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Bucktail State Park- Hemmed in by mountains, this state park scenic drive follows PA Route 120 as it winds from Lock Haven to Emporium along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The scenic drive has no recreational facilities. In June, the mountain laurel is in bloom and in early October the fall colors are breathtaking.
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.

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Sizerville State Park
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Sizerville State Park
Description - Sizerville State Park opened for public use in 1924 with the first facilities built in 1927. The name "Sizerville" comes from a logging boom town of the same name which flourished around the turn of the century. Sizerville itself was named for the Sizer family who were, according to local legend, the first settlers in the area.

Sizerville State Park is surrounded by the Elk State Forest and shares many of the recreation opportunities with the state forest. Hiking trails traverse back and forth between the two lands as well as fishing and snowmobiling opportunities. Sizerville offers a fairly large campground and several picnic groves along hiking trails and fishing waters. There is a visitor center, an opportunity for swimming in a large pool that offers a dressing stockade and concession open during the summer months. An amphitheater is located near the family campground offering environmental education talks. There are several walk-in campsites for those looking for a more remote destination. In addition, approximately 200 acres of state park land are open for hunting, trapping and training of dogs during established seasons.

Attractions - Sizerville State Park opened for public use in 1924 with the first facilities built in 1927. The name "Sizerville" comes from a logging boom town of the same name which flourished around the turn of the century. Sizerville itself was named for the Sizer family who were, according to local legend, the first settlers in the area.

Beautiful white pines and hemlocks grace Sizerville and bring to the visitor's eye and mind a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The pines were planted in the 1930's as a conservation effort by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Several thousand acres in and around the park were planted to replace the massive tracts of virgin timber logged at the turn of the century.

Recreation - Sizerville State Park is surrounded by the Elk State Forest and shares many of the recreation opportunities with the state forest. Hiking trails traverse back and forth between the two lands as well as fishing and snowmobiling opportunities. Sizerville offers a fairly large campground and several picnic groves along hiking trails and fishing waters. There is a visitor center, an opportunity for swimming in a large pool that offers a dressing stockade and concession open during the summer months. An amphitheater is located near the family campground offering environmental education talks. There are several walk-in campsites for those looking for a more remote destination. In addition, approximately 200 acres of state park land are open for hunting, trapping and training of dogs during established seasons.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Sizerville State Park area generally has very cold winter months with 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 - Sizerville State Park, an area of 386 acres in north central Pennsylvania, is located 7 miles north of Emporium on PA Route 155 in Cameron and Potter counties.


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ICON Snowmobiling The average yearly snowfall is 60-70 inches. This provides an excellent base for the 66 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in adjoining forestry grounds. The park provides parking facilities and 2 miles of access trails to the surrounding state forest trail system.
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Contact Information:
Sizerville State Park, R.R. 1, Box 238-A , Emporium, PA, 15834-9608, Phone: 814-486-5605
, sizerville@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.
Bucktail State Park - Hemmed in by mountains, this state park scenic drive follows PA Route 120 as it winds from Lock Haven to Emporium along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The scenic drive has no recreational facilities. In June, the mountain laurel is in bloom and in early October the fall colors are breathtaking.
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.
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.

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