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Nearby Attractions to Sinnemahoning State Park

Information about Sinnemahoning State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Potter County Visitors Association and the Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

Explore the Area

Sinnemahoning State Park is near Wharton Township and the community of Sinnemahoning, offering some amenities. The town of Renovo is 24 miles away to the east and home to the Flaming Foliage Festival every October.

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

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Sinnemahoning State Park is close to two state parks and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Sizerville State Park

The 386-acre Sizerville State Park is nearly surrounded by Elk State Forest and is close to one of the largest blocks of state forest land in the commonwealth.

Sizerville has many recreational and natural opportunities including hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing, wildlife watching, and camping.

Cherry Springs State Park

The 82-acre Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its dark skies which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena.

The park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

Elk State Forest

Located about an hour away from Bendigo State Park, the nearly 200,000-acre Elk State Forest offers 17 hiking trails, areas that allow mountain biking, approximately 53 miles of designated horseback riding trails, and opportunities for picnicking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Elk State Forest is one of eight state forests located in the Pennsylvania Wilds Center.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

There are several other nearby outdoor spaces and natural places near Sinnemahoning State Park:

The Quehanna Wild Area is a state forest wild area that offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

  • The Hammersly Wild Area is nearby and offers additional recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • The Elk Scenic 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.
  • 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 at the Austin Dam Memorial Site. 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.

The Pennsylvania Wilds

Sinnemahoning 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.

Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area recognizes the role the Susquehanna River plays for history, recreation, and the economy of the towns along the river.