Sinnemahoning State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

Sinnemahoning State Park

is a protected 1,910-acre area traveling along both sides of First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek. Once a place where Native Americans hunted and fished, this park saw some of the most extensive industrial ravages anywhere in the United States. American logging companies took the trunks of old-growth trees and left the limbs and branches to dry on the hillsides, which caught fire and devastated the area. Today, floods that were previously caused by deforestation are held in check by the George B. Stevenson Dam, which creates a 145-acre reservoir. The area is covered with second-growth forests and undergrowth, encouraging an immense habitat for wildlife, including elusive elk and bald eagles. The neighboring towns of Sinnemahoning and Austin, PA, provide access to the park. 

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Spring 23-67 F
Summer 53-79 F
Fall 29-71 F
Winter 15-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Sinnemahoning State Park

In a location like Sinnemahoning State Park, where the park is surrounded by Pennsylvania’s Elk and Susquehannock State Forests, an RV is the perfect base camp for exploring the deep canyons and high, green-shouldered hills that beckon the hiker in every direction. It is easier to venture through the forests and along the creek beds with the knowledge that a comfortable home on wheels awaits your return. To take advantage of these comforting camp vehicles, visit RVshare to rent an RV near the park.

Sinnemahoning State Park Campground

Sinnemahoning State Park Campground sits 3 miles north of the park’s main office and provides 35 RV campsites ranging from primitive to modern. The campsites are 70 feet in length with back-in access. Each site is wide enough to accommodate both left- and right-side slide-outs. At the southern end of the park is a lake with a boat launch and an office that rents out boats, kayaks, and canoes. The park supports a children’s playground, guided walks, and an impressive interpretive center. Potable water is available inside the campground at a centrally located spigot. While the park is open year-round, the campground is available only from the second weekend in April to October 31 of each year.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No, but a dump station is on-site
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, lantern hooks, restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers
  • Fee: $26 to $29 per night

Austin Campground

Austin Campground offers 128 RV campsites. Some campsites are pull-through, but most are back-ins. When the park is not busy, the owners allow you to cruise the campground and to choose the one you want to use from those not reserved. The campground is not busy during the week but is usually full during the weekends. If you are contemplating a weekend visit, you may wish to reserve a spot from the campground’s website. A camp store sells fresh produce and other items. The campground uses a portable dump station that is available upon request. A creek runs behind the campground, providing a place where kids can cool off during the summer months.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other Amenities: Fire rings, picnic tables, trash service, warm showers, restrooms with flush toilets
  • Fee: $26 to $37 per night

Potter County Family Campground

Potter County Family Campground offers 50 RV campsites, all of which are back-ins. Each site is 40 feet wide, providing enough room for right-hand and left-hand slide-outs. The site lengths vary, with the minimum being 50 feet and the maximum measuring 75 feet. A campground patrol secures the area, and a camp store provides many of the perishable essentials you need for a fun visit. A hiking trail, a bicycling trail, and an ATV trail are available outside the campground, and a 40-foot by 50-foot playground provides plenty of room for kids to work out their energy. Another fun family activity offered by the park is a laser tag course.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other Amenities: Fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers
  • Fee: $20 to $28 per night

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Sinnemahoning State Park

Inside Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning State Park draws environmentalists, naturalists, geologists, and people who seek solace and fun. During the summer, visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in the reservoir and hiking and bicycling along the pathways beside the creek and into the state forests surrounding the park. Many day-use guests use the trails to cross-country ski or to ice-skate on the pond at the north end of the park, to icefish in the reservoir, or snowmobile along a specially designed path in frozen winter months. Sinnemahoning State Park is one of the few places where you see moose, bobcats, and bald eagles in a single natural habitat in the contiguous United States.

Outside Sinnemahoning State Park

There is much to do in the region surrounding Sinnemahoning State Park. Some restaurants change their menus daily to take advantage of fresh, locally grown products. Small shops that offer various locally produced items and historic sites that showcase the region’s high and low landmark points beckon to visitors.

Restaurants

Kaytee’s Family Restaurant

A great way to begin your day of exploration of the towns beyond Sinnemahoning State Park is to have breakfast at Kaytee’s Family Restaurant. Try one of the specialties like the mushroom Swiss omelet or sausage gravy over hot biscuits for something that will stay with you until lunch.

Type: American

Location: 251 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915

Pizza Palace Plus

Stop by Pizza Palace Plus for lunch, and find subs, hamburgers, stromboli, and, best of all, pizza. The Cajun chicken pizza is something unique for this region of the country.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 19 West 4th Street, Suite A, Emporium, PA 15834

Charlies Friendly Tavern

One of the best places in the area to have a family dinner is at Charlies Friendly Tavern. The dinners here are home-cooked with a different menu every day of the week, except on Sunday when the restaurant is closed. Try the Saturday menu that centers around a prime rib entrée.

Type: American

Location: 534 East Allegheny Avenue, Emporium, PA 15834

Shopping

Potter County Artisan Center

When it is time to find gifts for family and friends, stop by the Potter County Artisan Center. Here, you find items large and small created by local artists. Whether you are looking for beeswax candles, homemade soaps, or quilted towels, this is the place you find them.

Location: 227 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915

Kettle Creek Tackle Shop

Drop by Kettle Creek Tackle Shop when you are looking for fishing supplies. Here, you find the most complete selection of fly-fishing tools, lines, and flies, in the region. The shop offers expert advice about fishing techniques for lakes and rivers anywhere in the area.

Location: 17 Kettle Creek Tackle Lane, Hammersley Fork, PA 17764

Sightseeing

Austin Dam Memorial

Take the family to learn why the construction of dams became a government responsibility at the Austin Dam Memorial. When this privately constructed “dam that cannot break” broke, 78 people died. The memorial describes the incident and the resulting move to ban privately built dams.

Location: 5384 State Route 872 North, Austin, PA 16720

Kinzua Bridge State Park

After spending time inside a park hidden within the confines of a creek bed, stop by Kinzua Bridge State Park to see how these parks look from above. The bridge was partially destroyed in 2003 by a tornado and reinvented as a walkway in 2011. Looking down into the depths of a creek canyon from the platform's heights gives you a new perspective on the environment that these streams create as they grind through ancient rock.

Location: 1721 Lindholm Road, Mount Jewett, PA 16740

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How to Get to
Sinnemahoning State Park

To approach Sinnemahoning State Park from Austin, PA, head southwest on Pennsylvania Highway 872 (PA-872) for 17 miles. Turn left onto Sinnemahoning State Park Road. The park entrance is 0.3 miles ahead.

Entering Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning State Park is a day-use area that is open from dawn to dusk each day.

Entry fee : $0

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