Map & Directions
to Sideling Hill Tunnel
(& Old Cove Valley Plaza)
please study picture
Map & Directions
Heading out of town on US 30 east from Breezewood
- go up the mountain and cross over the modern Turnpike on an overpass.
Continue up the hill and watch for PA 915 North,
which will join up with US 30 briefly and then turn off to your left.
Make a left onto PA 915 North at this point and
follow it across another overpass over the modern Turnpike. Then, you will
see an intersection (a fork, I believe),
with a road to your right.
Take this road to your right and follow it down
the mountain -- soon you will be paralleling the modern turnpike on the
At the base of the descent -- you will come
to a 4 way intersection with the worker entrance to the existing PA Turnpike
service plaza ahead of you and a road passing underneath the existing turnpike
to your right. Make a right here and proceed under the turnpike
-- headed south.
About a mile later, the road will come to a four
way intersection -- with the primary direction of travel turning off to
the left -- you want to continue straight - going onto 'Pumping Station
Road'. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles until you come down a small
hill and see an overpass - this is the old Turnpike.
Make a right on what appears to be a small
driveway just before reaching the underpass -- this was the access road
to the old Cove Valley Service Area. Continue up the driveway
until you reach a jersey barrier that has 'no vehicles' stenciled in orange
day-glo paint on the top.
Park here and take your bikes around the barriers
and continue up for about a 1/2 mile or so. You will come into
the old service area - which later served as a firing range for the State
Police (don't worry, it has long been inactive, despite the warnings still
You will find the Sideling Hill Tunnel about 2
miles north of Cove Valley on a very gentle, if roughly paved incline.