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.



  • Benezett Store & Restaurant

    Up-to-date elk sighting information. Groceries, camping needs, ATM, affordable sleeping rooms, camping & full menu restaurant. Fishing and hunting licenses. Open daily 6 am-9 pm.
  • Benezette Wines

    Come by and taste our great wines while visiting our wine shop in Benezette. We have a nice, quiet, covered deck with amazing scenery. There is something for everyone in our stocked gift shop.
  • Dent's Run Elk Viewing Area

    The Dent's Run Elk Viewing Area is the most popular site for elk viewing in the state. Many people come in September and October to hear the bulls bugle and watch them compete for dominance. Each fall, the PA Game Commission conducts presentations on elk natural history in the covered amphitheater. A handicap-accessible walkway leads to an...
  • Donnell's Gift Shop

    A delightful country store featuring arts and crafts designed and created in beautiful Bennett's Valley. Wildlife paintings on saws, custom finished pine furniture, wine jelly.
  • Elk Country Store

    Warm, friendly country store specializing in unique wildlife décor, clothing, jewelry, Christmas items, gifts, souvenirs, country accents, specialty foods, snacks and drinks.
  • Elk Country Visitor Center

    Premiere elk viewing and conservation education facility with 4D theater, interactive exhibits, live forest cams, horse-drawn wagon rides, gift shop and much more.

    The Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier elk watching and conservation education facility. The center is operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance whose mission is “To...
  • Elk Expo

    A fun weekend at the Elk Country Visitor Center featuring calling contests, national speakers, outdoor vendors, wagon rides, children's activities and food every August.
  • Elk Mountain Winery

    The area's funnest winery at the gateway to Elk Country. Stop and taste our outdoor named wines. Specialty gifts and wine lounge.
  • Elk Scenic Drive

    127-mile route through the region, with distinctive signage. Twenty-three viewing sites along the Elk Scenic Drive are being established to promote safe and easy visitation and distribute travelers across the region. The sites provide parking and alternatives to viewing elk and other wildlife along the area’s highways. Each site has been chosen...
  • Gilbert Farm Elk Viewing Area

    The town of Benezette is renowned statewide for its healthy, ecologically sustainable elk population. This viewing area is one of the most reliable elk viewing sites. From here, a panoramic western vista overlooks open fields, small patches of forest, and former underground and surface mining operations. You're also likely to see a number of...
  • Grant's Pass Antiques and Wrought Iron

    Our shop specializes in Wrought Iron artwork. Special orders, railings and gates made to order. Fabricated on premises. Plasmacam on site. We buy and sell antiques, gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and more.
  • Hicks Run Outfitters

    Experienced professional guides offer personal and group guided photo tours of PA watchable wildlife. 15 passenger vans available. Offering personal one on one guided hunts.
  • Hicks Run Viewing Area

    Hicks Run Wildlife Viewing Area is the premier elk viewing area in the Pennsylvania Wilds. This covered, handicap accessible viewing blind provides incredible views and fantastic photo opportunities for elk and other wildlife.

    From Benezette travel east 8.6 miles on PA 555 to Hicks Run Wildlife Viewing Area on the north (left)...
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

    See elk country in a unique way! Experience elk country by horse drawn wagon and sleigh rides from the Elk Country Visitor Center. Open weekends. Weather permitting. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
  • L & L Elk Wilds Mountain Top Distillery Outlet

    America in a jar! Enjoy our gifts and capture all the moonshine flavors of the Elk Mountains, familiar to all shine drinkers. We offer country style home décor items as well as that one thing you forgot to bring for your camping trip. Be sure to purchase our 150 proof Moonshine and & flavored shine. Try a sample of apple pie, peach, blackberry and...
  • MacDarvey Castle

    Mountaintop retreat in the heart of elk country with private viewing. Take a hike and enjoy the abundant wildlife and breathtaking views. Sit around the fire at night reminiscing about the days adventure while planning the next. Enjoy spacious accommodations with 5 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, 4 bathrooms, and a library.
  • Mt. Zion Historical Park

    Featuring Honor Walkway, Civil War, Veterans & Boy Scout Memorials, information center and the first grist mill stone used in the 1800’s on Bennett’s Branch.
  • Old Bull Café

    "Where the herd comes to gather"

    Family owned and operated business established in 2013. Located in the midst of Elk Country just minutes from the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. Located in a renovated 1800's church, we offer a delicious menu. Proudly serving a delicious pizza, soup, subs and wraps along with Perry’s ice cream, gourmet...
  • Porcupine Run Viewing Area

    Porcupine Run Viewing Area provides an additional location to see elk. It provides off-road parking, but no other facilities. It is located near the intersection of Winslow Hill Road and Dewey Road. Entry is restricted as not to disturb the elk. Much of State Game Lands 311 is open to foot travel only.
  • Quehanna Wild Area

    Nearly 50,000 acres, the Quehanna Wild Area covers parts of Cameron, Clearfield and Elk counties. This protected wildlife area has been named an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and home to several species of birds and other animals including elk, deer coyotes.

    Hiking and biking are popular activities on the Quehanna...
  • The Cross

    Gray Hill Road 2.7 miles turns into Mt. Zion Road. In 3.3 miles you will arrive at the large wooden cross parking area.
  • Winslow Hill Elk Viewing Area

    The most popular elk-viewing site in Pennsylvania, Winslow Hill provides two viewing areas with off-road parking. Listen for the famous bugling of the male elk during August-October, as the elk are in rut during this time of the year. Many trails and dirt roads are available for exploration. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, black bear and fox....

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