Pennsylvania Route 120
Highways in Pennsylvania with PA 120 in red.
|Maintained by PennDOT|
|Length:||106 mi (171 km)|
|Existed:||1926 (as US 120) – present|
|West end:||US 219/PA 948 in Ridgway|
|PA 144 in Renovo|
|East end:||US 220 in Lock Haven|
Bucktail State Park Natural Area 
In much of Cameron and Clinton counties, PA 120 is a Pennsylvania Scenic Byway designated the Bucktail State Park Natural Area. Bucktail State Park Natural Area runs 75 miles (121 km) from Emporium to Lock Haven, and is named for the Pennsylvania Bucktail Regiment, who came from the area during the American Civil War. PA 120 and the park run along Sinnemahoning Creek and the West Branch Susquehanna River and also pass through Renovo (in Clinton County).
Bucktail State Park Natural Area was established by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1933. It includes 21,039 acres (85.14 km2), of which 9,239 acres (37.39 km2) are in Cameron County and 11,800 acres (47.75 km2) in Clinton County. While much of the land is state owned and part of the Elk and Sproul State Forests, there are also many tracts of privately owned land within the official boundaries of the park. The law establishing the park defined its boundaries as "all that area of land extending in length from the western city line of Lock Haven, in Clinton County, to the eastern borough line of Emporium, in The County of Cameron, and along the course of the western branch of the Susquehanna River, and its tributary, Sinnemahoning Creek, in Clinton and Cameron counties, an estimated distance of 75 miles, and in width from mountain rim to mountain rim across the valley." The park is primarily dedicated to wildlife viewing, especially elk.
Pennsylvania Route 120 follows an old Native American Trail, the Sinnemahoning Path. This trail was used by Native Americans to cross the eastern continental divide (specifically the Allegheny Front) between the Susquehanna River (which drains into the Chesapeake Bay) and the Allegheny River (which forms the Ohio River with the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh and eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River). American Pioneers also used the trail to make their way west and it was also known as the Bucktail Trail.
PA 120 was U.S. Route 120 until ca. 1967. US 120 was initially planned in 1926 as an Erie-Philadelphia route, but was truncated to Ridgway-Reading in 1927. The road east of Lock Haven became U.S. Route 220, U.S. Route 15 and U.S. Route 122 ca. 1935; this alignment is now roughly followed by US 220, Interstate 180, PA Route 147 and PA Route 61.
Major intersections 
||Castanea Township||0.0||0.0||US 220||Eastern terminus PA 120, Interchange|
|Lock Haven||0.7||1.1||PA 150||Intersection with eastbound PA 150 only|
|0.7||1.1||PA 150||Intersection with westbound PA 150 only|
|0.8||1.3||PA 664||Southern terminus of PA 664|
|Renovo||28.4||45.7||PA 144||Eastern end of concurrency with PA 144|
|29.9||48.1||PA 144||Western end of concurrency with PA 144|
||Grove Township||52.5||84.5||PA 872||Southern terminus of PA 872|
|Driftwood||56.3||90.6||PA 555||Eastern terminus of PA 555|
|Emporium||73.3||118.0||PA 155||Southern terminus of PA 155|
|Emporium||74.7||120.2||PA 46||Southern terminus of PA 46|
||St. Marys||93.4||150.3||PA 255||Northern end of concurrency with PA 255|
|93.6||150.6||PA 255||Southern end of concurrency with PA 255|
US 219 TRK
|Eastern end of concurrency with US 219 TRK|
US 219 TRK/US 219
|Western end of concurrency with US 219 TRK, western terminus of US 219 TRK, western termius of PA 120|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
See also 
- "Bucktail Trail". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- "Bucktail State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
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