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Here are some suggested itineraries for Schuylkill County. Mix and match the stops to suit your own schedule and interests and create memories that will last a lifetime!
- From the Center of the Earth, to the Top of the World: Travel from inside a coal mine to the top of a mountain and soar with the eagles!
- The Scenic Southern Schuylkill County: See firsthand what makes Pennsylvania so beautiful!
- Schuylkill County Wine Tour: Explore the lush vineyards and family owned wineries Schuylkill County has to offer!
From the Center of the Earth, to the Top of the World
Morning: Your tour begins at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, PA where you will explore the world of Deep Mining in a former Anthracite Coal Mine. From Ashland, tour the Coal Region of Upper Schuylkill County as you take a driving tour through Girardville, the home of the Molly Maguires, and a visit to the Anthracite Miners Memorial in Shenandoah.
For lunchtime dining, you may want to visit the Dutch Kitchen in Frackville or in The Molly Maguire Tunnel Room at The Wooden Keg Tavern in St. Clair. After lunch take a drive to Pottsville, home of America’s Oldest Brewery, The Yuengling Brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process and visit the underground storage caves.
From the Brewery you may want to visit Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum on South Centre Street, before making your way south on Route 61 to the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Take a hike out to the South Lookout and check out the view atop the Blue Mountains where you may see an Eagle or a Hawk coasting along the ridgeline as they migrate southward.
The Scenic Southern Schuylkill County
Begin your day with breakfast at Buddy’s Log Cabin Family Restaurant in Pine Grove and then travel east along Route 443 to Route 895.
From Pine Grove take Route 895 east to the Village of Rock and check out the two Covered Bridges of Schuylkill County. From the village of Rock continue east to Schuylkill County Fairgrounds and the Schuylkill County Agriculture Museum.
For lunch take a brief drive The Brick House Grill in Orwigsburg. After lunch, stop by the Long Trout Winery and check out the Frisbee Golf Course, or sample some of the unique wines.
From Long Trout Winery, take a drive to the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and take in a breathtaking view of Schuylkill County from the North lookout. After Hawk Mountain drive to Heisler’s Dairy Bar and sample a milkshake or ice cream cone, or play a round of miniature golf.
From Heisler’s, take a quick drive out to the Galen Glen Winery followed by a visit to Hope Hill Lavender Farm.
Schuylkill County Wine Tours
(Wine Tour should begin either at Galen Glen Winery or Benigna Creek Winery. For the purposes of this tour we will begin at Benigna Creek)
Morning: Benigna’s Creek Winery, Klingerstown.
Drive via Hegins Valley to Interstate 81 south to Pine Grove Exit.
Through Pine Grove, lunch at the Red Lion Café
Visit Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, Friedensburg
Drive via Hidden Valley to Route 61 to Long Trout Winery, Wine tasting and perhaps Frisbee Golf.
From Long Trout, via Route 895, possible detour to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
To Galen Glen Winery
Dinner at Tamaqua Station Restaurant in the historic train station, Tamaqua, where you can continue your PA wine tasting experience with their extensive selection of Pennsylvania Wines.