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District: 10
Address: 15187 Renovo Road
City, State Zip: Renovo, PA 17764
Contact Info: 570-923-6011
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Forest Description

Sproul State Forest is located in north-central Pennsylvania, primarily in western Clinton and northern Centre counties. The largest in the state forest system, Sproul covers 305,450 acres, or slightly more than 476 square miles. It features steep and rugged hillsides cut by the West Branch of the Susquehanna and its tributaries. This is one of eight state forests located in the PA Wilds region.

Wild and Natural Areas ( 13 )

  • Natural Area
    East Branch Swamp Natural Area
    East Branch Swamp Natural Area is located along Route 144, south of Renovo. Old growth eastern hemlock shading the headwaters of the East Branch of Big Run in a 186-acre mix of plant communities resulting from turn-of-the-century logging, fires and recent tornadoes.
  • Natural Area
    Bucktail State Park Natural Area
    This is a 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium to Lock Haven and contains views of some 16,433 acres in the Elk and Sproul state forests. All state owned land visible from PA Route 120 (rim to rim along the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek) was legislated “State Park” status in 1933 at a time when the Department of Forests and Waters did not have a state park system. The “Bucktail” is considered a memorial honoring the Civil War volunteers who traveled this route to do their part for the Union. In 1975 it was designated a state Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    Cranberry Swamp Natural Area
    Cranberry Swamp Natural Area is located in Clinton Co., south of Renovo. A 144-acre mountain bog along the Chuck Keiper Trail in the headwaters of Cranberry Run.
  • Natural Area
    Bucktail State Park Natural Area
    This is a 75-mile scenic drive from Emporium to Lock Haven and contains views of some 22,724 acres in the Elk and Sproul state forests. All state owned land visible from PA Route 120 (rim to rim along the Susquehanna River and Sinnemahoning Creek) was legislated “State Park” status in 1933 at a time when the Department of Forests and Waters did not have a state park system. The “Bucktail” is considered a memorial honoring the Civil War volunteers who traveled this route to do their part for the Union. In 1975 it was designated a state Natural Area.
  • Natural Area
    East Branch Swamp Natural Area
    East Branch Swamp Natural Area is located along Route 144, south of Renovo. Old growth eastern hemlock shading the headwaters of the East Branch of Big Run in a mix of plant communities resulting from turn-of-the-century logging, fires and recent tornadoes.
  • Wild Area
    Burns Run Wild Area
    Burns Run, an exceptional value stream, empties into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, supporting a naturally reproducing population of wild trout. The escarpment of Burns Run Wild Area is covered in a diverse forest of second growth hardwoods. There are individual and small groves of large white pine trees from the nineteenth century. Remnants of an old railroad grade used to haul timber during the logging boom of the late 1800’s are evident, but there are no roads in Burns Run.
  • Natural Area
    Tamarack Swamp Natural Area
    Tamarack Swamp is located northeast of the town of Tamarack, Clinton County. This tract supports eight wetland types including the tamarack and black spruce swamp for which it is named.
  • Natural Area
    Cranberry Swamp Natural Area
  • Wild Area
    Russell P. Letterman Wild Area
    This wild area encompasses steep mountains bordering Fish Dam Run, Clinton County. Fish Dam Run can be viewed from a vista along PA 144 south of State Camp. The Russell P. Letterman Wild Area joins the Bucktail Natural Area to the north and PA 144 on the south. This is a rugged and remote area that can only be explored on foot.
  • Natural Area
    Bucktail State Park Natural Area
  • Natural Area
    Tamarack Swamp Natural Area
    Tamarack Swamp is located northeast of the town of Tamarack, Clinton County. This 267-acre track supports eight wetland types including the tamarack and black spruce swamp for which it is named.
  • Natural Area
    Tamarack Swamp Natural Area
  • Wild Area
    Russell P. Letterman Wild Area
    This wild area encompasses 4,715 acres of steep mountains bordering Fish Dam Run, Clinton County. Fish Dam Run can be viewed from a vista along PA 144 south of State Camp. The Russell P. Letterman Wild Area joins the Bucktail Natural Area to the north and PA 144 on the south. This is a rugged and remote area that can only be explored on foot.

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