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A Sunday Drive

We went for another day trip on Sunday, our fourth trip in as many days. We planned to go to Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Park. We never made it there.

As we were passing through Marienville on our way to Clear Creek State Park, we saw a sign for Loleta Recreation Area located 6 miles away. We decided to see what was located at Loleta Recreation Area.  Upon reaching Loleta, we saw a rutted, dirt road. Bob wondered where that road went.

We drove 10 miles or more on Forestry Road, which runs alongside the East Branch Millstone Creek. The road is an old rail road grade used for logging years ago.

 

Forestry Road

After 10 miles or so on Forestry Road, we reached a paved road that went back into the heart of Marienville. We came into Marienville one road over from the road that we took to Loleta.

We did go back to Loleta Recreation Area. The quick peek I had of the area, before we departed for parts unknown, showed a creek in the center of a park-like setting, with water flowing over a dam.

Loleta Recreation Area

From Loleta Recreation Area we drove to Clear Creek State Park.  Upon reaching Clear Creek State Park, we drove first to the swimming beach.

A bridge crosses the dam at the swimming beach.

Swimming beach

We stopped at the swimming beach because we knew that there was a restroom in this area. Unfortunately, the restroom was closed.   There weren’t any restroom facilities at Beartown Rocks, so we decided not to go there this trip.  We opted to go to Iron Mountain Grille, located a few miles away in Clarington, to make use of its restroom and have a late lunch.

Iron Mountain Grille

We learned about this restaurant from one of my high school classmates (Thank you, Rick!), who lives in the area and had recently eaten there.  We ordered chicken salads.  Bob ordered a buffalo chicken salad. I ordered a grilled chicken salad. The salads came with French fries and a bread stick.  The salads were fresh and of a size suitable for a meal. The fries were crispy and hot.  The bread sticks were served fresh out of the oven.   Our meals tasted delicious and were reasonably priced.  Service was good too.  If the opportunity presents itself, we would eat there again.

After lunch we continued along Route 36 to Cooksburg, where we turned right onto River Road.  We drove along the Clarion River to Route 899, onto which we turned left, and made our way back into Marienville.  From Marienville, we continued on our way back home to Warren.

 

Sunday Drive: Warren to Benezette

Bob and I went for a drive yesterday.  We were gone all day and covered a little more than 200 miles.  We drove along the Clarion River; through Brookville, DuBois and Reynoldsville; saw elk in Benezette and ate an early dinner in St. Marys before heading back home.

This blog post shares photographs taken during our drive from our hometown (Warren, PA) to Benezette, PA.  This portion of our drive is highlighted in the following map.

According to a Wikipedia article, the Clarion River is formed at Johnsonburg at the confluence of the East Branch and West Branch Clarion rivers. It flows generally southwest for about 110 miles, past the towns of Ridgway and Clarion, to join the Allegheny River. The name Clarion was given by surveyor Daniel Stanard in 1817 who thought the water sounded like a distant bird of the same name.

Clarion River, as seen from Rt. 899 bridge
in Clarington, PA

Clarion River
en route Cooksburg, via River Road (Rt. 2002)

Rt. 36 bridge over Clarion River
Cooksburg, PA

Clarion River
Cooksburg, PA
(looking away from the Rt. 36 bridge)

From River Road we drove over the Clarion River and continued following Rt. 36 to Brookville, PA.

I took this photograph of the Jefferson County Courthouse, as we were driving through Brookville.

 

From Brookville we followed Routes 322, 950, 219, 255 and 555 through Reynoldsville, DuBois, and Penfield to Benezette.  The only stop we made, before reaching Benezette, was in Reynoldsville.

Abandoned ARCO fuel station
Reynoldsville, PA

I was able to remove the utility lines in this photograph.  Also, I made an attempt to give the photograph an authentic “feel”.

 

Close-up photograph of one of the fuel pumps

My next blog post will highlight the final leg of our day trip, Benezette to Warren.

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