Living in The Brush Valley
The Brush Valley area is distinguished by the diversity of its charming small communities. Located in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians, the Brush Valley boasts abundant natural beauty and recreation, making it a desirable place to live, raise a family or retire. The region enjoys the best of both worlds by being in a scenic natural environment close to several major cities, but still has a home town feeling. The Brush Valley area offers a varied housing market, from charming older homes to modern developments. Low property taxes and access to quality public and private schools add to the many reasons to make the area your home.
Explore Brush Valley Attractions
Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area
4100 State Route 125, Coal Township
Featuring 6,500 acres of trails for motorized recreating, the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area also offers extensive non-motorized trails for hiking.
Covered Bridges Tour
The Susquehanna River Valley is famous for its many covered bridges. A downloadable tour guide to 17 of the historic structures is available at www.visitcentralpa.org
Knoebel's Amusement Resort
391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg
The largest free-admission amusement park in the nation offers more than 50 rides, including thrill rides, two roller coasters, a grand carousel and kiddie rides. There is free entertainment plus several dining options for the whole family. Other attractions include campground and picnic facilities, a golf course and the popular Crystal Pool and Waterslides.
Lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club
210 E. Independence St., Shamokin
This incredibly detailed model railroad diorama features past and present landmarks of Mt. Carmel, Shamokin, Sunbury and Northumberland. Visitors are welcome at Thursday night work nights and at the annual Christmas Open House, which is held on weekends in December.
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine
Visited by over 40,000 people annually, Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Experience guides take visitors on a 35 minute tour in mine cars rebuilt to carry passengers. Also offered are rides on a narrow gauge steam train that travels 3,000 feet along the side of Mahanoy Mountain.
PPL Montour Preserve
700 Preserve Road, Danville
Visitors enjoy a variety of educational and recreational opportunities, including bird watching, hiking, nature trails, boating, fishing, picnicking and cross country skiing.
PSSA Home Shooting Grounds
The Pennsylvania State Sportsmen's Association in Elysburg hosts the largest state shoot in the United States. The annual June event attracts shooters and spectators from all over the nation as well as several foreign countries.
Roaring Creek Tract of Weiser State Forest
Located off Route 54 near Elysburg and Bear Gap, this popular forest area features 9,000 acres of woodlands and reservoirs. Outdoor enthusiats enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking and bike trails, wildlife observation, hunting, non-motorized boating, cross-country skiing, and catch-and-release fishing.
Shikellamy State Park
Located in Northumberland and Union counties, this state park features two scenic overlooks, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, boating, fishing and water-skiing at Lake Augusta. The Shikellamy Marina has a boat launch, with bicycle, boat and jet ski rentals available in the summer.
Spyglass Ridge Winery
Located just outside Sunbury, this family-owned winery features a tasting room on the second floor of a renovated early 19th century barn. In addition to daily wine tastings, the winery hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
The Stanley Coveleskie Monument
Located in Shamokin, this monument pays tribute to Hall of Famer Stanley Coveleski, the first pitcher in modern baseball to win three games in one World Series.
Discovered during strip-mining operations in 1948, this unusual rock formation resembles a whale. Weighing 300 tons, the anticline is believe to be more than 200 million years old. It is located southwest of Shamokin and is privately owned, permission from the landowner is needed.
Top Ten Employers
1. Weis Markets, Inc.
2. State Government
3. Conagra Foods Packaged Foods Co. Inc.
4. Northumberland County
5. Shikellamy School District
6. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
7. Earthgrains Baking Companies Inc.
8. Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unite
9. Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital
10. Shamokin Area School District
Distance to Major Cities
Harrisburg, PA..............72 Miles
Philadelphia, PA...........129 miles
Baltimore, MD..............155 miles
Newark, NJ...................162 miles
New York, NY................171 miles
Washington, DC...........197 miles
Pittsburgh, PA..............232 miles
Cleveland, OH..............324 miles
Providence, RI..............351 miles
Boston, MA...................378 miles
Toronto, Canada...........386 miles
Norfolk, VA...................394 miles
Columbus, OH..............423 miles