Eastern Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Kalmia latifolia.
Kalmia latifolia. Photo by Penny Stritch.

laurel high.
Laurel high. Photo by Gary Kaufman.

National Scenic Byway – State Route 59

Forest: Allegheny National Forest

Description: A drive on State Route 59 from the Bradford District Office to Warren in the month of June and July (typically the last week of June and first week of July) offers a spectacular view of Pennsylvania’s state flower, Mt. Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).

“In mid-June, every sunny mountainside in Pennsylvania is a still-life in pink pastels — a sight which delighted members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate as well as the wife of Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot. Together, they prevailed over Pinchot's preference for the azalea to name the Mountain Laurel as the official state flower.”
- Designated May 5, 1933

Viewing Information: The Mt. Laurel is common across the Allegheny National Forest and PA, however, the abundance and viewing ability along this section of road makes it a prime spot for viewing.

Safety First: Obey traffic laws and proceed with caution, for extensive viewing, take a hike on the Morrison Run Trail or the North Country Trail.

Directions: Major route access to SR 59: from the West via SR 6 from Warren; Access to SR 59 from the North, South and East Via SR 219.

Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest, Supervisor's Office (814) 723-5150.

Closest Town: Bradford and Warren, Pennsylvania.