I tried a new route to 7S this weekend. It was very succesfula nd I wanted to recomend it. The route we took was:
Rt 219N to
State Rt 653W to New Centerville
Continue Northwest and Follow Signs to Laurel Hill St. Pk
Past Park to 7S.
Note on the route: The route was poorly marked on Rt 653. At somepoints it is confusing where the road leads as there is a 653 and a 653 truck route. There were no signs for 7S until you get to New centerville. Follow the signage to the statepark, 7S is on the same road. We actualyl had no problems getting there. The route is very easy to drive. There is no truck trafic, in fact no trafic at all on I-68. You cross the Aleghaney front on 68 (Teh easiest crossign there is IMO, besides the tunnel). It is better than the TPK because: No trucks, no tolls, the exits on to / off of the turnpike are as confusing as the backraods, and I-70 between Hancock and Breezwood is a very bad road IMO.
Recomended for people who hate the turn pike. Not recomeneded for theose with out good map reading skills / no GPS. I have no GPS but am good with maps.