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Nearby Attractions to Kinzua Bridge State Park

Information about Kinzua Bridge State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau.

Explore the Area

The borough of Mount Jewett is one of the closest communities to the park. Every August they celebrate their Swedish immigrant heritage with a Swedish Festival. Smethport Borough is also nearby and is known as having the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state and being one of the coldest towns in the contiguous United States.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Kane Chamber of Commerce and the Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Kinzua Bridge State Park is close to three state parks, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Elk State Park

The 3,192-acre Elk State Park offers a short hiking trail, picnic tables, hunting, and camping operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The 1,160-acre East Branch Lake provides opportunities for boating and fishing for species such as muskellunge and smallmouth bass that are stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Bendigo State Park

The 100-acre Bendigo State Park is in a small valley surrounded by picturesque hills. About 20 acres of the park is developed, half of which is a large, shaded picnic area.

Popular recreational activities include picnicking, swimming, kayaking, and fishing.

Chapman State Park

The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek.

Adjacent to state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

State Game Lands 62 is just northwest of the park and offers additional recreational opportunities.

The Pennsylvania Wilds

Kinzua Bridge State Park is part of the Pennsylvania Wilds, which offers 2 million acres of public lands for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, and exploration in northcentral Pennsylvania.

Highlights of the area include

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly 2 million acres of public lands give both wildlife and humans room to roam. Unsurpassed beauty, natural treasures, rich history, and outdoor adventure can be found here.

In 1807, Pennsylvania State officials mandated a road be cut through the Moosic Mountains to enable easier travel to the western part of the state. What would become the Route 6 Heritage Corridor was born. By spanning the entire state, the road ties together a unique collection of special places and communities, capturing the spirit of the state’s diversity.