Pennsylvania Highways 18 and 231 Vista Tour From Waynesburg to Avella

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

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This 40-mile drive draws a crooked line south to north across the rolling Allegheny Mountains in the remote southwest corner of Pennsylvania. From the drive’s northern terminus at Avella, you have the option of adding a 5-mile extension to conclude the day on a wet note at Cross Creek Lake or immersed in the pioneer past at Meadowcroft (following signs west out of Avella). Vistas are normally a rarity in Penn’s woods, but this twisting drive over hill and through dale gathers up dozens of perspectives. This is a drive for settling back in your seat and surrendering to the tranquility. It travels a remote corner of the state, dotted by front-porch communities and scattered farms, some belonging to the quiet, hard-working Amish. Tourism does not have a stranglehold here; the pace is gentle, the images untarnished. Special attractions: Hilltop views; covered bridges; quiet-living Amish; old cemeteries; East Finley Park; Cross Creek Lake and Park; Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life; fall foliage; relaxing, picnicking, fishing, boating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Pennsylvania Highways 18 and 231 Vista Tour: From Waynesburg to Avella Professional Review and Guide

"This 40-mile drive draws a crooked line south to north across the rolling Allegheny Mountains in the remote southwest corner of Pennsylvania. From the drive’s northern terminus at Avella, you have the option of adding a 5-mile extension to conclude the day on a wet note at Cross Creek Lake or immersed in the pioneer past at Meadowcroft (following signs west out of Avella). Vistas are normally a rarity in Penn’s woods, but this twisting drive over hill and through dale gathers up dozens of perspectives. This is a drive for settling back in your seat and surrendering to the tranquility.

It travels a remote corner of the state, dotted by front-porch communities and scattered farms, some belonging to the quiet, hard-working Amish. Tourism does not have a stranglehold here; the pace is gentle, the images untarnished. Special attractions: Hilltop views; covered bridges; quiet-living Amish; old cemeteries; East Finley Park; Cross Creek Lake and Park; Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life; fall foliage; relaxing, picnicking, fishing, boating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Waynesburg
Distance: 40
Season: Year-round; avoid when slippery conditions exist
Local Contacts: Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Driving Directions: Directions to Pennsylvania Highways 18 and 231 Vista Tour: From Waynesburg to Avella

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May 2018