Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

Shade Mountain Road

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Shade Mountain Road - Snyder County, Pennsylvania

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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Shade Mountain Road Sign      Here in central Pennsylvania the ridge and valley topography (today's geology lesson) forces a majority of the highways to take a northeasterly-southwesterly direction. Occasionally these valley roads must be connected with mountain routes that will test your car's muscle. Such is the case where Route 235 climbs out of the valley to Shade Mountain Road. This secondary road, a short scenic drive, follows the ridgeline of Shade Mountain.
     One of the best mountaintop views along the route is from a clearing for the Pisgah Altar. Built by Robert Cryan for community use and special services, the Saint Pisgah Altar is especially popular among outdoor lovers that are ready to exchange their wedding vows. Bordering the Shade Tree Unit of the Overlooking Beaver Springs Bald Eagle State Forest, the mountaintop altar is also a favorite stop for sightseers, birders and photographers. Looking out toward the town of Beaver Springs, the overlook is about four miles from Route 235 on Shade Mountain Road. This scenic drive continues along the mountain ridge for another 11 miles, showcasing Pennsylvania's hardwood forest and area wildlife. Especially scenic in the autumn season, this region also offers five state parks, each with their own unique drawing card.

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