charm and history that is natural to live in a wooded environment.

530 Erie Avenue
Renovo, PA 17764
570-484-7000

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9. Driftwood/Bucktail Monument

Located in the center of the square in Driftwood on Route 555 is a memorial to the Bucktail Regiment who answered President Lincoln’s call for volunteers during the Civil War. This monument pays tribute to the soldiers of the 42nd Infantry who fought in the Civil War, known as the Bucktails.

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10. Straub Brewery Visitors Center & Tap Room

Enjoy one of the oldest breweries in the country. Take in the flavor of the 100% natural brewing ingredients. Free tours, gift shop and samples from the Eternal Tap. From handcrafted brews directly from our nearby
100+ year old family-owned brewery to artisanal fresh locally sourced foods, we invite you to be our guest!

Located at 444 Brusselles Street in St. Marys, the Straub Brewery Visitor Center & Tap Room is the site of a historic Straub family home built in 1917 by then 2nd generation Straub family member and brewery President, Anthony “Tony” Straub. Tony and his wife Regina “Reg” were always inviting of family and friends into their home and that is just one of many traditions we still carry on today. So stop by, bring the family, and be our guest!

444 Brusselles Street
St. Marys, PA 15857
(814) 834-2875
www.straubbeer.com

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11. Punxsutawney Phil

A popular tradition in the United States, Groundhog Day is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.

Groudhog Club Headquarters
200 West Mahoning Street , Suite 1
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Director@ghogclub.com
814-618-5591

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12. Smicksburg Heritage Museum

Heritage Society has items from the past and items made by local crafters, also deals with the history of the Sres.

Items from the past displays from Northern Indiana County, PA. With a small gift shop of locally made items.

59 East Kittanning St.
Smicksburg, Pennsylvania


johngschmick@gmail.com

(814) 257-8083

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13. Bilgers Rocks

Megalithic sandstone formations, and forest recreational area located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Camping, nature education programs and events available. Weddings, reunions and responsible outdoor groups welcomed with prior scheduling.

Located near Grampian, Pennsylvania in Bloom Township, the geological formations known as Bilger's Rocks is a breathtaking scenic wonder featuring caves, cliffs, passageways, climbing routes, and other unusual features estimated to be between 316-320 million years old. Formed in 1988 by a group of local citizens to both preserve and promote the area, the Association hosts events that feature a variety of entertainment and historical education activities including Halloween Hayrides, Civil War reenactments, Bluegrass festivals, nature studies, guided tours, family reunions, weddings, and children's days.

(814) 553-5744
infobilgersrocks@gmail.com

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14. Rock Run Recreational Area

Rock Run Recreation Area is located in the Northern Cambria and Southern Clearfield counties of Pennsylvania.  Rock Run trails provide spectacular views from atop the Allegheny Mountains. 

Rock Run started out with 50 miles of trails for ATVs, UTVs, and dirtbikes. With the help of the Yamaha Trails Initiative Program, we were able to add an additional 20 miles of trails. Rock Run now provides over 140 miles of trails that you can enjoy on whatever type of machine you like.

140 MILES OF TRAILS
ATV | DIRT BIKE | OHV | SIDE BY SIDE | GROUPS | CORPORATE | FAMILY

Learn more about Rock Run at
https://www.rockrunrecreation.com/

1228 Saint Lawrence Road
Patton, PA 16668

Phone: 814-674-6026

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15. John Henry Simler House

John Henry Simler House, 1807. — Is the Oldest remaining structure in Philipsburg Pennsylvania is
Located at 100 North Street in Philipsburg, PA.

The Simler House has served as a home, shoe repair shop, school, bakery, and tavern. John Henry Simler built a 20’ X 24’ log cabin with in-door stairways to the fruit cellar, second floor, and attic. Luxury items included the attic window and panes of glass in all windows. The project began when the building was donated to the borough of Philipsburg by a Simler descendant, Barbara Bezilla, and her husband, Robert. In 2001, the house was restored to its original appearance by benefactors of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation.

100 North Street, Philipsburg, PA

(814) 342-1310

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