Sinnemahoning is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, with
elk herds, a pair of resident bald eagles, and an
exceptional wildlife center. Sin-ne-ma-hon-ing. If you say the word a few times, you don’t want to stop. It comes from a Native American word meaning “rocky lick,” which refers to the presence of a natural salt lick located near the mouth of Grove Creek, a tributary of the Sinnemahoning Creek.
Perhaps this salt lick and other natural salt deposits account for the continued presence of elk in the area around the park. Viewing elk and other wildlife is the primary attraction of this park and its campground, and people come from all over Pennsylvania and New York equipped with sighting scopes and binoculars to search for bobcats, pileated woodpeckers, blue herons, goldfinches, and other animals in addition to the elk. The park is surrounded by the Elk State Forest and has several areas designated for wildlife viewing.
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