About This Place
Smethport is a borough in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States. The current mayor is Ross Porter. The population was 1,684 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of McKean County.
The U.S. Route 6 borough of Smethport is in the midst of a community-wide renaissance based on a renewed awareness of its history, translating that history to define and build its future.
Since the earliest days Smethport has been considered a topographic crown jewel of the Pennsylvania Wilds region. The moment the traveler enters Smethport they feel the hills wrap around them and from any direction they know that they have discovered a special place. A short drive from the Allegheny National Forest and Kinzua Bridge State Park, Smethport is about two hours from Erie and Buffalo and five hours from Philadelphia and New York City. The Smethport area is teaming with natural game, wildlife, and outdoor recreational opportunities. With its many festivals and events residents enjoy an active community and cultural life. The 1,700 residents have been bustling with renewed focus and interest as the Borough embraces opportunities and grass roots initiatives for economic and tourism development.