The Tiadaghton & Worlds-End Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
16 in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania154 Miles Miles
By Brad Morgan
on June 1, 2008
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Start and end in Williamsport. Head to Jersey Shore and pick-up PA 44 North - then take PA 414East, to PA 154 south and then US 220 South back to Williamsport. The route is about 160miles long.
Tidaghton State Forest http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/tiadaghton.aspx. For approximately 40 miles of this route you will travel on PA 44 and PA 414 through the huge Tiadaghton state forest. Tiadaghton was the name the Iroquois gave to Pine Creek, the largest tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. You will hug the banks and cross Pine creek several times as you go through the forest. At times you will ride beside shear rock walls, and at others you will ride along a railroad bed that has been converted into a 62 mile bike/hiking path. The park offers lots of fishing, hiking, biking swimming and picnicking opportunities and on a nice day you will see people enjoying all of these activities along the way. You will see many mountains and valleys as you wind you way through the valleys. Lots of trees, streams, mountains, trails, a recreation areas are what you will see.
Rolling Hills of Farmland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Route_414 For approximately 300 miles outside of the Tidaghton, you will travel along rolling hills of farmland as you twist an turn along what once was a cow path that connected farm to farm. Along this stretch you will see far and wide as you travel along the roller-coaster ride offered-up by PA414.
The End of the World! http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/worldsend.aspx Worlds End State Park is in a narrow S-shaped valley of the Loyalsock Creek just south of Forksville, Sullivan County. The scenery is spectacular, especially the June mountain laurel and fall foliage. Canyon Vista, reached via Mineral Spring and Cold Run roads, provides outstanding views. Loyalsock Creek is stocked with trout each year by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The cold mountain water provides good fishing most of the year.
This route offers equal parts twists, turns, sweepers, hills, a few straight-aways but not many. The conditions very greatly as PA414 particularly is really a patchwork of many different roads - it offers an ever changing environment to master.
As you pass through the Tidaghton State forest the road conditions vary from good to dreadful. There is about a 20 mile stretch from Hillborn (just a place on the map) to Morris that is in a state of complete disrepair - it's only slightly better than a gravel road. You will need to slow down and just navigate through this narrow, pot-hole infested section and just accept it as part of the adventure! Once you cross US15 conditions improve a bit, but much of the road is full of "tar snakes" and bumpy patches here and there. You wont set any speed records or challenge very many of the tight corners on PA414 - just take-it easy and enjoy the scenery and focus on navigating you way through!
As you pick-up PA154, road conditions improve as you head further south. PA 154 is full of tight turns and elevation changes with good to fair pavement quality above PA 87 in Forksville. Below PA 87, you will find no better motorcycle road than PA 154. If God made a road to reward the righteous motorcycle enthusiasts - it would be the 10 miles of PA 154 between Forksville and US 220! This section weaves through Worlds End State Park - you will enjoy perfect road conditions as you carve-up some of the best sweepers and corners anywhere in the state. In fact - this section is so good you may want to turn-around and hit it again and again! As if this wasn't enough - the scenery of the forest and the Loyalsock creek also fabulous on this stretch of road.
On the way back to Williamsport you will pick-up US 220 - which is a great piece of super-slab highway. You will do some serious descending as you get closer to Williamsport - great road conditions and some nice wide-open sweeper action can be had on this stretch of US220.
Williamsport offers every amenity you would need. There are several recreational park areas along the route. I would encourage you to spend some time in Forksville, walk across the covered bridge and visit the Forksville General Store.
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