Scenic Driving

Scenic driving is one of the largest recreational use of state forest lands. Most recreational users participate in this activity coming to and from the state forest, but for many this is the sole purpose of their visit. Download a PDF summarizing several auto-tours.

Beginning in October the ridges and valleys come alive with color. The Discover Fall Scenic Driving Tour provides driving routes through the Laurel Highlands that highlight state parks and forests, scenic byways, picturesque overlooks and quaint communities. Explore the Discover Fall-Northern Loop and Discover Fall-Southern Loop

One of the most popular scenic driving experiences is the Elk Scenic Drive located in the PA Wilds region.

Featured scenic drives in southwestern Pennsylvania include the Discover Birds and Blossoms and Discover Rocks, Ridges and Ravines.

There are many beautiful vistas to see in state forests which also feature 27 state forest picnic areas. Look for the vista symbol   state forest vista symbol  in your travels to take in some of the most picturesque views that state forests have to offer.

A few tips for scenic driving:

·         Always let someone know where you are planning to go and when you expect to return
·         Pack an emergency kit that includes a blanket, flashlight, fresh water, and food items
·         Be aware that in many areas on state forest land cell phone reception may not be available
·         Never attempt to drive through standing or moving water
·         Check with the state forest office in the particular forest you plan to visit for current road conditions and closures


Detailed state forest maps can be downloaded at Find a Forest.