Named for a regiment of rangers in the Civil War era - and today, known as Route 120, this designated Scenic Byway stretches 100 miles through the Sproul and Elk State Forests from the artsy college town of Lock Haven to Renovo (fuel up for gas here, Renovo is the last stop for many miles!) with beautiful views along the West Branch Susquehanna, on to the charming and historic town of Ridgway via Emporium and St. Marys.
Located in St. Marys, PA, Straub Brewery is one of the oldest and most historic breweries in the United States, and is still owned and operated by its founding family, now into its sixth and seventh generations. Fodor’s Travel named Straub Brewery one of the “5 Best Places in America to Drink American Beer.”
Disconnect from devices, and connect with wildlife at the state-of-the-art Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, which includes kid friendly exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, a life-size replica of a Bald Eagle nest, and sprawling views surrounding. Learn about green building design too – the Center is LEED Certified.
The largest in the state forest system, Sproul covers 305,450 acres, or slightly more than 476 square miles.
Explore the outdoors and take in the views! Hyner Run State Park carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a natural haven for outdoor adventures. The park is entirely surrounded by Pennsylvania’s largest state forest, Sproul State Forest. Nearby Hyner View State Park offers one of the most popular scenic vistas in the entire Pennsylvania Wilds, attracting many for the spectacular view alone.
Did you know? Piper Aircraft were PA Wilds Made! At one point in history, Piper Aircraft Corporation was the world’s leading producer of general aviation aircraft. Originally located in Bradford (McKean County) the Piper Aircraft Corporation was moved to Lock Haven (Clinton County) in 1937. The company was well known for it's "Cub" aircraft, and a series bearing Indian names such as Aztec, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo, and Pawnee. The factory was closed in 1984. Piper Aircraft Corporation grew to become the world’s leading producer of general aviation aircraft.
Seven state parks are within reach of the Bucktail Scenic Byway with access to hundreds of miles of remote hiking trails and many other outdoor recreational activities. This road trip is beautiful in any season, but when the foliage is out, your journey will be awash in spectacular colors. Use the Bucktail Scenic Byway to explore the Dark Skies and Elk Country Landscapes, or hook up with the Elk Scenic Drive at Renovo.
In the area
Bucktail State Park
Bucktail State Park Natural Area provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo, to Lock Haven. It stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been call...
260 Sizerville Road
Emporium PA 15834
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. There is an abundance of wildlif...
97 Kettle Creek Park Lane
Renovo PA 17764-9708
Sinnemahoning State Park
Surrounded by Elk State Forest, Sinnemahoning is on the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek and has picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and deep valleys. There is an abundance of wildlife...
4843 Park Road
Austin PA 16720
Sizerville State Park
The 386-acre Sizerville State Park is nearly surrounded by Elk State Forest and is near the largest blocks of state forest in the state. Sizerville has many interesting recreational and natural opport...
199 E Cowley Run Road
Emporium PA 15834
Sproul State Forest
Sproul State Forest is located in north-central Pennsylvania, primarily in western Clinton and northern Centre counties. The largest in the state forest system, Sproul covers 305,450 acres, or slightl...
Tiadaghton State Forest
Tiadaghton State Forest is comprised of 146,539 acres mostly in Lycoming County. Other tracts extend into Tioga, Potter, Clinton, and Union counties. Tiadaghton's forest features high-country flats bi...
Wild Air Yoga
Wild Air Yoga is a small locally owned yoga studio nestled in the heart of the Pa Wilds, in Cameron County. At Wild Air yoga we strive to bring the healing factors of yoga and the great outdoors toget...
107 Cherry St. Suite 2
Emporium Pa 15834
Kettle Creek State Park
Do not rely on MapQuest or similar programs for directions - they may direct you to dirt or unmaintained roads - use a paper map or call for directions. Cell and texting is available to those who have Verizon and the newer model phones. WiFi is not available. The nearest gas station is 15 miles away and may have limited hours - fuel up in advance. Firewood is not available for sale on site. Bring all necessary supplies for camping or activities - the nearest grocery store and Dollar General is 15 miles and may have limited hours. Campsites should be reserved in advance for holiday weekends, first weekend of trout season and Flaming Foliage weekend in October. Activities: Biking, Camping, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Pavilion, Picnicking, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities