In Pennsylvania, the Route 125 Scenic Drive makes for a fun afternoon mini road trip. This is a 30-mile stretch that runs from Shamokin to Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. 

Along the way, you can stop and see a few sites, find a place (or two) to picnic, and just open the windows and take in the fresh Pennsylvania air. Exploring this route during the fall will have the bonus of seeing the leaves change colors along the road and the nearby mountains and valleys. 

Ready to check out the Pennsylvania 125 Scenic Drive? Let’s go!


Shamokin is the starting point for your trip headed south. This was a once thriving town built on the coal industry which came upon hard times. But you can still see the spirit of its roots. 

One place to check out is the Shamokin Cemetary. It was opened in 1860 and has a section called the Solider’s Circle that is the resting spot of veterans from the Civil War onward. 

To head out of Shamokin, follow Pennsylvania 125 south along the Carbon Run Creek. Once out of the town, the road begins a twisty and curvy path before heading South, and the area becomes decidedly more rural. 

Gowen City

Just before you hit Gowen City, you’ll come across AAOA Trails. Now, if you’re a fan of ATVs and off-road trails, this place might be well known to you as it’s often cited as one of the top ten trail riding spots in the country. 


Looking for something a bit different? Check out the small Red Shale Ridge Vineyards in Hegins. If you didn’t think Pennsylvania was a place that produced great wine, think again! Wine tastings are available on site, so this could be the perfect spot for a lunch break.

Speaking of wine, Hegins is also home to the Schuylkill County Wine Festival. This brings together a bunch of area wineries, caterers, and vendors to celebrate wine. It’s held annually in September. 

Pine Grove

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As you pull into Pine Grove, it’s the end of the Scenic Route along route 125. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to see here too. 

Two popular dining spots are Buddy’s Log Cabin and O’Neals Pub. Both serve local comfort food with friendly service. 

Canal Park is also a favorite spot for both locals and visitors alike. The park is part of what was formerly an old towpath that helped move coal and lumber across Pennsylvania. When it was first built, it was an engineering marvel. 

Enjoy the Trip!

One of the benefits of these shorter scenic routes, like the one you’ll find along Pennsylvania 125 is you can take your time and get a feel for the area. It doesn’t take long to drive 30 miles. But, meander through the small towns and wander some of the trails and you’ll enjoy everything the place has to offer!

If you’re having fun in Pennsylvania, stay awhile! And find affordable hotel rates on our sister site, For another scenic drive in Pennsylvania, check out Route 6.