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Elk State Forest- Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing and general recreational activities. The state forest land is delineated by metal tags and white paint marks on trees. Along major roads, the boundary markers are supplemented with wooden signs.
Hyner Run State Park- The terrain of the park is generally level and occupies the small valley created by Hyner Run, with steep mountains on both sides. The park derives its name from Hyner Run, which flows through the park. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest.
Hyner View State Park- Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding.
Kettle Creek State Park- Kettle Creek State Park consists of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness. Many of the existing recreational facilities arose from a joint flood control project developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
Ole Bull State Park- The park area is referred to as the Black Forest of Pennsylvania. Its dense tree cover and mountainous terrain attracts thousands of campers who bask in the serenity of the forested scenery along Kettle Creek.
Sinnemahoning State Park- Located at the first fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek, this park offers a picturesque view of surrounding peaks and deep valleys. The diverse habitat supports the American bald eagle, black bear and white-tailed deer. Interpretive pontoon boat rides on George B. Stevenson Reservoir are available during the summer to allow a closer look at lake wildlife.
Sizerville State Park- The park is surrounded by 460,617 acres of Elk and Susquehannock state forests which offers recreational opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
In the spring and summer, small woodland flowers, flowering trees and mountain laurel blossom in profusion, adding their loveliness to the park and surrounding area. During the fall, the flaming foliage of the mixed hardwood forest provides a colorful backdrop for visitors to enjoy the park.

Sproul State Forest- In 1898, the first purchase of State Forest Land occurred near Bull Run on Young Woman's Creek. The location is marked with a suitable monument. Since then the Sproul State Forest has grown to 290,000 acres.
Upper Pine Bottom State Park- Surrounded by the huge Tiadaghton State Forest, Upper Pine Bottom State Park has provided thousands of visitors with a welcome rest area. Visitors often use the parking area of this small roadside picnic site for access to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hunting on pristine forestland.

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Bucktail State Park
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Bucktail State Park
Description - Bucktail State Park provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium, along Pennsylvania Route 120, through Renovo, to Lock Haven. It stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been called the Bucktail Trail, named after the famous Civil War Regiment of Woodsmen, the Bucktails or Bucktail Rangers. This is the old Sinnemahoning Trail used by Native Americans 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 forest land with an occasional small village or isolated farm.

The park is bounded by two state forests which join the park boundary in many sites. Elk and Sproul State Forests comprise a block of more than 500,000 acres generally known as the "Big Woods Country." There are six state parks located nearby that offer a variety of recreational opportunities including family camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and fishing. The parks are: Hyner Run, Hyner View, Kettle Creek, Ole Bull, Sinnemahoning and Sizerville.

There are two state forests, Elk State Forest and Sproul State Forest that offer distance hiking. These trails include the Quehanna Trail - 75 miles, Bucktail Path Trail - 30 miles, Donut Hole Trail - 52 miles and Chuck Keiper Trail - 50 miles.

Attractions - Bucktail State Park provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium, along Pennsylvania Route 120, through Renovo, to Lock Haven. It stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been called the Bucktail Trail, named after the famous Civil War Regiment of Woodsmen, the Bucktails or Bucktail Rangers. This is the old Sinnemahoning Trail used by Native Americans 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 forest land with an occasional small village or isolated farm.

All along the roads are unspoiled forest lands, beautiful hills and deep valleys. In the fall, the colors are breathtaking and people drive many miles to attend the Flaming Foliage Festival at Renovo in October. In the spring the mountain laurel and the fresh green foliage are worth the trip.

The park is bounded by two state forests which join the park boundary in many sites. Elk and Sproul State Forests comprise a block of more than 500,000 acres generally known as the "Big Woods Country." Magnificent stands of white pine, hemlock and red pine were originally found in this region. The areas have been lumbered extensively. Second growth hardwoods, however, are rapidly reclaiming the entire area, supplemented by numerous forest tree plantations.

Recreation - There are six state parks located nearby that offer a variety of recreational opportunities including family camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and fishing. The parks are: Hyner Run, Hyner View, Kettle Creek, Ole Bull, Sinnemahoning and Sizerville.

There are two state forests, Elk State Forest and Sproul State Forest that offer distance hiking. These trails include the Quehanna Trail - 75 miles, Bucktail Path Trail - 30 miles, Donut Hole Trail - 52 miles and Chuck Keiper Trail - 50 miles.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Bucktail State Park area generally has very cold winter months. This north central area has temperatures averaging 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures average 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Location - Bucktail State Park provides a beautiful 75 mile scenic drive from Emporium, along Pennsylvania Route 120, through Renovo, to Lock Haven.


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Contact Information:
Bucktail State Park, c/o State Park Region 1 Office, R.R. 4, Box 212 , Emporium, PA, 15834-9799, Phone: 814-486-3365
, parkregion1@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Elk State Forest - Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing and general recreational activities. The state forest land is delineated by metal tags and white paint marks on trees. Along major roads, the boundary markers are supplemented with wooden signs.
Hyner Run State Park - The terrain of the park is generally level and occupies the small valley created by Hyner Run, with steep mountains on both sides. The park derives its name from Hyner Run, which flows through the park. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest.
Hyner View State Park - Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding.
Kettle Creek State Park - Kettle Creek State Park consists of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness. Many of the existing recreational facilities arose from a joint flood control project developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
Ole Bull State Park - The park area is referred to as the Black Forest of Pennsylvania. Its dense tree cover and mountainous terrain attracts thousands of campers who bask in the serenity of the forested scenery along Kettle Creek.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Sinnemahoning State Park - Located at the first fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek, this park offers a picturesque view of surrounding peaks and deep valleys. The diverse habitat supports the American bald eagle, black bear and white-tailed deer. Interpretive pontoon boat rides on George B. Stevenson Reservoir are available during the summer to allow a closer look at lake wildlife.
Sizerville State Park - The park is surrounded by 460,617 acres of Elk and Susquehannock state forests which offers recreational opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
In the spring and summer, small woodland flowers, flowering trees and mountain laurel blossom in profusion, adding their loveliness to the park and surrounding area. During the fall, the flaming foliage of the mixed hardwood forest provides a colorful backdrop for visitors to enjoy the park.

Sproul State Forest - In 1898, the first purchase of State Forest Land occurred near Bull Run on Young Woman's Creek. The location is marked with a suitable monument. Since then the Sproul State Forest has grown to 290,000 acres.
Upper Pine Bottom State Park - Surrounded by the huge Tiadaghton State Forest, Upper Pine Bottom State Park has provided thousands of visitors with a welcome rest area. Visitors often use the parking area of this small roadside picnic site for access to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hunting on pristine forestland.

Links:
Elk State Forest - Official agency website
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website
Sproul State Forest - Official agency website

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