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
Fishing Center and Museum.
The ride turns west on NY Route 30
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
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.
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 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.
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
Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct
Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct
Turn around and ride
back to PA 92. Continue south and stop for lunch at
Twig's Cafe (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
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
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.