National Pike Festival is an annual celebration of the “Road That Built The Nation”. The National Pike opened up the frontier to Americans when it was built in the nineteenth center and today, and like days long past, people can tour it’s route today. very third week in May the road is retraced from Maryland to Illinois as part of the celebration and is traveled by a great-sized wagon train. It should also be noted that much of the old pike has been converted into state roads allowing for car tours.
While a leisurely hitch from Maryland to the Midwest is hardly feasible for many people, a few towns in southwestern Pennsylvania make for fantastic day spots to post up and watch the journeyman come through. Uniontown, Brownsville, Washington, Addison, Beallsville, Centerville, Claysville, Hopwood, Scenery Hill, and West Alexandria are the main stops. History buffs will enjoy touring the old pike and visiting the old toll houses which still stand. In Brownsville, the Flat Iron building is a museum dedicated to the Pike and worth the trip.
For a true festival experience, the best place to celebrate National Pike Festival is undoubtedly Scenery Hill. Held in conjunction with the Pike Tour, Scenery Hill throws a wonderful two-day festival. Live bands play all weekend long, shops full of antiques are open, food and craft vendors line the street and fun activities create a great environment for kids and families. The wagon train rolls into town in the early afternoon on Saturday and camps overnight. Saturday night, don’t miss the fireworks. Note that the National Pike Festival at Scenery Hill and all along the route are best enjoyed with plenty of itinerary planning so to get the most from your experience
Admission to the Scenery Hill Festival is free. Some historical sites charge a nominal fee.