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Pennsylvania Elk Herd

Pennsylvania is home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in Northeastern United States.  Seeing an elk for the first time is an extraordinary experience and something you will never forget!

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  • Bucktail State Park Natural Area

    This 16,433-acre natural area is actually a 75-mile scenic drive. The park provides a beautiful scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo to Lock Haven. All along the road are unspoiled forest lands, beautiful hills and deep valleys.

    Four major hiking and backpacking treks include Quehanna, Bucktail Path, Donut Hole and Chuck...
  • 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...
  • 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 County Elk Farm Bed & Breakfast

    Elk County’s only working domestic elk farm. Spring newborn calves & bulls in velvet, hear bugling in fall. Stay in our 1800s remodeled barn. Private baths.

    Visit the gift shop for homemade candles, soaps, lotions, gift baskets and more. Elk County Elk Farm also has homemade elk jerky and snack sticks along with a variety of elk meats...
  • 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 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...
  • Hick's 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.
  • Keystone Elk Country Alliance

    Wildlife conservation organization focusing their resources on Pennsylvania's elk herd, the management of the Elk Country Visitor Center and Elk Mountain Homestead located in Benezette.
  • Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania

    Paddle the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Search for traces of logging ghost towns. Watch an osprey plunge into the Allegheny River and emerge with a fish. Follow the route of a logging railroad as you bike the trail into the Pine Creek Gorge. In the Lumber Heritage Region, roughly two million acres of public lands give both wildlife 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.
  • 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...

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