PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor

In 1807, Pennsylvania State officials mandated a road be cut through the Moosic Mountains to enable easier travel to the western part of the state. Just like that, Route 6 was born. By spanning the entire state, the road ties together a unique collection of special places and communities, capturing the spirit of the state’s diversity: rural, farmland, dramatic landscapes, rolling mountains, and quaint towns.

As you drive Route 6, you witness first hand what has fueled, and continues to fuel, America. It is a look inside the country’s engine, allowing the visitor a deeper understanding of our American culture. The Highway’s strong heritage of transporting people, products, and natural resources like lumber, oil, coal, and natural gas tells the story of America’s love to travel and is considered one of the best touring routes by Harley-Davidson, and “One of America’s Most Scenic Drives” by National Geographic Traveler.

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(Photo: Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA)

Things to See and Do

  • Smethport Mansion Walking Tour

    Smethport Mansion District Smethport PA 16749

    Tucked away in the Pennsylvania Wilds, where the Nunundah Valley and Marvin Creek Valley converge, Smethport offers a glimpse of its opulent past to visitors with the release of a self-guided walking tour brochure of its Mansion District.

  • Wayne County Historical Society

    810 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431

    Home of the Stourbridge Lion Replica, the First Steam Locomotive to run in America. The building was the original home of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Office. Designated a Department of Interior National Historic Landmark. Contact 570-253-3240 for more information.

  • Nicholson Viaduct

    Lackawanna Trail, Nicholson, PA 18446

    The Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct, also known as the Nicholson Bridge or sometimes as the Tunkhannock Viaduct, was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) in 1912 and was completed, dedicated and ready for use on November 6, 1915. This remarkable construction and engineering feat of its time was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1977, due to its national architectural, engineering and transportation significance.

  • Dietrich Theater

    60 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock PA 18657

    The Dietrich Theater was built in 1936 by George Dietrich and continued to show movies for nearly fifty years. In the late 1980’s, bowing to the whims of the times, the local theater could no longer compete with the mall movies, and the screen became dark. Today, The Dietrich shows countless blockbuster, foreign, independent and classic films. The theater has also presented over 100 cultural events, including semiannual film festivals, live theater, concerts and workshops. The semiannual film festivals bring in patrons from all over northeastern Pennsylvania. Wonderful works of art are exhibited in our William Norris Earnshaw Gallery, and art classes are offered in the Dorothy G. Sheldon Art Studio for both youth and adults. Contact 570-836-1022 for more information.

  • Historic Carbondale

    1 North Main Street, Carbondale, PA 18407

    In the mid-1820s, the Wurts Brothers launched the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company in Carbondale. Carbondale was located not only close to the rich anthracite coal reserves in Lackawanna County but also in proximity to New York City. With the D&H Canal close by and the gravity railroad, Carbondale played a pivotal role in the movement of coal from Pennsylvania to markets far and wide.

  • Pymatuing State Park

    2660 Williamsfield Rd Jamestown PA 16134

    Almost everything about Pymatuning State Park is huge. At 21,122 acres, it is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is the largest lake in the Commonwealth. In its three campgrounds, Pymatuning has the most campsites in the Pennsylvania state park system. More people visit Pymatuning than almost any other state park in Pennsylvania. But the biggest thing about Pymatuning is the fun you can have boating, fishing, swimming, camping and enjoying other recreational opportunities. In addition to the state park facilities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission operate a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas and a learning center.

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

    5660 US Route 6 West PO Box 239 Galeton PA 16922

     Walk into a re-created lumber camp and discover the life of 19th century loggers. The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth’s prosperous lumber ere when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. Northern Gateway to the LHR

  • Struthers Library Theater

    302 West Third Avenue Warren PA 16365

    Among the twenty oldest theatrical venues in the nation, the Historic Struthers Library Theatre has been a performing arts center since 1883 and reflects millions spent to enhance the facility. It seats 1,000 in elegant, air-conditioned comfort. The Playhouse company includes actors, dancers, orchestral players and stage designers recruited from across the country. See stunning sets and winning performances of beloved American musicals. Contact 800-720-0450 for more information.


  • Lake Wallenpaupack

    Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428 Hawley PA 18428

    Lake Wallenpaupack is a man-made lake built in 1927 for hydroelectric power. The lake has huge dimensions – 5,700 acres, 13 miles long with 52 miles of shoreline. The lake has six recreation areas featuring hundreds of acres of forest lands, wildlife, walking trails, campsites and boat slips

  • ANF (Allegheny National Forest)

    80 East Corydon Street ANF Visitors Bureau Bradford PA 16701

    The Allegheny National Forest offers more than 513,000 acres of outdoor fun. Nearby Kinzua Bridge State Park in Pennsylvania and the Allegany State Park in New York provide additional trail and recreation opportunities. There is an endless variety of trails leading to just the adventure you need: ATV, Biking, Hiking, Horse, Heritage, Shopping, Water and Snowmobile Trails

  • Dark Sky Preserve - Cherry Springs State Park

    454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922

    Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing and the science of astronomy. Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest with access to nearly 85 miles of trails nearby. Contact 814-435-5010 for more information.

  • PA Grand Canyon/ Pine Creek Gorge

    4797 Route 660 Wellsboro PA 16901

    Views of the Pine Creek Gorge from 2 state parks. Hiking, biking, birdwatching, horseback riding. Access to Pine Creek Rail Trail. Contact 570-724-3061 for more information.

  • Kinzua Skywalk

    1721 Lindholm Road Mount Jewett PA 16740

    The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park offers visitors a chance to walk the Tracks Across the Sky. Located in McKean County, this park is the home of the newly reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,054 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway. Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor. Contact 814-965-2646 for more information.

  • Quilted Corners of Wyalusing

    20 Main Street Wyalusing PA 18853

    Self-guided tour of buildings adorned with beautifully hand painted classic quilt blocks. Five separate quilt paths that feature barns, businesses, homes, and historical sites. Also experience the stories through the audio portion of the trail. Learn the legends and history of the Wyalusing area. Contact 570-746-4922 for more information.

  • Presque Isle State Park

    301 Peninsula Drive, Route 832 Erie PA 16505

    Motorized and non-motorized trails, camping, scenic views, fall foliage.                          

  • French Azilum

    R.R. 2, Box 266 Towanda, PA 18848, PA 18848 Towanda, PA 18848 PA 18848

    Between 1793 and 1803, French refugees founded a refugee camp at what is now known as the French Azilum Historic Site. This peaceful valley offered the refugees a place to escape oppression in their native France. None of the settlements’ original builidings still stand. However, it is easy to see, while visiting the home built for Marie Antoinette. Contact 570-265-3376 for more information.

  • Dorflinger Glass Museum

    55 Suydam Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431 White Mills PA 18473

    The Dorflinger Glass Museum tells the story of the magnificent glass works produced during the late 19th century by artisan Christian Dorflinger. Dorflinger glassworks produced world-reknowned pieces, some of which graced the tables of presidents Lincoln and Wilson. The isolated grounds of the Wildlife Sanctuary are among the most beautiful in the state. Contact 570-253-1185 for more information.

  • Zane Grey Museum

    135 Lackawaxen Scenic Drive Lackawaxen PA 18435

    Once the home of this prolific writer, the Zane Grey Museum is a favorite among history and literature buffs. 20 minute long guided tours through the museum are offered. Exhibits include photographs, memorabilia, personal items, manuscripts, and first editions of all of Grey’s books.

  • PA Route 6 Artisan Trail

    13 West Main Street, Galeton, PA 16922 Galeton PA 16922

    On Route 6, you will find a string of small communities, once compared to a string of pearls. Each town has a wealth of unique shops and galleries waiting for you to explore. Many talented people live and create along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. Here they find natural beauty and materials for the inspiration of their work. Some are creating fine art in studios overlooking mountains and valleys; some are practicing the art forms and traditions of years gone by; but they all call the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania their home.

  • PA Lumber Museum

    5660 US Route 6 West Galeton, PA 16922 Galeton PA 16922

    The rough and rugged life of the lumber industry, once Pennsylvania’s largest, is portrayed in a recreated lumber camp. More than 3,000 artifacts and objects, from everyday tools to a logging locomotive, are displayed. Visitors walk through the weathered wooden buildings of the logging camp and sawmill. The PA Lumber Museum perserves the heritage of the State’s Prosperous Lumber era. Shay locamotive, Barnhart Log Loader, Brookville switch engine, Logging Camp, Sawmill, CCC cabin, Exhibits and trails. Contact 814-435-2652 for more information.

  • Tioga Central Railroad

    9 Muck Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901 Wellsboro PA 16901

    See Canyon Country in comfort and style! Train leaves Wellsboro Junction Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Reservations are not required. The dinner train runs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and does require reservations. Contact 570-724-0990 for more information.

  • Conneaut Lake Park Resort

    12382 Center Street Conneaut Lake PA 16316

    One of the oldest amusement parks in America. Fishing and boating on Conneaut Lake.


  • US Brig Niagara

    150 East Front Street Erie PA 16507

    Reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania. Commodore Oliver H. Perry captained 2-masted, square-rigged vessel in Battle of Lake Erie, War of 1812. He said: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Professional and volunteer crew. Contact 814-452-2744 for more information.

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    150 South Washington Avenue Scranton PA 18503

    Steamtown celebrates the strength and glory of locomotion. Take a ride on a fully operational steam engine through the beautiful mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Or experience the heritage of the railroad through the History and Technology Museums. Visit the only national park solely dedicated to railroad history, created to interpret the story of mainline railroading between 1850 and 1950. The park occupies more than 40 acres of former rail yard and includes historic railroad buildings. The Steamtown National Historic Site also operates three steam locomotives. Bring the whole family for a hands-on learning experience as you tour roundhouses and ride the rails. Open year-round, seven days a week.

  • Grey Towers

    151 Grey Towers Drive Milford PA 18337

    Ancestral Home of first chief of the US Forest Service and Pennsylvania Governor for two terms, Gifford Pinchot.   Now, the US Forest Service works with numerous partners to carry on the Pinchot legacy by delivering public programs, interpretive tours and conservation education programs. Today, conferences and seminars at the estate bring together a diversity of leading conservation and environmental thinkers to help guide the future of natural resources. The grounds are open to the public with guided tours of the home as scheduled.

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