This drive follows Bucktail Trail Highway for 73.5 miles, closely paralleling the West Branch Susquehanna River and its headwaters through an impressive, mostly forested canyon, designated a state natural area. From Lock Haven, the journey is upstream; side canyons extend the discovery with forest, reservoir, and vista attractions. For contemporary travelers, the tour is not so much about getting from one point to another as simply to marvel in the passing.
Bucktail State Park Natural Area spans from rim top to rim top, enfolding the valley between Emporium and Lock Haven. Private holdings intersperse the public lands of Elk and Sproul state forests. Each twist of the waterway brings new discovery. Special attractions: Bucktail, Sinnemahoning, Kettle Creek, Hyner Run, and Hyner View state parks; spectacular river and canyon views; hang gliders and bald eagles; small museums; fall foliage; contenders for the “Great Pumpkin”; hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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