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Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning State Park, located near the center of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ scenic steep valleys region, encompasses 1,910 acres of beautiful scenery and outstanding wildlife habitat. Situated in Cameron and Potter counties, the park is nestled between the green-shouldered ridges of Pennsylvania’s Elk State Forest and Susquehannock State Forest.

The park is long and narrow and includes lands on both sides of First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek -- a major tributary to the Sinnemahoning Creek. At the southern end of the park, a 145-acre reservoir created by the George B. Stevenson dam provides excellent fishing and water recreation opportunities.

The abundance of wildlife within the park provides visitors with opportunities to view bald eagle, coyote, elk, and bobcat.

In addition, the park’s geographic location is excellent for visitors to explore the other treasures of the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

The park office/wildlife center hours are:

  • April 1 to October 31 -- open 7 days-a-week, 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • November 1 to March 31 -- open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed on Sunday.

Overnight areas and other areas are open specific seasons and hours.

Contact the park office/wildlife center for facility seasons and hours.

 

Directions

Sinnemahoning State Park is located on PA 872 in Cameron and Potter counties in northcentral Pennsylvania. The park is 13 miles north of the intersection of PA 120 and PA 872 (outside of the village of Sinnemahoning) or 15 miles south of Austin.

The park office and wildlife center is 0.5 mile south of the northern intersection of PA 872 and Park Road.

The northern entrance of the park is about 3 miles north on PA 872.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.47341  Long. -78.05653

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

The Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center

Enjoy state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, and learn about green building design at the wildlife center.

The park office and wildlife center -- located in the northern section of the park -- is a 9,300 square-foot facility that provides office space, improved visitor services, and a gallery of interactive exhibits to help connect the visitor to the park and the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Sinnemahoning State Park is in the “heart” of the PA Wilds region, which is comprised of wild, natural areas from 13 counties in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. It includes 29 state parks and 1.5 million acres of state forest and state game lands. The park is surrounded by the Elk, Susquehannock, and Sproul state forest districts.

Sinnemahoning State Park was chosen as the center's location due to of its central location and the many connections that it offers visitors to other activities and facilities within this remote region. The wildness of the area is an important draw as it provides an abundance of wildlife watching opportunities -- from elk to otters -- and an outstanding variety of birdlife. It is also a place for DCNR to share its stewardship messages with local communities, businesses, and visitors.

Firewood

Firewood is available from several vendors in the area. An invasive insect, the emerald ash borer has been identified in several counties in Pennsylvania and is known to be transported in lumber and firewood. To prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, please do not move firewood to, or from, other areas.

Special Events

The Birds n’ Brunch Pontoon Boat Tour

This tour is a special, bird-watching, pontoon boat excursion offered several times each season. The tour includes a light brunch on the boat -- complete with tablecloths and music -- while anchored in a secluded cove of the lake. Afterward, the boat moves along the shores and wetland areas of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir and offers glimpses of eagles, herons, mergansers, kingfishers, and other birds that frequent the area.

Women in the Wilds Weekend

This event is offered each summer as a female-focused weekend filled with opportunities to learn new outdoor skills. Programs include mountain biking, archery, kayaking, outdoor photography, GPS, geocaching, fly-fishing, deer and turkey hunting, and many others. Participants may choose up to eight different sessions over the three days of the event.

The First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park

The festival celebrates the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley. Held annually on the second Saturday of October, this community-focused, admission-free event features local authors, artists, and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Haunted Halloween Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration

We invite visitors to Sinnemahoning State Park for a BOOtiful evening! Visitors can watch for ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, and some scary native critters along the Lowlands Trail. Children can enjoy Halloween crafts and games in the Wildlife Center classroom while learning about the origins of Halloween and the animals that are traditionally associated with this holiday.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Sinnemahoning State Park offers year-round environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and other youth groups. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. Teacher workshops on a variety of subjects also are available.

Canoe and kayak programs are very popular from spring to fall. The park has an inventory of kayaks and canoes and offers paddling programs that range from basic to competitive racing.

Wildlife watching pontoon boat tours of the George B. Stevenson reservoir are offered on most Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition, specialty bird watching tours featuring a hot brunch served onboard are scheduled several times each summer, usually on major holiday weekends.

Biking programs are offered on selected Saturdays from May to October. The park has 10 hybrid bikes in various adult sizes for use during the program or you may bring your own. Helmets are provided and must be worn.

Wildlife watching programs and opportunities are available year-round. Participants may search for amphibians in the spring, watch bald eagles snatch a fish from the lake, or observe black bear gorging on fall berries. Elk can often be seen grazing in open areas near 40 Maples Day Use Area.

Outdoor photography workshops are offered several times each year. The workshops focus on digital wildlife and landscape photography and are designed for the novice photographer. Contact the park office for dates, times, and applicable fees.

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 an employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

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

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