When it comes to scenic drives you can't beat the area on and around the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Terre Hill. With lush countryside and mountains you will that find beauty surrounds you on all sides. From parks to Amish buggies, you will enjoy the scenery and the relaxing drive.
French Creek State Park
843 Park Road
Elverson, Pennsylvania 19520
A short drive east on the turnpike from your Terre Hill inn you will find French Creek State Park. It is a beautiful forest with hills, streams and wildlife. This dense forest is set among the scenic farmlands of the area. There are two lakes in the park and 40 miles of trails for hiking. Enjoy this scenic drive and get a little history as you visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a cold blast furnace that has been restored to its 1830s condition.
Covered Bridge Scenic Drive
501 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
South of the turnpike and Terre Hill stand 28 historic covered bridges in Lancaster County, Amish country. There are more bridges in this county than any other. Take a slow drive, roll your windows down to smell the fresh country air and hear the clip clop of the horses pulling the buggies across the bridges. Pennsylvania is known as the birthplace of covered bridges. Built with a roof to protect the trusses of the structures, more than 1500 bridges were built in the state. Today, 219 still remain. Maps are available at the information center or itineraries at the website.
Scenic Drive Landcaster
Pennsylvania Turnpike and PA 23
Along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, close to Terre Hill, many adventures await you. A 73.5 mile drive winds through historic Lancaster Amish Country on highways 23, 897, 772, 441 and 30. It begins in Morgantown and ends in downtown Lancaster. At the Pennsylvania Turnpike access in Morgantown, take Main Street (PA 23) and in about a mile you will see the Amish Mennonite Information Center. Pick up brochures, maps and information, and take in the scenic view. Your adventure will include silos, barns, shops, horses, buggies, crafts, quilts, farm tours, buggy rides and more. Visit the Ephrata Cloister and Landis Valley Museum. Make a stop at a roadside stand for a snack and leave plenty of room for a stop at an Amish restaurant or two.
Gettysburg Scenic Loop
Turnpike and I-81
Taking the turnpike west to I-81 you will find a scenic tour of Civil War history. The 35.5-mile western loop of the Scenic Valley Tour takes you on a history loop as well as a chance to explore an apple and peach orchard. On the eastern loop you will travel 43 miles on the Historic Conestoga Tour. You will pass fruit stands, see livestock, Historic Gettysburg, covered bridge, churches and farmhouses. There are plenty of shops, antiques and food.
Marsh Creek State Park
675 Park Rd.
Downingtown, PA 19335
For a little peace and quiet, visit this state park just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike east of your Terre Hill bed and breakfast. It offers swimming, fishing and more, but kick back after your scenic turnpike drive and enjoy the drive through the park. The lake offers 535 acres of quiet water, perfect for watch migrating birds and enjoying the scenery.