Eastern Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Longhouse Scenic Drive
Forest: Allegheny National Forest
District: Bradford Ranger District
Description: The forest along Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262) is a complex ecological area that transitions from an oak dominated forest to a rich mixed mesophytic forest community. The oak forest community is characterized by drier upland soils dominated by red oak (Quercus rubra), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), and the PA state flower, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia). In the spring, pink ladyslippers, also known as the moccasin flower, (Cypripedium acaule) may be found at Jake's Rocks overlook. Along the southern section of Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262) where soils are more moist one will find white ash (Fraxinus americana), basswood (Tilia americana) as well as large expanses of large-flowered white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) and wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata).
Wildflower Viewing: Although numerous wildflower species can be seen throughout the year, spring (Late April-May), offers the showiest display. Spring ephemerals such as spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), wood (wild blue) geranium (Geranium maculatum), spreading Jacob's-ladder (Polemonium reptans) and golden ragwort (Packera aurea) are common. Names follow Plants of Pennsylvania by Ann Rhoads and Tim Block second edition 2007.
Safety First: Use caution when traveling on Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262). Obey the speed limit of 35 mph and take care to pull off the road for extended viewing. If walking along the road, always face traffic and wear bright colored clothing.
Directions: From the city of Warren, travel east on SR 59 to the Allegheny Reservoir. Turn (right) south on Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262) and proceed south to SR321. From the city of Bradford, travel west on SR 59 to the Allegheny Reservoir. Turn (left) south on Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262) and proceed south to SR321. From the town of Kane travel north on SR 321. Turn (left) west on Longhouse Scenic drive (FR262) and proceed north to SR 59. On your way you will pass several developed recreation areas. You can view wildflowers along your journey on both sides of Longhouse Scenic drive, with the most abundant areas on the southern section of Longhouse Scenic drive between Kiasutha Campground and SR321.
Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Ranger District.
Closest town: Kane, Pennsylvania.