Cameron County

The scenic 75-mile Bucktail Trail travels through Cameron County.  This winding trail named after the famous Civil War-era Bucktail Regimen, meanders along the West Branch of the Susquehanna.  While on this beautiful driving tour, there are many stops and side trips along the way.  Three State Parks, Bucktail, Sizerville and Sinnemahoning are located in the county which all offer outstanding scenery, miles of trails and waterways and endless outdoor recreation.  Bring your camera and binoculars, as Cameron County is the home of numerous wildlife species, including Pennsylvania’s Elk Herd and Bald Eagle.  Fishing and Hunting are prime outdoor activities and Geocaching is plentiful.

  • Bucktail Path

    34 mile trail located in the Elk State Forest starting at Sizerville State Park and ending Sinnemahoning with mountain vistas.
  • Bucktail State Park Natural Area

    This 16,433-acre natural area is actually a 75-mile scenic drive. The park provides a beautiful scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo to Lock Haven. All along the road are unspoiled forest lands, beautiful hills and deep valleys.

    Four major hiking and backpacking treks include Quehanna, Bucktail Path, Donut Hole and Chuck...
  • Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic

    Each April hundreds of paddlers brave the cold waters of the Driftwood branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek. Some Class One white water and whirlpools. April 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center

    More than 65 artists sell their wares inside this artisan center found along the PA Wilds Artisan Trail. Take Route 120 from Ridgway or Lock Haven and you will find Emporium in the center! All the products are one of a kind hand made by the artist. Whether looking for an inexpensive gift like homemade soap or one of a kind paintings by artist John...
  • Cowley Run

    The east and west branches flow through Sizerville State Park and contain brook and brown trout and offers mountain freestone fishing at its best. Nearby, the Portage and Driftwood branches of the Sinnemahoning Creek provide fishing for smallmouth bass and trout. All streams receive spring stockings and are under the laws of the Pennsylvania Fish...
  • Creekside Inn

    Bicycles, WiFi, gas grills, and fireside lounging available for guest use. Horse lodging at the base of State Forest riding trails. Pet friendly. Non-smoking.
  • 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 offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

    Primitive camping is overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by...
  • Elk State Park

    Features the 1,160-acre East Branch Lake. Unlimited horsepower boating. Fishing for muskellunge, walleye, smallmouth bass, brook, rainbow, brown and lake trout in the lake. Hunting is permitted in season. Ice fishing is a favorite winter sport. 8 mi. W of Wilcox on State Rt. 1006.
  • Fred Woods Trail

    Located in Elk State Forest, you'll see unique rock formations and breathtaking views from vistas including Mason Hill Overlook, known as "top of the world" by locals. People bothered by tight spaces should be wary of the Rock Loop. Wear your hiking shoes -- portions of the trail are rocky. Parking available. 4.57 miles long and marked in yellow...
  • George B. Stevenson Reservoir

    Fishing for many cold-water and warm-water species. Nearby creeks provide good angling. Some feeder streams contain brook trout. Special regulation area from mouth of Baily Run.
  • Johnson Run Natural Area

    This rugged area gives a real feeling for how difficult it was for the first settlers to traverse the unbroken forests of the Allegheny Plateau. The plateau is laced with steep ravines following small streams. There were few trails through this tangled mass of growth, until white settlers came along to open up the forest. The boulders that line...
  • Keystone Predator Outfitters

    Guided musky, pike, and small mouth bass fly fishing in northern and western PA with “2014 Musky Flyrod World Champion” Todd Deluccia ½ & full day trips, all gear provided.
  • Lowlands Trail

    Explore the past on the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad located within Sinnemahoning State Park. Along the way, pass by thick spruce stands, grassy openings, vernal ponds, and streamside bottoms. Watch for grassland birds like osprey, elk, and bald eagles---you'll see butterflies, too! Be sure to leave extra time to visit the two wildlife viewing...
  • Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania

    Paddle the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Search for traces of logging ghost towns. Watch an osprey plunge into the Allegheny River and emerge with a fish. Follow the route of a logging railroad as you bike the trail into the Pine Creek Gorge. In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly two million acres of public lands give both wildlife and...
  • Nady Hollow Trail

    Five miles of trails within Sizerville State Park. The hiking trail system offers a series of five loop trails. The Bottomlands, Campground and North Slope trails take the visitor through a variety of lowland habitats and are relatively easy to walk making them ideal for hikers of any age. The Sizerville Nature Trail is a three-mile loop that...
  • Pine Tree Trail

    Discover life as a pioneer on this self-guided interpretive trail located in Elk State Forest. Learn about forest management practices, identify tree species, watch insects, and notice the effects of tree diseases while you hike through the Pine Tree Trail Natural Area. Follow the old wagon trail up the hill to the large stand of white pine that...
  • Quehanna Wild Area

    Nearly 50,000 acres, the Quehanna Wild Area covers parts of Cameron, Clearfield and Elk counties. This protected wildlife area has been named an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and home to several species of birds and other animals including elk, deer coyotes.

    Hiking and biking are popular activities on the Quehanna...
  • Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Trail Run

    50K, 25K, & 10K races that begin and end in Emporium with trails winding through the Elk State Forest. The third Saturday of October annually.
  • 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 habitat supports the Bald Eagle, black bear, white-tailed deer and elk. Interpretive boat rides on George B. Stevenson Reservoir are available during the summer. The 35-site campground is open from April to December....
  • Sizerville Nature Trail

    Take a self-guided tour of the Elk State Forest. Learn about forest management practices, tree identification, insects, and tree diseases as you hike through a working forest. Along the way, you'll see northern hardwoods, pine plantations, oak forests, and evidence of old logging practices. Features parking with restrooms and camping at nearby...
  • Sizerville State Park

    23 RV and tent sites . Most sites have electricity. Flush toilets, showers and sanitary dump station available. Five walk-in tent sites offer a secluded streamside setting. This 390 acre park is surrounded by nearly a half-million acres of state forest. Picnic tables and pavilions, swimming and wading pools. Easy to challenging hiking...
  • Square Timber- Big Run Wild Area

    Nearly 8,500 acres in Elk State Forest. This large undeveloped area provides opportunities for primitive recreation such as hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife photography.
  • Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail

    26-mile trail that loops through the 200,000-acre Elk State Forest located near the town of Benezette, PA. The Thunder Mountain Trail is easy to follow with clear markings. Trailhead is off of Hicks Run Road (near Route 555). Camping is permitted along the trail system. Camping permits can be obtained by calling (814) 486-3353. Maps can be...
  • West Creek Trail

    18 mile Rails to Trails from Emporium to St. Marys for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Open year round.
  • Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park

    The Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning was appropriately named after the numerous opportunities to watch wildlife within the park including bear, eagles, otters, deer, and elk. Inside houses offices, a classroom and a gallery of state of the art interpretive/interactive exhibits.

    The Park Office and Wildlife Center received the PA Wilds' 2014...
  • Women in the Wilds Outdoor Discovery Weekend

    Each June. Weekend filled with opportunities for women to learn new outdoor skills including biking, archery, rifle shooting, kayaking, bird-banding, fly-fishing, camp cooking, and more.
  • Wykoff Run Natural Area

    1,215 acre state forest natural area in the Elk State Forest with 4.8 mile hiking loop, Quehanna cross-country ski trail and two stunning waterfalls along Wykoff Run Road.

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