Clarks Valley Road to Peters Mountain Road + ADD NEW ROUTE
19 in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania40 Miles Miles
on January 1, 2007
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Start your route Tower City and take 325 southwest all the way to Dauphin, Pennsylvania. 325 will basically "T" into route 225 at which point you want to take a right (head north) on Rout 225/Peters Mountain Road. Take this over Peters Mountain and into the town of Halifax where you want to now switch to the last road, route 147/N. River Road and take that north for about 6 miles up to the route's end point - Millersburg.
This road takes you past the DeHart Dam, which is the primary water supply for the city of Harrisburg, the state capitol. The first part of the route is a quiet, forested, lightly traveled road that travels through Pennsylvania "State Game Lands Number 210" and past Stony Mountain. It also drives past a corner of one of the sections of Weiser State Forest. Later in the route you'll pass over Peters Mountain and descend down and on to River Road N with hugs the Susquehanna River. So you'll travel through a nature preserve, over a mountain and along a river - not a bad combination!!!
If you are in or near Harrisburg, this is the nicest ride I know of in the area. It will take you about an hour to get from Tower City to Millersburg and you will get to enjoy a quiet, easy ride, a fun jaunt over Peters Mountain and a ferry ride across the Susquehanna River if the Raging Bull is running that day.!
Road quality is excellent, no surprises. The road runs fairly straight, no drastic curves; very relaxing. And, its ok to run it at 45-50 mph. Traffic is very light because this road is sparsely populated and begins and ends near small towns. When you get near Dauphin, you'll end up picking up Route 225 North (also known as Peters Mountain Road). Head north on route 225 for a very nice ride over Peters Mountain and take in the nice overlook at the top. Take it slow near the bottom on the north side as there is a nice hairpin curve. In Halifax you'll want to switch to Route 147/N. River Road and take that north up to the town of Millersburg (see the directions below).
Amenities rating: Not much in terms of amenities on this route. The road starts in Tower City where we could not find a mom n' pop restaurant!
The first part of the route travels through a conservation area (State Game Lands Number 211), so there are no commercial businesses, only trees.
After you pass through the conservation area on 325 and switch to 225 heading north (see the directions below) you'll find the 3B ice cream stand just 1/10th mile north on route 225. Nice summertime treat before you go up over Peters Mountain.
When you get to the end of the route in Millersburg, make a memory; take a ride on the quaint Millersburg Ferry if its running. (Located on your left as you go thru town. Look for the sign or ask a local. It's not a big town.) $2.00 for a motorcycle, last time I checked. The river crossing will put you onto route 15, a busy 4 lane. Before crossing, grab lunch at the Millersburg Hotel on the south end of town.
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