Out & About
Out & About
If you love the outdoors you will love Clinton County’s wide open spaces. Whether you are looking to test your body with extreme trail challenges, see wild elk, hunt, fish, or try your hand at power sports including ATVs, snow machines, dirt bikes, and power boats – it is all right here. Looking for something more relaxing? Take in the view from our breathtaking vistas or plan a leisurely sightseeing drive through our Amish and rural farming country. Clinton County has the best that Pennsylvania offers – all in one place. Your experience here is entirely up to you.
Searching for a good spot to hunt? Public lands make up the bulk of our land area, and we offer some of the most remote cabin sites in the state. Each year, Clinton County is in the top tier of counties for bear harvests, either by count or by size. Local forests are abundant with turkey, whitetail deer, coyote, and small game. There are more than 1,500 privately-owned camps. In addition, the state leases some 500 camps and cabins.
Hear the sounds of a bull elk bugling near Kettle Creek State Park. Wild elk are expanding their range into the northern portions of Clinton County. Reintroduced to Pennsylvania in 1913, the elk herd now numbers well over 1,000 animals, attracting tourists to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals.
Nearly 900 square miles of Clinton County are waiting to be explored. Hyner View State Park is a small park with enormous vistas, just east of Renovo. The overlook reveals an incredible sweep of the Susquehanna River nearly 1,300 feet below, and is a popular launching point for hang gliding enthusiasts. The park is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of Sproul State Forest – unspoiled land where anglers enjoy clear streams, home to native brook trout. There are four additional state parks to explore in the County – Bucktail, Hyner Run, Kettle Creek, and Ravensburg – with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, paddling, ATV and horseback riding, to name a few.
Summers in Clinton County are special, filled with woodland hikes, kayaking on the river, camping along a cool mountain stream, bike rides on back country roads, and toasting the setting sun as its last light slips over the horizon.
The rugged terrain of the County attracts national attention among extreme trail challenge lovers, four-wheeling and motorcycle enthusiasts. Thousands of trail runners make Clinton County an annual destination for the ultra-fit; our ATV trails are some of the best in the state; and dual sport and mototrial motorcyclists from beginners to professionals test their skills on hundreds of miles of what they call “bad road”. Runners, hikers, cyclists, and kayakers pit internal fortitude against boulder fields, steep ascents, snow covered trails, and waterways.
Situated in Western Clinton County and surrounded by mountainous terrain, the Park features two camping areas, fishing and boating, horseback riding, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as elk, eagles, deer and bear!
The 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park features two campgrounds, hiking trails & a 1,700-acre lake that is the focal point for boating, swimming and fishing. The Park’s forest, field and wetlands habitat make for excellent wildlife watching, including great views of nesting bald eagles. A great destination in the heart of Pennsylvania.
Hyner View State Park features one of the most beautiful overlooks with spectacular views of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains. A popular spot for hang gliders, you can explore the area on foot, or bring a picnic lunch and relax and take it all in.
Clinton County offers outdoor fun in all four seasons – from watersports to ice fishing, to hiking and sightseeing – and there’s so much more. The community’s rich history is on display at the Heisey House Museum, home of the Clinton County Historical Society. Other cultural attractions include the Millbrook Playhouse, central Pennsylvania’s oldest summer stock theatre. The rustic, former barn-turned-theatre features two stages. The Station Gallery, housed in a renovated train station in Lock Haven, has new exhibits each month featuring local and regional artists.
Music is in the air as summer takes center stage – literally. The City of Lock Haven sponsors free public concerts on a floating stage. Spectators take in shows from the river bank at J. Doyle Corman Amphitheater, and many others from their boats on the river. More live music takes center stage in the downtown business district on Friday nights all summer long. The West Branch of the Susquehanna also hosts a Riverfest celebration in July, and a Labor Day power boat regatta – the largest in the U.S. – at the end of the season.
The Amish Community
The Amish Community
Clinton County is home to a large and growing population of Amish. A strong sense of community and deep religious beliefs define the Amish, who are one of the fastest growing population groups, showing over 33% growth in Pennsylvania over the past decade and over 37% nationwide.
People enjoy seeing the homesteads and family farms of the many Amish communities who live in Clinton County, pursuing a self-sustaining lifestyle. A drive along our country roads is more than scenic – you’ll likely encounter horse-drawn Amish buggies and wagons. Straw-hatted farmers are a common sight, out tilling fields with a horse-drawn plow and clothes lines strung with freshly washed clothes.