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Liberty, NY to Williamsport, PA Ride Preview

 

This 229 mile ride visits some nice sites, views, and roads in the Catskills and Northeastern Pennsylvania on the way to Williamsport. The route follows Beaverkill Road north through Catskill Park. The Beaver Kill has been popular as a trout stream since the early 19th century, when it became one of the first resort destinations in the United States. Fly fishing information can be found at the nearby Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.


Beaverkill Road

 

The ride turns west on NY Route 30 (Best Of the NorthEast Road) along the Pepacton Reservoir. There are some nice sweeping turns and great views along this stretch. The ride is especially nice in the morning.


NY Route 30 along the Pepacton Reservoir

 

Cross the East Branch Delaware River and enter Downsville via the pretty Downsville Covered Bridge. This bridge is currently closed, but sees a lot of snowmobile and motorcycle traffic. There is plenty of room between the barriers to ride the bridge. Those feeling less naughty can just stay on Route 30 and bypass the bridge.


Downsville Covered Bridge

 


Downsville Bridge & Gazebo

 


Downsville Bridge Sign

 

Continue north on Route 206 and stop for gas/refreshment and the Speedway/Dunkin Donuts in Walton.

Turn left on NY Route 10 and follow the West Branch Delaware River to the Cannonsville Reservoir. There are some fine sweepers and great views along this road.


NY Route 10 along the Cannonsville Reservoir

 

Make sure to stop at the scenic overlook and enjoy the view and the tranquility.


Cannonsville Reservoir Scenic View

 

Get on Old NY Route 17 and take it to Windsor. Turn left on State Line Road and follow it south along the Susquehanna River. Upon entering Pennsylvania, the road name changes to Damascus Road. Turn left onto Depot Road and behold the Starrucca Viaduct.

The Starrucca Viaduct is a stone arch bridge that spans Starrucca Creek. At the time of its construction, the bridge was thought to be the most expensive railway bridge in the world. It was the largest stone rail viaduct in the mid-19th century and is still in use.


Starrucca Viaduct

 


Starrucca Viaduct Historical Postcard

 

You can ride beneath the viaduct and take an immediate right on Tannery Street & loop back to the main road. This path is dirt and a little tricky, but worth the effort. Although the GPX file does not allow this little loop, it can easily be done.

Pick up PA Route 92 (BONE Road) and take it south. This road starts a bit rough, but improves before long. Stop for gas at the Pump N Pantry in Lenox and then continue on PA 92. Turn left on Farnham Road and then pull over to behold the wonder that is the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct.

The Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct is a concrete deck arch bridge on the Norfolk Southern Railway Sunbury Line and on the Nicholson Cutoff rail segment of the Sunbury Line that spans Tunkhannock Creek. Measuring 2,375 feet (724 m) long and towering 240 feet (73.15 m) when measured from the creek bed (300 feet (91.44 m) from bedrock), it was the largest concrete structure in the world when completed in 1915 and still merited "the title of largest concrete bridge in America, if not the world" 50 years later. Almost half of the bulk of the bridge is underground.


Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct

 


Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct

 

Turn around and ride back to PA 92. Continue south and stop for lunch at either Twig's Cafe (review) or Tioga Bistro (review) in Tunkhannock, PA.

Briefly follow U.S. Route 6 and then bear left onto PA Route 87 and cross the Susquehanna River. Curvy PA Route 87 (BONE Road) is a great ride. It becomes especially fun and curvy as you approach Forksville. Turn left on Route 154 in Forksville and cross the Forksville Covered Bridge to the Forksville General Store. This great store is a throwback to simpler times and is a fun stop.


Forksville Covered Bridge

 


Forksville General Store

 

Make sure you walk behind the store for a great view of the river and the bridge:


Forksville General Store - Rear View

 

Follow Route 87 southwest along the Loyalsock Creek to I-180 in Fairfield and follow I-180 west the last few miles to Williamsport.