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Nearby Attractions to Sinnemahoning State Park

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Elk State Forest: Principally in Elk and Cameron Counties, the 200,000 acres of forest land are open to hunting, fishing, and general recreation. Within Elk State Forest is a portion of the Quehanna Wild Area, which is south of Sinnemahoning. The Quehanna Trail System provides access for primitive-type forest recreation limited to day use activities and backpack hiking.

  • Quehanna Wild Area: This 48,000-acre almost circular patch of small second-growth mixed hardwood forest is situated on a plateau in the most unpopulated area of the entire state. The Quehanna Wild Area was set aside to maintain the undeveloped character of the forest environment and is now designated as an Important Bird Area. This area was originally state forest land that was transferred to the Curtis Wright Corporation for jet engine and nuclear research in 1955 and returned to the commonwealth in 1966. More information about the Quehanna Wild Area can be found through Elk State Forest.

Susquehannock State Forest: This 262,000-acre forest abuts the northern portion of Sinnemahoning State Park. It provides opportunities for hiking, primitive camping, fishing, boating, hunting, and other popular recreational activities

Bucktail State Park Natural Area: This park consists of a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium to Lock Haven. This route stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been called the Bucktail Trail. The scenic drive follows the route taken by the Bucktail Regiment on their way to Harrisburg for the American Civil War.

Cherry Springs State Park: Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, Cherry Springs boasts some of the darkest night skies in the northeastern United States. The park provides an astronomy field, special facilities, and education programs for astronomers and the general public.

Elk Scenic Drive: The drive outlines a 127-mile corridor passing through Clinton, Clearfield, Cameron, and Elk counties. The scenic drive takes travelers through the Pennsylvania elk range and offers views of some of the most beautiful areas of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Visitors are provided with abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

PA Wilds Artisan Cooperative: Shops and locations throughout the region that feature work by local artists and artisans.

Austin Dam Memorial Site: The ruins of a broken dam and destroyed buildings are still visible just north of Austin, approximately 18 miles north of Sinnemahoning State Park on PA 872. On September 30, 1911, the Bayless Pulp and Paper Company Dam on Freeman Run gave way, releasing millions of gallons of water through the town of Austin, killing 78 people and destroying the towns of Austin and Costello. The disaster was reported as far away as San Francisco and inspired the 1913 legislation to control dam construction in Pennsylvania.

Explore Pennsylvania Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds is 2 million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.

Highlights of the area are: