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State Parks and Forests

Clinton County State Parks and Forest

It’s easy to “go green” in Clinton County, home to several state parks and portions of six state forests.

What makes Clinton County an important part of the Pennsylvania Wilds Region is the parts of six state forests it contains. State forest visitors can find a whole host of recreational activities on Pennsylvania's 2.2 million-acre state forest system. Some of the most common activities include scenic driving, hunting, camping, hiking and nature watching. Others include hang gliding, and kayaking.

State Parks

The primary purpose of Pennsylvania State Parks is to provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation. Clinton County has a selection of state parks to help you find just what you are looking for to enjoy the outdoors of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Hyner Run State Park
86 Hyner Park Road
Hyner, PA 17738

Hyner Run State Park

The stream Hyner Run carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a cozy, quiet place for a family adventure. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest, Pennsylvania's largest state forest. Hyner View State Park is nearby.

Hyner View State Park
c/o Hyner Run State Park

Hyner View State Park

This small park features one of the nicest overlooks in the Pennsylvania Buru of State Parks and is popular for hang gliding. Hyner Run State Park is nearby. Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and at 1,300’, is a favorite spot for hang gliding. This is one of the nicest scenic vistas in Pennsylvania state parks. You can see miles upstream and downstream over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains.

Kettle Creek State Park
97 Kettle Creek Park Lane
Renovo, PA 17764

Kettle Creek State Park

Consisting of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness. The park has two camping areas open from early April through deer season in December. Both campgrounds overlook the waterfront and offer scenic views and a quiet setting. The 167-acre Kettle Creek Reservoir is noted for its trout and bass fishing. Also found in the lake are brown bullhead, sucker and pan fish. The Lower Campground is beside the seven-acre Kettle Creek Lake, a very popular fishing area. Kettle Creek is noted for its excellent water quality that supports a healthy aquatic population.

Ravensburg State Park
SR 880 (between Rauchtown and Carroll)
Jersey Shore, PA 17740

Ravensburg State Park

The park lies in a cozy, steep-walled gorge carved by Rauchtown Run through the side of Nippenose Mountain. A northern hardwood forest blankets the bottom-land along this spring-fed stream. Talus (rock) covered slopes and interesting rock formations are interspersed among a stunted oak forest growing on the steep mountainsides and ridges. This pretty valley is especially beautiful when the mountain laurel blooms in late June and during the fall foliage of early October. The 215,000-acre Tiadaghton State Forest nearly surrounds Ravensburg State Park’s 78 acres. The state forest has hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. A short drive away is Bald Eagle State Forest and the Mt. Logan and Rosecrans Bog natural areas.

Bald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park Road
Howard, PA 16841

Bald Eagle State Park

The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park is in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of north central Pennsylvania. The 1,730-acre lake laps the flanks Bald Eagle Mountain, surrounded by forests, fields and wetlands. With two campgrounds, boating, fishing, swimming and diverse habitats that are excellent for wildlife watching, Bald Eagle State Park is a great destination in the heart of Pennsylvania.

Little Pine State Park
4205 Little Pine Creek Road
Waterville, PA 17776

Little Pine State Park

The 2,158-acre Little Pine State Park is in a beautiful mountain section of Tiadaghton State Forest in PA Wilds. The 94-acre Little Pine Lake, hiking trails and the campground are prime attractions to the park.

Ole Bull State Park
31 Valhalla Lane (off SR 144)
Cross Fork, PA 17729

Ole Bull State Park

Consists of 132 acres along the Kettle Creek Valley in Potter County. This area is called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover, mountainous terrain and wilderness habitat.

Bucktail State Park Natural Area
State Route 120 (Lock Haven to Emporium

Bucktail State Park Natural Area

Provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Lock Haven through Renovo, to Emporium. It stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been called the Bucktail Trail, named after the famous American Civil War regiment of Woodsmen, the Bucktails or Bucktail Rangers. This is the old Sinnemahoning Trail used by American Indians 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 forested land with an occasional small village or isolated farm.
This beautiful area has also been called the Bucktail Canyon because of the steep mountains that form beautiful forested walls along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek.

State Forests

Sproul District Office
15187 Renovo Road
Renovo, PA 17764
(570) 923-6011
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Sproul State Forest

Was named in memory of William C. Sproul Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923. Governor Sproul was best known for expansion of the public education system in Pennsylvania. 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 slightly more than 476 square miles. It features steep and rugged hillsides cut by the West Branch of the Susquehanna and its tributaries.

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Bald Eagle District Office
18865 Old Turnpike Road
Millmont, PA 17845
(570) 922-3344
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Bald Eagle State Forest

Named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 193,424 acres in Snyder, Union, Centre, Mifflin, and Clinton counties. It spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles pristine mountain streams and numerous tracts of old growth forest. Bald Eagle forest district lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the state, the forest district is dominated by a series of sandstone ridges some of which reach heights of 2,300 feet above sea level.

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Tiadaghton District Office
10 Lower Pine Bottom Road
Waterville, PA 17776
(570) 753-5409
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Tiadaghton State Forest

Is comprised of 215,500 acres mostly in Lycoming County. Other tracts extend into Tioga, Sullivan, Potter, Clinton, and Union counties. The Tiadaghton forest features high-country flats bisected by clean, fast-moving mountain streams, including the legendary Pine Creek and Slate Run. Tiadaghton (pronounced: ty-a-dot-un) was the name the Iroquois gave to Pine Creek, the largest tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The exact meaning of Tiadaghton is a mystery that may be locked forever in the folklore of the Iroquois Indians.

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Susquehannock District Office
P.O. Box 673
Coudersport, PA 16915
(814) 274-3600
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Susquehannock State Forest

This forest obtained its name from the Susquehannock tribe that once inhabited the region. It comprises 265,000 acres in Potter, Clinton and McKean counties. The forest grows some of the most productive stands of black cherry trees in the world. In 1901 the first tract of what was to become the Susquehannock State Forest was purchased. The original forest was cut over from the late 1800's through the 1920's. During the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established ten camps on the forest.

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