10 Must-See Attractions in Cameron County

Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

Cameron County, founded in 1860, is home to many amazing attractions, both natural and man-made.

Stevenson Dam Overlook at Sinnemahoning State Park.
Stevenson Dam Overlook at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.

And as Pennsylvania’s least-populous county, it has certainly perfected the art of “social distancing”!

The author in one of the canyons formed by massive rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail.

From hiking trails and waterfalls to historic monuments and amazing ruins, here are 10 of the best things to see and do in Cameron County!

Trees growing up around one of the abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Trees growing up around one of the abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Cameron County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area.

1. Hike the Fred Woods Trail

The Fred Woods Trail in the Cameron County portion of the Elk State Forest is a 4.57 mile-long hike that takes you past two fantastic vistas, as well as one of Pennsylvania’s finest rock formations.

The author at Huckleberry Vista along the Fred Woods Trail.
The author at Huckleberry Vista along the Fred Woods Trail.

The rock city along the Fred Woods Trail would be a worthy hiking destination on its own merits, but here it’s just one of several sights to be seen along this ruggedly beautiful trail.

Hiking through the rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County
The author at the “rock city” along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County.

Water Plug Vista along the Fred Woods Trail offers an exceptional view of Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek and Route 555.

Water Plug Vista makes for a great rest stop along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County PA
Water Plug Vista makes for a great rest stop along the Fred Woods Trail in Cameron County.

2. Visit Bucktail Overlook

Bucktail Overlook, also locally known as Mason Hill or The Top of the World, is a roadside vista high above Driftwood, Cameron County, in the Elk State Forest.

Bucktail Overlook Elk Viewing Area in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
The author at Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

Bucktail Overlook is named in honor of the Bucktail Regiment, a volunteer infantry regiment composed of men from this region who fought bravely for the Union in the Civil War.

Bucktail Overlook informational sign.
Bucktail Overlook informational sign.

Bucktail Overlook is a fantastic spot to watch the morning fog burn off, and also to spot elk feasting in the food plot planted near the parking area.

Elk as dawn breaks over Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.
Dawn breaks over Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

3. Explore Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning State Park is a long, narrow park that includes lands on both sides of First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

Boating at Sinnemahoning State Park.
Boating at Sinnemahoning State Park.

The Sinnemahoning State Park office is a palatial structure reminiscent of a wilderness lodge.

The Sinnemahoning State Park office in Cameron County.
The Sinnemahoning State Park office in Cameron County.

Inside, you’ll find numerous educational exhibits, detailing the history and wildlife of the area.

Interpretive exhibits at the Sinnemahoning State Park office.
Interpretive exhibits at the Sinnemahoning State Park office.

Sinnemahoning State Park is an outstanding fall foliage destination.

Fall foliage around the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage around the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park.

And the 40 Maples Day Use Area is a beautiful spot for a streamside picnic.

Fall foliage at the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park.
Fall foliage at the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park.

4. Visit Wykoff Run Falls

Wykoff Run Falls is a popular roadside waterfall in Cameron County, located midway between the Quehanna Highway and the village of Sinnemahoning along Wykoff Run Road.

A fisherman at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County
Fishing at Wykoff Run Falls.

Wykoff Run Falls is not a large waterfall by any means – probably 6 feet tall max.

Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area
Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area

Even in the winter months, the roadside location of Wykoff Run Falls makes it readily accessible.

Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County PA
Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County, PA.

5. Explore the Abandoned Nuclear Jet Engine Testing Bunkers

The abandoned nuclear jet engine bunkers in the Cameron County portion of the Quehanna Wild Area offer a glimpse into the Cold War past of Pennsylvania.

Abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunker entrance.
One of the Cold War-era jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area.

The bunkers are a product of a secretive 1950s program that sought to develop nuclear-powered jet engines for the United States Air Force, so that fighter planes and bombers could stay airborne indefinitely, without refueling.

Narrow windows inside the abandoned Quehanna nuclear jet engine bunkers in Cameron County PA.
Narrow windows inside the abandoned Quehanna nuclear jet engine bunkers in Cameron County

The Curtiss-Wright Corporation, at the time the largest aircraft manufacturer in the United States, was awarded a contract to develop and test nuclear-powered jet engines.

Exterior view of the northern abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Exterior view of an abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunker in Cameron County.

They selected this remote parcel of land in Cameron County where the project could be worked on in relative secrecy, and without endangering a large population center should the project go awry.

Observation windows in the nuclear jet engine testing bunkers.
Observation windows in the nuclear jet engine testing bunkers.

But by 1960, the Air Force had cancelled the contract and the nuclear jet engine testing bunkers were literally abandoned, left to be slowly reabsorbed by the forest.

The southern Curtiss-Wright nuclear jet engine testing bunker in the Quehanna Wild Area.
The southern Curtiss-Wright nuclear jet engine testing bunker in the Quehanna Wild Area.

6. Visit the Tom Mix Historical Marker

Tom Mix was a Cameron County native and Hollywood’s first Western star.

Cameron County native Tom Mix, Hollywood's first Western star.
Cameron County native Tom Mix, Hollywood’s first Western star.

He was born January 6, 1880 in Mix Run, near present day Route 555.

Tom Mix plaque along Route 555 near Driftwood.
Tom Mix plaque along Route 555 near Driftwood.

Tom Mix helped define the Western genre in the early days of the cinema, and he reportedly made over $6 million (equivalent to $113 million in 2022) during his 26-year film career.

Tom Mix comic book cover.
Tom Mix comic book cover.

The Tom Mix roadside plaque is located along Route 555, between Driftwood and Hicks Run.

Map of popular elk viewing areas in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
Map of popular elk viewing areas in Cameron County

7. Explore the Ridge Road Vistas

 Ridge Road in Cameron County is the most scenic State Forest road in Pennsylvania!

Autumn views from Norcross Vista in Cameron County.
Autumn views from Norcross Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Featuring 6 world-class vistas along a 3 mile stretch of road, it’s like a mini-version of the famous Skyline Drive in Virginia.

Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.
Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Even the scenery in between the scenic overlooks in exceptional.

Ridge Road in the Cameron County portion of the Elk State Forest
Ridge Road in the Cameron County portion of the Elk State Forest.

While there are PLENTY of scenic State Forest roads in PA, I’ve yet to come across one that rivaled Ridge Road for the sheer number of vistas per mile.

Fall foliage views from Whitehead Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.
Fall foliage views from Whitehead Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

8. Visit the Elk Herd

Many of the best elk viewing areas in Pennsylvania are located in Cameron County.

Hick Run Wildlife Viewing Area sign along Route 555 in Cameron County.
Hick Run Wildlife Viewing Area sign along Route 555 in Cameron County.

Seeing these majestic creatures in the wild is an experience you just can’t get in any other region of the state.

A pair of bull elk at the Visitor Center in Elk County.
A pair of bull elk in the PA Wilds.

You’ll find directions to some of my favorite spots to observe the elk in Cameron County in my article The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in Pennsylvania.

Bull elk near the Visitor Center in Elk County.
October in PA elk country.

9. Visit the Bucktail Regiment Memorial

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.

Bucktail Regiment memorial in Driftwood, Pennsylvania.
Bucktail Regiment Memorial in Driftwood, Pennsylvania.

10. Experience the 100 Mile Yard Sale

The 100 Mile Yard Sale is PA’s longest yard sale, and it takes place every July in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, and Centre counties.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale is Pennsylvania's largest yard sale.
The 100 Mile Yard Sale passes through 4 counties, including Cameron County.

This event is to flea market fanatics and bargain hunters what the Super Bowl is to football fans – part spectacle, part competition, and tons of fun!

Elvis radio purchased at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central PA.
Elvis radio purchased at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central PA.

So there you have it – 10 of the best things to see and do in Cameron County, PA’s least populous county!

Scenic overlook along Ridge Road in the Square Timber Wild Area.
Scenic overlook along Ridge Road in the Square Timber Wild Area, Cameron County.

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