Lawrence and Butler Counties
It’s always a beautiful day to visit Pennsylvania! Your adventure along Route 422 begins close to the Ohio border at Nova Cellars Winery, one of four wineries in Lawrence County. Grab a bite to eat and some unique handcrafted wines, and start your journey on Rt. 422 off… the right way! Walk the Labyrinth at the beautiful and unique Villa Maria to find that special balance in your life. Travel east to New Castle, Fireworks Capital of America, where you’ll learn about the community’s fireworks history at the Greer Mansion, home of the Lawrence County Historical Society. View the beautifully-restored Victorian homes on New Castle’s North Hill, the third largest historic district in Pennsylvania. Tour the Magnificent Hoyt Mansions and Scottish Rite Cathedral, both cultural jewels.
Demonstrate your patriotism while visiting two western Pennsylvania Statues of Liberty replicas. Dine at one of many family-run ethnic restaurants. It’s been said “You can’t get a bad meal, here!” Local hotels, B&B’s and Campgrounds will make sure you are rested up in style to continue your adventure!
Get up close and personal with over 400 animals of 70 different species at Living Treasures “WILD” Animal Park. Enjoy fishing at one of the many rivers and streams, or kayak/canoe at McConnells Mill State Park. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without the “world’s largest banana split” at Mister C’s Fun Spot.
Travel a few miles north to the Amish Countryside, south to Wampum to hike a portion of the North Country Trail or explore Ewing Park in Ellwood City.
Continue east to delightful and diverse Butler County. As you travel along Route 422, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of Moraine State Park which offers biking, hiking, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, sailing, geocaching, scheduled pontoon cruises and much more. If you head south on I-79, you can explore some of the county’s charming small towns - Harmony, Zelienople, Evans City and Mars. Each has unique history, quaint shops and tasty eateries. At the other end of the spectrum is Cranberry Township, a bustling area packed with shops, restaurants, plenty of top-notch hotels, and easy access (20 minutes) to Pittsburgh.
Back to Route 422 eastbound, you’ll pass right by downtown Butler. There you’ll find art (browse others’ or make your own), history, microbreweries, and lots of Jeep cutouts commemorating the town as the birthplace of the Jeep. Tucked on a residential street, The Maridon Museum is a must-see. This high-caliber collection includes ancient Asian art and culture as well as German Meissen porcelain. If you’ve got a nice sunny day, the town is very walkable.
No matter which part of the journey you find yourself tired, there’s always a scenic campground, cozy bed and breakfast, or comfortable hotel nearby.
Head east on 422 to “The Heart of Western Pennsylvania,” Armstrong County, where your summer adventure awaits! Take in the nature with some intense mountain biking on the Roaring Run Trail. From here you can head down to the River’s Edge Canoe and Kayak for a kayaking excursion on the Kiski River! Find the treasure on the Armstrong County GeoTrail with each geocache placed at a local historical attraction. Get back on track in Schenley, PA with a scenic ride on the Kiski Junction Railroad. After all this activity you’re sure to be hungry, but don’t worry we have some great restaurants to refuel at. During the summer months Arts on the Allegheny hosts concerts at the Kittanning Riverfront Park, check with the Tourist Bureau for their schedule. Finish up with some rest at one of our quaint B&Bs, hotels, or campgrounds before you head out on your next adventure!
Complete your Route 422 excursion in the unique and beautiful Indiana County. Home to the Ghost Town, Hoodlebug and West Penn Trails, it offers 64 miles of Rails to Trails bike riding and 18 miles of single-track mountain biking. Couple that with the many fairs and festivals for a great outdoor getaway. Attend two of the newest outdoor concerts: Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival and the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival held in the summer and fall. Indiana is the hometown to Hollywood icon Jimmy Stewart and his museum displaying memorabilia from his military, personal and Hollywood career. Relax and enjoy fresh crafted beverages at one of our new microbreweries, artisan distillery or local wineries. Just off 422, is the Smicksburg Amish area where visitors can shop for primitive crafts and share the road with horse-drawn buggies. History buffs will enjoy a stop at the Underground Railroad or one of our four covered bridges.
Stay overnight in a charming B&B, full-service hotel or campground. Discover all of this in the Christmas Tree Capital of the World!
Call each county’s tourism bureau for a free visitors guide.
There’s so much to do on Route 422!