Viaduct Valley Way

Route: 92, Susquehanna County, East of I-81

Just outside the Endless Mountains, take this nice, relaxing drive through the wooded vistas of Susquehanna County. Stop and admire the Starrucca Viaduct, the oldest stone railroad bridge still in use in the Commonwealth. Everything about the Starrucca Viaduct is extreme: 1,200 feet long and 110 feet high, and at a construction cost of $320,000, it was the most expensive railroad bridge in the world when it was built. Slender piers and graceful arches belie its mighty strength; this bridge is a perfect marriage of elegance and brawn.

Viaduct Valley Way also consists of Tunkhannock Viaduct, known as the Nicholson Bridge. It stands 2,375 feet long and 34 feet wide. In Theodore Dreiser's 1916 travel biography, he said of the bridge's 12 arches: "How really beautiful they were. How symmetrically planned! And the smaller arches above, how delicate and lightsomely graceful! It is odd to stand in the presence of so great a thing in the making and realize that you are looking at one of the true wonders of the world." 

All along this Byway you can hike on trails, go antiquing, or ride a horse. There are also plenty of places to fish, ski, kayak, and canoe, so pack accordingly. Check out the museum of the Susquehanna County Historical Society, where artifacts and exhibits bring the local lore to life. The Florence Shelly Preserve is also a great place to visit. Stroll amid more than 300 acres of plants, animals and birds.

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