The Guide to Big Valley
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2020 Online Big Valley Guide

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Welcome to Big Valley

Wide open spaces filled with picturesque rural scenes greet visitors and local residents alike. Kishacoquillas Valley (a name derived from Chief Kishacoquillas of the Shawnee tribe, who befriended early settlers) is commonly known as Big Valley.

Situated between Standing Mountain and Jacks Mountain along Route 655, Big Valley runs from Milroy to Allensville and beyond into Huntingdon County, covering approximately 27 miles from end to end.

Big Valley is home to several small towns, each with their own appeal, separated by miles of scenic countryside. Our country roads are the perfect place to unwind. The area’s relaxed, inviting atmosphere keeps visitors returning to enjoy the community’s charm and the countryside’s pure wholesome nature. For residents of surrounding counties, exploring Big Valley is a favorite summertime activity, with many making a weekly pilgrimage to the area to stock up on garden fresh produce, dine in local restaurants, visit area shops and take in “Sale Day”, as Wednesdays in the valley are known.

Sale Day started decades ago as vendors started to set up stands at the Belleville Livestock Auction and Farmer’s Market. While the livestock auction continues to this day, the “Sale Day” phenomenon has spread to surrounding towns and attracts thousands of families and visitors. People come from great distances to explore Route 655 from Reedsville to Belleville, dropping by the farmer’s markets, roadside stands, flea markets and livestock auction, which set up from early in the spring until late in the fall, as local weather conditions allow.

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Big Valley is home to several small towns, each with their own appeal, separated by miles of scenic countryside. Our country roads are the perfect place to unwind. The area’s relaxed, inviting atmosphere keeps visitors returning to enjoy the community’s charm and the countryside’s pure wholesome nature. For residents of surrounding counties, exploring Big Valley is a favorite summertime activity, with many making a weekly pilgrimage to the area to stock up on garden fresh produce, dine in local restaurants, visit area shops and take in “Sale Day”, as Wednesdays in the valley are known.

Sale Day started decades ago as vendors started to set up stands at the Belleville Livestock Auction and Farmer’s Market. While the livestock auction continues to this day, the “Sale Day” phenomenon has spread to surrounding towns and attracts thousands of families and visitors. People come from great distances to explore Route 655 from Reedsville to Belleville, dropping by the farmer’s markets, roadside stands, flea markets and livestock auction, which set up from early in the spring until late in the fall, as local weather conditions allow.

One of the area’s main draws is the opportunity to interact with the local Amish population. Big Valley is Amish country, and the area is home to thousands of hardworking families whose religious beliefs lead them to eschew many modern conveniences. A drive along the back roads of Big Valley is like a trip back into America’s past. Many fields here are worked using horse teams and equipment that you might see in an agricultural museum elsewhere. Family farms and homesteads are nestled into the rolling hills covered with corn, wheat and hay. Around every corner you’ll find cows grazing in the pastures, sheep and goats playing along fence rows, and work horses cooling off under a shade tree. Be alert for slow moving horse-drawn buggies.

The best view of the valley can be seen from the vista at the top of Jacks Mountain near Belleville. The stunning view showcases the patchwork of farms, fields, streams and small communities that we call home. While there, look to the sky. Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch uses this location to count raptors, with over 5,000 sightings a year, including hundreds of eagles.

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While the rural beauty of this valley will charm you, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is all the area has to offer. The people of Big Valley are industrious and a large number of businesses call Big Valley home.

The simple beauty of Big Valley works its way into your heart. Visit once and you’ll soon be planning a return trip.