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Sinnemahoning State Park

We visited some place different last week. We departed Warren around 10:00 am on Friday (June 10), en route Sinnemahoning State Park.

According to the Pennsylvania DCNR website, Sinnemahoning State Park is “located near the center of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ scenic steep valleys region [and] encompasses 1,910 acres of beautiful scenery and outstanding wildlife habitat.  Situated in Cameron and Potter counties, the park is nestled between the green-shouldered ridges of Pennsylvania’s Elk State Forest and Susquehannock State Forest.  The park is long and narrow and includes lands on both sides of First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek — a major tributary to the Sinnemahoning Creek. At the southern end of the park, a 145-acre reservoir created by the George B. Stevenson dam provides excellent fishing and water recreation opportunities.  The abundance of wildlife within the park provides visitors with opportunities to view bald eagle, coyote, elk, and bobcat.  In addition, the park’s geographic location is excellent for visitors to explore the other treasures of the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Our first stop was at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center.

Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center
This map shows where we were.

We enjoyed the nature exhibits at the wildlife center.

There was a tunnel that passed by this exhibit.
Children would enjoy going through the tunnel!

We saw a sign for “Arch Tree” soon after leaving the Wildlife Center. This was our second stop.

Arch Tree? What could that be?
Follow the mowed path to the Arch Tree.
the Arch Tree

Our third stop was at the Sinnemahoning State Park boat launch on the George B. Stevenson reservoir. 

We helped an elderly woman at the boat launch.  She was at the boat launch
and couldn’t get out of her kayak.  
We helped the woman step out of the kayak.
Bob then helped pull the kayak out of the water and carried the kayak farther down the boat launch.

See the pontoon boat in the background? We hope to one day take a tour of the reservoir in that boat!

 Our fourth stop was at the George B Stevenson Dam and Spillway.  

George B. Stevenson Dam
George B. Stevenson Dam
George B. Stevenson reservoir,
as viewed from the dam
Opposite the dam is this view of First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.
We later walked to this creek.
George B. Stevenson Dam and Reservoir

We drove to an area below the dam.

George B. Stevenson Dam spillway. See the bridge?Across the bridge is from where the previous two photographs were taken.
As we wandered around the area below the dam, we came across a cemetery. After a few minutes of online research, I discovered that this is Smith Cemetery.
This is the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek. It lies below the George B Stevenson Dam. I shared a photograph earlier of this creek from the dam.

According to Wikipedia, the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek rises south of Coudersport and flows 33.4 miles south, joining Sinnemahoning Creek at Jericho. Freeman Run joins the First Fork at the community of Costello in Potter County. The East Fork joins 5.6 miles downstream at the community of Wharton in Potter County. The First Fork continues for 11.8 miles to the George B. Stevenson Dam. 

The First Fork continues for 8.2 miles to join Sinnemahoning Creek at the community of Sinnemahoning in Cameron County.

Our last stop, before heading to Benezette, was in Driftwood.  We ate a late lunch at the Driftwood Saloon & Grill. We sat on the deck and ate our lunch. I ordered a hot roast beef sandwich; Bob ordered a grouper sandwich. Both meals were delicious. 

We looked for elk in the Benezette area, but we didn’t see any.  i think we returned home around 6:00 pm.

What a wonderful day trip! I am sure we will visit Sinnemahoning State Park again one day.

5 Responses to “Sinnemahoning State Park”

  1. Betty

    I enjoy day trips. Your pictures are beautiful. The arch tree was a hoot! Helping the woman get out of the kayak reminded me of a time when people had to help me get out of a hammock. That’s the last time I laid in one! You inspire me to take a day trip – as soon as it cools off here!

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  2. Eileen Wise

    Hello,
    Pretty views of the park and reservoir. I like that arch tree. Looks like a great day trip! Take care, have a happy day!

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  3. Beatrice

    It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a day trip, so it was good to read about yours, Linda. We took a longer trip in May and will be away again in mid-July. Looks like the weather cooperated wonderfully for you and Bob. It was nice that he helped the woman tote the kayak as they can be unwiedly for one person even younger.

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  4. DeniseinVA

    I got excited when I saw where you went to. I remembered the wildlife center though unfortunately it wasn’t open when we were there. We drove through Benezette. This was years ago! It was pouring like the dickens but we still managed to see elk relatively close – actually in the parking lot of the center – and that was thrilling. Then we drove a ways down a small road with people’s homes on each side, and the elk were in every garden. So much fun! Your photos are great and has made me want to go back. Thanks Linda! I bet the lady was very grateful to you and Bob for the help. I kept thinking as I was reading this, there is no way I could get out of a kayak!

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