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Byways Program

The Pennsylvania (PA) Byways program includes 21 designated PA Byways, 1 Forestry Byway and 3 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Scenic Byways (NSB).  The Pennsylvania program parallels FHWA's NSB Program, but does not use “scenic” in its title, recognizing that many roadways exemplify more than purely scenic qualities.  PennDOT designates Pennsylvania Byways at the request of local communities seeking to highlight roadways with cultural, historical, recreational, archaeological, scenic and natural qualities.
PennDOT’s mission is to support communities and local governments in achieving byway designations and to assist with local planning efforts to maintain byway resource qualities, to protect and preserve visual impacts, to educate residents and visitors, to promote tourism and to enhance economic development potential throughout the Commonwealth.

Program Overview With Flowchart

How to Nominate a PA Byway

Program History


Qualities (PDF)

Guidance Manual (PDF)

Project Evaluation Criteria (Excel)


Additional Resources

Federal Aid Primary / National Highway System County Maps

Outdoor Advertising Sign and Junkyard Controls 

National Scenic Byways Nomination Guidelines

Scenic Pennsylvania Byways Map

National Byways Funding Site

Visit PA Tourism Site

Official National Scenic Byways Tourism Site

Official National Scenic Byways Program Site


Potential Matching Funds

PA Infrastructure Bank (PIB)

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Safe Kids PA

Federal Highway Administration - Recreational Trails Program