Bucktail Path
“Southern Trailhead”

  • Turn Right out of Wapiti Woods onto SR 555 East.

  • Follow SR 555 along the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek and drive through the villages of Medix Run, Benezette, Grant, Dents Run and Hicks Run, for 20.5 miles.

  • Cross the Driftwood Branch (currently a one lane bridge and in process of being replaced) and make a series of sharp turns (right, left, cross the railroad tracks, left and right) for 0.2 miles coming to the intersection of SR 120 in the village of Driftwood.

  • The Bennett Branch meets the Driftwood Branch in Driftwood making the Sinnemahoning Creek.

  • Turn right onto SR 120 East. Go 3.0 miles to Sinnemahoning. As you enter into Sinnemahoning, you will pass the Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club on the left and start a gentle drop into the village. Turn left onto Grove Street (the post office will be on your right and a directional sign for Bucktail Path is at the start of the street).

  • Follow Grove St. for 0.3 miles, past a piped spring on the right side, to a trail sign and parking area on the right side at the end of the street (the street runs into a gated driveway at the end of Grove St.).


  • The Southern trailhead for Bucktail Path starts across Grove Run. You will need knee high rubber boots to cross this creek for most of the hiking season. Just leave them behind a tree for your return trip across the creek. During high water times you will need hip waders to get across (watch as the creek moves fast).


Scenic Drive – paved road

  • 30 - 40 min / 24.0 mile drive from cabin driveway to parking area
  • 34 mile linear trail
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • Elevation gain: Ascents and descents 400 to 1,000 feet

Elk State Forest Public Use Map available at:

Bureau of Forestry,
Elk State Forest
258 Sizerville Road
Emporium, PA 15834
814-486-3353


For trail map and detailed information visit:
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/hiking/bucktail.aspx