Elk County

Elk County is home base for the largest elk herd in Northeastern United States. Numbering 900+, these amazing creatures roam free in the Benezette area where you’ll find the Elk Country Visitor Center. Recently opened, the state of the art facility offers lots of fun for kids and adults alike. With interactive exhibits inside and trails and viewing areas on the grounds, the ECVC is the place to be during September and October, prime elk viewing season.

If you’re looking for an adventure, Elk County is the southern gateway to the half million acres of the Allegheny National Forest with 300 species of wildlife and 171 miles of trails. Lumber barons built their mansions in Ridgway, where the chips fly at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in February. Visit St. Marys, home of the first Benedictine convent in the nation, where you can tour St. Joseph Monastery and join the nuns in prayer in the chapel. In the Johnsonburg/Wilcox area, sample fine Pennsylvania wines at an award-winning winery. Boat and fish East Branch Lake and take a family canoe outing on the nationally designated Wild & Scenic Clarion River.

 

 

Benezette, Pennsylvania

Benezette

The heart of Pennsylvania’s free roaming elk herd can be found in the small community of Benezette. Benezette is part of the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127 mile excursion through some of central Pennsylvania’s most rugged and beautiful country.

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Johnsonburg and Wilcox, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg / Wilcox

Nestled in the southeast corner of the Allegheny National Forest, visitors go Johnsonburg, or "Paper City USA", find that one of the most productive paper facilities in the world makes its home here.

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Ridgway, Pennsylvania

Ridgway

Founded in the late 1800s, buildings and homes still proudly display the grandeur of the Victorian Era. A stroll through the ‘Lily of the Valley’ National Register Historic District, lined with famed Hyde-Murphy woodwork filled mansions, gives visitors the sense of magnificent times gone by.

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St. Marys, Pennsylvania

St. Marys

Elk County’s largest community was founded in 1842 by a group of German Bavarian Catholics as a haven from religious persecution. Sanct Marien Stadt (St. Marys) is rich in history, tradition and heritage. The city of St. Marys is the second largest city by land area in Pennsylvania. At 99.3 square miles, only Philadelphia is larger at 135.1 square miles.

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