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Bucktail State Park Natural Area

Bucktail State Park Natural Area provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo, to Lock Haven.

It stretches through a narrow valley known as the Bucktail Trail, named after the famous American Civil War regiment of Woodsmen, the Bucktails or Bucktail Rangers.

This also is the old Sinnemahoning Trail used by American Indians on their way to and from the eastern continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers.

Aside from the three towns named above, the valley is mostly forested land with an occasional small village or isolated farm.

This beautiful area has also been called the Bucktail Canyon because of the steep mountains that form beautiful forested walls along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek.

Visitors should note that most of the land within the “legislative” park boundary is privately owned. Please obtain permission from landowners before entering private property.

Please be aware that public facilities and amenities are limited.

Scenic Driving

The 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo, to Lock Haven runs through unspoiled forest lands, steep mountains, beautiful hills, and deep valleys along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek.

During the fall, the colors are breath-taking and people drive many miles to attend the Flaming Foliage Festival at Renovo in October.

In the spring, mountain laurel and the fresh green foliage are worth the trip.

 

Directions

Bucktail State Park Natural Area is in northcentral Pennsylvania and follows PA 120 from near Lock Haven north to Emporium.

GPS DD North Boundary: Lat. 41.34779  Long. -77.69687

GPS DD South Boundary: Lat. 41.15318  Long. -77.47036

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospitals

To the North

Cole Memorial
1001 East Second Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
814-274-9300

To the South

Lock Haven Hospital
24 Cree Drive
Lock Haven, PA 17745
570-893-5000

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Bucktail State Park Natural Area