Located right next door to the Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Bridge State Park and down the road from Cook Forest State Park, you might call Kane, Pennsylvania, the perfect home base for outdoor adventure lovers.
The Allegheny National Forest features hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and horseback, snowmobiling, dirtbike and ATV riding; plus the forest is open to swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping annually. Meanwhile, Kinzua Bridge State Park is the home of the reinvented Kinzua Viaduct — a must-see for anyone that hasn’t yet visited the area.
“The Kinzua Sky Walk offers a unique glimpse into the bridge’s history revealing the ingenuity, dedication and determination of its designers and builders,” the Kane Area Development Corporation states on its website. “Built in 1882 of iron at 301 feet high, 2,053 feet long weighing 3,105,000 pounds, this enormous structure was partially taken down by a tornado July 21, 2003. Today, the viaduct has been reinvented as the Kinzua Sky Walk with a glass bottom observation deck at the end– a spectacular walkway that once again allows the public to walk the ‘Tracks Across the Sky.’”
And speaking of proximity, Kane is perfectly positioned halfway between Washington, D.C., and Niagara Falls — making it a great location stopping to stretch your legs during a long road trip; or even to stay overnight in.
When it comes to accommodations, one of the original homes of the Kane family serves as a bed and breakfast — the Kane Manor Inn. Locals call the Kane Manor Inn one of northwest Pennsylvania’s best-kept secrets. Built in 1896, the inn is on the register of national historic places. The newly expanded Knox to Kane Rails to Trails runs a block from the Manor and soon will connect to Kinzua State Park.
Kane’s drive-in theater is reminiscent of simpler times. Enjoy two feature films under the stars from April to September each year — the perfect excuse for a date night or a night out with the whole family.
After a day of shopping in the small town’s quaint downtown, featuring a women’s boutique, a boot shop, a letter print print shop and many more, venture to grab a craft beverage. Logyard Brewing, right in downtown Kane, specializes in hyper-local ingredients native to the Pennsylvania Wilds. Flickerwood Wine Cellars is the only winery in McKean County.
“The wine lounge was open in spring 2007 and hosts dinners, concerts and other events throughout the year,” the KADC says. “After perusing through the gift shop, sample some wine and enjoy a tour of the winery. Each year the winery hosts a spring and fall festival with music, vendors, food and wine.”
And don’t forget the food — The Texas Hot Lunch is a four-generation restaurant and Kane landmark since 1919. This restaurant is noted for their famous “Texas Hots” — hotdogs with a house sauce.
“When former residents of Kane come back to visit, they can usually be found visiting at the Texas Hot Lunch,” the KADC writes.
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Pro tip: Southern Airlines begins service from Bradford (BFD) to Washington IAD in spring 2021. Kane is just 35 miles by car from BFD.