(pop. 67) is a borough in southern Cameron County (pop. 5,084) at the intersection of PA-120 (Bucktail Trail) and PA-555 and the confluence of the Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning and the Bennetts Branch Sinnemahoning. It is nestled in the deep valleys of the West Branch Susquehanna watershed, and is miles from anything. Lacking a gas station or most daily necessities, the small county seat of Emporium (20 twisty miles away) provides most functions for the few hardy residents.
Driftwood was incorporated in 1872 along the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad during its days as a wild lumber boomtown. Loggers cleared the steep hillsides and floated the logs down the Sinnemahoning to he ghost town of Keating... where they were floated down the West Branch Susquehanna to Lumbertown (today's Williamsport). When the local lumber supply was exhausted, Driftwood declined rapidly. Its three hotels and much of the fabric of the town have disappeared over the years... and it's almost a ghost town these days. A general store and a bar/restaurant still remain... and a few residents live alongside seasonal visitors. The area is popular for rugged hikes, canoing, fishing and hunting.
Silent movie star cowboy Tom Mix was born nearby in Mix Run... as if it could get even more remote than Driftwood.
The village of Castle Garden, just west of Driftwood.
Bennetts Branch Sinnemahoning
Downtown Driftwood hosts the Bucktail Monument
The Bucktails were a colorful group of Union soldiers from remote north-central Pennsylvania. They fought valiantly in several campaigns during the American Civil War and were renowned for their marksmanship and distinctive bucktail caps.
entering Elk State Forest
Ridge Road is a dirt road that runs 25 miles or so through the wilderness of Cameron and Potter counties. It offers many vistas.
descending Bailey Run Rd... a house in Potter County
along the lonely PA-872 in eastern Cameron County is Sinnemahoning State Park... a popular site for bald eagle viewing
The George B. Stevenson Dam
The unincorporated village of Sinnemahoning is 4 miles east of Driftwood, and straddles the border of Grove Township (pop. 183) and Gibson Township (pop. 164).
stately old upright-and-wing converted into a hunting camp by people from Lancaster
Kettle Creek State Park is located in northwestern Clinton County... and is just about the most remote, unpopulated spot in Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful spot... but plagued with the most aggressive, painful flies I've ever experienced. This is the Alvin Bush dam: