Bucktail Trail (Route 120) - Lumber Heritage Region

Bucktail Trail (Route 120)

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When the need to escape the hustle and bustle of suburban life and expressways hits, it might be time to strike out on an adventure into the Lumber Heritage Region, which is not so far from Williamsport, State College, and Punxsutawney but seems worlds away upon arrival. The Bucktail Trail, named for The Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment of Civil War rangers, follows Route 120 between Ridgway and Lock Haven, loosely paralleling Interstate 80 to the south.

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Stop #1

Piper Aviation Museum

Piper Aviation Museum is a 501(C)3 Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Piper Aircraft and General Aviation. Piper's J-3 Club, a single-engine, high-wing, two-seater, was the first inexpensive training aircraft produced in large numbers. Many former military examples were sold to civilian owners over the 1950-1995 period and seem certain to see many more years in recreational use.

Located at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven. Learn some aviation history and the story of the Piper Cubs "the planes that taught America how to fly" at this museum dedicated to the dream and vision of William T. Piper. Known as the "Henry Ford of Aviation" of small aircraft, because Piper manufactured more planes than anyone in the world at that time. Witness the beauty and science of flight and take a journey through time with the Piper Aviation Museum.

Stop #2

Hyner View State Park

This park features one of the nicest overlooks in the state parks and is popular for hang gliding, featuring a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

This small park features one of the nicest overlooks in DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks and is popular for hang gliding. Hyner Run State Park is nearby.
Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista and is a favorite spot for hang gliding. You can see vast distances both upstream and downstream over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains. Hyner Vista is a favorite for hang glider enthusiasts and attracts many devotees who take advantage of the spectacular views while enjoying the thrill of the ride!

Stop #3

Greater Renovo Heritage Park

The Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park Association was created with the purpose of uniting, preserving, and promoting the history, heritage, and community pride of the Greater Renovo Area. The heritage park center has become the focal point of the area's ethnic, industrial, and commercial past. The park will illustrate how the past is tied to our present. The coal tipple that greets visitors who enter the western end of Renovo and serves as the town’s most visual reminder to its rich railroad past.

Stop #4

George B. Stevenson Reservoir

Nestled in the mountain of Cameron County this lake provides a great opportunity for anglers and wildlife watcher alike. No Gasoline motors.

The park is 13 miles north of the intersection of PA 120 and PA 872 (outside of the village of Sinnemahoning). 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 Lumber Heritage Region.

Stop #5

Bucktail Monument

Located in the center of the square in Driftwood on Route 555 is a memorial to the Bucktail Regiment who answered President Lincoln’s call for volunteers during the Civil War. This monument pays tribute to the soldiers of the 42nd Infantry who fought in the Civil War, known as the Bucktails.

Less than a mile off Route 120 on Route 555 this monument pays tribute to the soldiers of the 42nd Infantry, known as the Bucktails, who fought in the Civil War. The Pennsylvania Bucktails were approximately 700 men from the counties of Elk, McKean, Tioga, and Cameron divided into seven companies. The men became known as the bucktails because each was given the tail of a buck which was tied to the soldier's cap.

Stop #6

Cameron County Little Museum

The Cameron County Historical Society has served the County since 1921. Today they own and manage the Little Museum in Sterling Run, PA and the Cameron County History Center in Emporium. One of PA’s top 10 seasonal museums. More than 15,000 items including tools and photos from lumbering and dynamite industries, personal effects from Tom Mix and General Joseph McNarney. Museum Hours Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-4

Located in a Depression-era schoolhouse, one of only two of its style to still exist, the museum sits a few miles outside of the tiny county seat of Emporium, along Route 120 that runs through some of the state’s most inaccessible wilderness areas. From the outside, it’s the kind of place you would drive by without even thinking twice. However, to do so would be a major mistake for anyone who appreciates history.

Stop #7

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center

More than 65 artists sell their wares inside this artisan center found along the PA Wilds Artisan Trail. Schwinn bike rental now available for half day, full day or full weekend rides. An array of bike repair equipment and other bike accessories also available.

One stop shopping in Cameron County. Whether you are looking for information on upcoming events or places to visit or want to see hand crafted artwork this is your kind of place! More than 70 artists sell their wares from pottery, to stone lamps, paintings to sugar scrubs, deer antler buttons to books, jewelry to cherry furniture it can all be found at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.

Stop #8

Straub Brewery

Enjoy one of the oldest brewery in the country. Take in the flavor of the 100% natural brewing ingredients. Free tours, gift shop and samples from the Eternal Tap.

Flowing since 1872, The Eternal Tap is known the world over, for decanting an ever growing line up of handcrafted beers!
Often referred to as Pennsylvania’s fountain of youth it has been a tradition of Straub Brewery since our founding days to offer our visitors a couple beers on the house!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1 tour at 10:30 am
Thursday & Fridays: 1 tour at 10:30 am & 1 tour at 12:30 pm
Saturdays: Tours by appointment only.
Call (814) 834-2875 ext. 100

Stop #9

Elk County Historical Society & Robinson Museum

The Elk County Historical Society's Robinson Museum houses thousands of artifacts from Victorian clothing to an expansive archive of photographs and documents spanning the county's nearly two-hundred year history. The museum also has items for sale such as books relating to the history of Elk County.