Pa 944 and Pa 997 are an absolute joy to ride. The tarmac is in good condition throughout most of this 52 mile journey, so you can enjoy tackling this route at a 'sporting pace' or a leisurely one. Either way - this is my favorite way to travel West of Harrisburg. The route is generally lightly traveled. The further West you ride, (particularly on 997) the more likely you are to encounter more Amish Buggies than cars. Watch out for horse pies...
We will start where Pa 944 intersects with Pa 34 just north of Carlisle. Pa 944 extends to Enola Pa but the fun factor for that stretch is limited as it is more heavily traveled and much more urban.
There are not very many places of note along this route - the road and the scenery are your reasons for being here! That said, for us 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, you can take a break for some target shooting at the pistol range approximately 1.5 miles from the start. Here is Mrs Pa Motorcycle Tours squeezing off a few rounds at the range:
From the pistol range onward, Pa 944 is great mix of gently rolling hills and mostly mild curves. The curves become more frequent as you near the end with several fun S curves and a few wide open sweepers with great visibility. A few of the S curves are tight and with limited visibility so be careful. For the most part though - this ride is scenic.
As you come to the end of Pa 944 at Pa 233 you will definitely stop and ponder how beautiful and fun that ride was ! There is more though. Turn right onto Pa 233 for a mile or so and then make a left on to Pa 997 South.
For an in-depth description of this route, visit - https://www.pa-mag.com/pa-944-and-pa-997/
Road condition are very good throughout. Watch out for horse droppings and lose stones in some curves
Hit this route yesterday after work for a joy ride. I ride 944 on a regular basis and absolutely love it. The tarmac is superb as it twists through farm lands and wooded areas. Great view to the north as it runs parallel to the mountains.
The start of 997 is a little rough when it comes to the road conditions. The road has been patched in sections so there do happen to be a few bumps along the way. What this road lacks in comfort it makes up for in scenery. The views are to die for as to your right your are close to the mountains and to your left is open fields with another set of mountains off in the distance. Recommend hitting this one in the fall to enjoy the foliage. My only complaint is that the closer I got to Chambersburg, the ride felt more like a commute instead of a leisure joy ride. Not sure if that was due to the time of day I was riding and hit some traffic or the road itself. Definitely going to give this a fair evaluation and hit it again sometime in the future. As the saying goes, I'll try anything twice....