Renovo, Pennsylvania

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Renovo, Pennsylvania
14th Street in Renovo, looking south during the Flaming Foliage Festival Parade
14th Street in Renovo, looking south during the Flaming Foliage Festival Parade
Renovo, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Renovo, Pennsylvania
Renovo, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°19′43″N 77°44′54″W / 41.32861°N 77.74833°W / 41.32861; -77.74833Coordinates: 41°19′43″N 77°44′54″W / 41.32861°N 77.74833°W / 41.32861; -77.74833
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Clinton
Settled 1825
Incorporated (borough) 1860
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,318
 • Density 1,136.0/sq mi (438.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
Zip code 17764
Area code(s) 570

Renovo is a borough in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Lock Haven. Deposits of bituminous coal and fire clay are in the region. In 1900, 4,082 people lived there, and in 1910, 4,621 lived there. In the 2000 census, the borough population was 1,318 and held steady for the 2010 census at 1,228.[1]

The borough is located along Pennsylvania's Bucktail State Park Natural Area, centered on Pennsylvania Route 120, which winds through the surrounding mountains following the West Branch Susquehanna River. The town is also the home of the "Flaming Foliage Festival" held each October, generally in the second weekend, that celebrates the glorious fall colors of the area's mountains. The festival includes a parade, a queen is chosen (usually from one of the nearby high schools) and crowned. The festival serves as a 'homecoming' event for former residents of Renovo, many of whom return annually for the event. Various venders from the surrounding areas sell food, clothing, and an infinite array of novelties, memorabilia, and souvenirs.


Renovo is located at 41°19′43″N 77°44′54″W / 41.32861°N 77.74833°W / 41.32861; -77.74833 (41.327669, -77.749580).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.

The West Branch of the Susquehanna River cuts through Renovo and South Renovo.[3] Photo Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli.

Airports and Distances from Renovo

Bradford Regional Airport - 1 hour and 57 minutes (83.3 miles)

DuBois Airport - 1 hour and 39 minutes (89.2 miles)

Harrisburg International Airport - 2 hours and 37 minutes (145.8 miles)

Johnstown Airport - 2 hours and 24 minutes (135.0 miles)

State College Airport - 1 hour 14 minutes (57.0 miles)

Williamsport Regional Airport - 1 hour 9 minutes (59.4 miles)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,940
1880 3,708 91.1%
1890 4,154 12.0%
1900 4,082 −1.7%
1910 4,621 13.2%
1920 5,877 27.2%
1930 3,947 −32.8%
1940 3,784 −4.1%
1950 3,751 −0.9%
1960 3,316 −11.6%
1970 2,620 −21.0%
1980 1,812 −30.8%
1990 1,526 −15.8%
2000 1,318 −13.6%
2010 1,228 −6.8%
Est. 2012 1,231 0.2%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,318 people, 593 households, and 333 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,136.0 people per square mile (438.7/km²). There were 727 housing units at an average density of 626.6 per square mile (242.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.94% White, 0.23% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 593 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.7% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $18,636, and the median income for a family was $23,854. Males had a median income of $26,328 versus $16,429 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $11,709. About 25.7% of families and 30.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.8% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

Renovo is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds which comprises twelve and a half counties (Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and part of Centre) located in North Central Pennsylvania. This landscape contains over two million acres of remote, mountainous, and pristine lands located on state forest lands, state game lands, state park lands and public grounds that offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Wilds has within; twenty-nine state parks (link), eight state forests, and fifty state game lands. It also contains the Allegheny National Forest (802 sq. miles), abundant wildlife, several natural/wild areas, thousands of miles of hiking trails, fishing streams and home of the largest creek in the United States - Pine Creek. This region also contains the largest elk herd in the northeast, stretching as far west as Ridgway and as far east as Renovo.[7]

Below is a compiled list of recreational opportunities within an hours drive of Renovo

Cherry Springs State Park (1 hr., 41 mi.) is a 82-acre state park named after the cherry trees and is popular to amateur stargazers and astronomers. It is said that this area of PA contains some of the darkest night skies in the east. Also, there is an 85 mile DCNR maintained state forest trail known as the STS that passes through this region. In addition, there is a one mile hiking trail, camping areas and this park is home of the Woodsman's Show which is a lumberjack contest.[7]

Little Pine State Park (47 min., 28.8 mi.) consists of 2,158-acres of beautiful mountain sections of the Tiadaghton State Forest located in the Wilds. The main reasoning for this park to be such an attraction is the nesting of the bald eagles, the campgrounds, Little Pine Lake, and the hiking trails. Here at the park you can picnic at two separate places, either the main picnic area or the lower picnic area just half a mile south of the campground. Although picnic pavilions are free to use on a first come, first serve basis, if you would like to reserve a pavilion in advance to your event then it may cost a slight fee. But you can only reserve a pavilion for eleven months. Also in the park you can boat, with electric motors only, hunt or just use the firing range, eight different trails for hiking (Button Ball trail, Carsontown trail, Lake Shore trail, Panther Run trail, Love Run trail, Spikebuck Hollow, Mid State, and Pine Creek Rail trail), and camping. While camping there are flush toilets, warm showers, and many electrical hookups. Now I know you do most of these activities during the spring, summer, and fall, but Little Pine State Park even has some winter activities available. They include cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and ice fishing on Little Pine Lake. But be careful because the ice thickness of the lake is not monitored so make sure the ice is at least four inches thick before walking upon it.[8]

The Lake view of Little Pine State Park

Kettle Creek State Park (24 min., 15.7 mi.) is a 1,793-acre Pennsylvania state park. It was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. The activities that are here are fishing, boating, picnicking, a shooting range, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and camping. There are winter activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, and cross country skiing.

Ole Bull State Park (42 min., 27 mi.) is a 132-acre Pennsylvania state park along the Kettle Creek Valley in Potter County, Pennsylvania. This area is known as the Black Forest because of the once dense trees covering it, mountainous terrain, and wilderness habitat. Ole Bull State Park is named for Ole Bornemann Bull, the famous Norwegian violinist who toured the United States in the 1850s. It is approximately 27 miles away from the center of Renovo. There are 3 main hiking trails in the state park of Ole Bull. They are: The Daugherty Loop Trail is approximately a one hour walk through the Black Forest of Pennsylvania, that’s made up of old logging and railroad grades. Ole Bull Trail leads to the historic foundation remains of Ole Bull's "home site" and a panoramic view of the park area. The Beaver Dam Trail (.75 mi) provides an introduction to the habitats along Kettle Creek. Combined there is about 2 miles of hiking trails in addition to the STS passing through this park. This is an exceptional state park with lots of recreation activities whether you are a tent camper or RV camper.[9]

Benezette Benezette, located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, has endless recreational opportunities. These activities include hiking, biking, and camping. Benezette is known for its eye-catching view of Pennsylvania’s elk herd. The largest elk herd roams east of the Mississippi River. Benezette is located about 45 miles from Renovo, and is about an hour and a half drive. Benezette also sits along the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127-mile excursion through some of the PA Wilds’ most rugged and beautiful country with many stops along the way for wildlife viewing.

The Susquehannock Trail (STS) is a remote 85 mi. loop trail that passes through some of the most remote regions of north central PA, this trail climbs/descents some of the steepest hollows such as: Morgan Hollow & Cardiac Climb. The STS is maintained by the PA DCNR and begins (but can be accesses or started at various points) at Denton Hill State Park, Lyman Run State Park, Cherry Springs State Park, Ole Bull State Park, Cross Fork, PA, Hammersley Wild Area, Prouty Place State Park, Patterson State Park.[10]

Hyner View State Park is 12.06 miles and about 24 minutes from Renovo. At Hyner view you can watch hang gliders or if you want you can go hang gliding in the late spring and summer. In fall it is one of the most spectacular sites you will ever see. Now if you dare to go up the mountain in the winter it is a nice site to see every thing around you is covered in snow but all together Hyner view is a nice ride up and a good place to have a picnic and look at the view. There are even some geocaches hidden up there. There are even trails you can hike up the mountain. [11]

Hyner Run State Park is 9.06 miles and about 16 minutes from Renovo. The park has some nice trails to take a hike with the family. One of the trails the goes through Hyner run is the Donut Hole trail. The DHT is 90 miles long, the trail is one of the state maintained hiking trails. If you don’t want to go hiking it is a nice drive through the park. The park is within pines and has nice pool to take a dip in on a hot summer day. [12]

Elk State Forest is 40.2 miles, which is 1 hour and 14 minutes from Renovo. Elk State Forest derives its name from the great numbers of elk that once thrived in the area. It comprises over 200,000 acres of northern hardwood forest. Elk State Forest is a Pennsylvania State Forest in Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry District #13. There are two main trails that run threw Elk State Forest. The first trail is the Bucktail path, which is approximately 24 miles long. The second trail is the Quehanna Trail and it is approximately 75 miles long. [13]


In 2011, Immix Wireless rolled out 2.75G (EDGE) wireless GSM services in Renovo. Immix was the first to roll out a cellular service in Renovo. Before this roll-out, only wired internet and phone services were available in Renovo through Comcast and Verizon Communications.

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