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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.

 

Emlenton, Foxburg and Marienville

Leaving Freedom Falls we drove into the town of Emlenton, located less than 5 miles from the falls. We visited the Emlenton Antique Store, located inside the Emlenton Mill.

Emlenton Mill

Built in 1875, the Emlenton Mill was one of the first steam powered grist mills in the United States. Later converted to gas and then electricity the Emlenton Mill was in operation for over 100 years. Today the Emlenton Mill houses Emlenton Mill Antiques and the Emlenton Creamery. The antique store was open; however, the creamery was closed for the season.While at Emlenton Mill Antiques we saw paintings and prints; Virginia Rose table settings; cups, saucers, and depression glass; old wooden toys and some furniture and crafts. We didn’t buy anything; however, I did look at the prices for the Virginia Rose table settings. I have a few Virginia Rose serving pieces that belonged to my mom. I have no plans to sell any of the serving pieces; however, it was interesting to see that some of the pieces were priced at $20+.

There is a bridge at Emlenton that is worth noting.

Emlenton Bridge

According to Wikipedia the I-80 Emlenton Bridge at 270 feet above the Allegheny River was the highest bridge in the Interstate Highway System when completed in 1968. This record was held until 1971 with the opening of the Fred G. Redmon Bridge near Selah, Washington. The Emlenton Bridge remains the highest road bridge in Pennsylvania. With an overall span of 1,668 feet, it was the largest bridge constructed as part of the Keystone Shortway project. With the completion of the Interstate System, it is likely that the Emlenton Bridge will remain the fourth highest bridge in the system for a significant time, behind the Glade Creek Bridge in West Virginia , the Pine Valley Creek Bridge in California, and the aforementioned Redmon Bridge.

Before beginning our drive back home we stopped at The Allegheny Grille in Foxburg. The Allegheny Grille is located on the banks of the Allegheny River. The waitress sat us at a table with an expansive view of the river. Our lunches were very filling. Bob ordered a Buffalo Chicken Salad of mixed greens, house made chicken tenders tossed with buffalo hot sauce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, crumbled blue cheese and blue cheese dressing. I ordered a Big Grille Salad of mixed greens, red onion, hard boiled egg, cucumber, tomato, shredded mozzarella cheese and grilled chicken breast.

We made one more stop on our way home. In Marienville we stopped at The Bucktail Hotel, where we enjoyed pie for dessert. Bob ordered a chocolate peanut butter cream pie; I ordered a coconut cream pie. Both of our pies had meringue piled high and were delicious. We were there for only a short time but enjoyed our visit immensely. We had a very nice conversation with the proprietor, who identified the children in photographs that lined the wall near our table. What a lovely family she has! I think it is wonderful, too, that the entire family gets together at Christmastime and for the 4th of July!

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