Elk Scenic Drive

Unparalleled Wildlife Viewing

This 127-mile loop through portions of five counties is a drive-to-believe-it kind of experience. The distinct Elk Scenic Drive road signs are your guide for this journey.

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Elk Country Visitor Center

The Elk Country Visitor Center is a world-class, eco-friendly visitor and educational center and premier location to view Elk in their natural habitat. Seeing and hearing these magnificent elk in person is an awe-inspiring experience.

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Elk Expo

Don’t miss the Elk Expo in held annually in August. The Pennsylvania Game Commission holds their annual elk license drawing live at the Expo, drawing in thousands of hunters and spectators. The event is family friendly, with a multitude of vendors, from food to fine art and crafts. The PA Great Outdoors Elk Expo won the PA Wilds 2015 Event of the Year!

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Sinnemahoning State Park and Wildlife Center

Unplug from devices and reconnect with nature, at the state-of-the-art Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. This LEED-certified green building introduces visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds through family friendly exhibits and interpretive displays. Peer into an eagle’s nest, crawl through a bear’s cave or simply sit and enjoy a book, the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park has something for everyone.

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Quehanna Wild Area

Nearly 50,000 acres, the Quehanna Wild Area is a protected wildlife area, home to several species of birds and other animals including elk, deer and coyotes.

About Elk Scenic Drive

This 127-mile loop through portions of five counties is a drive-to-believe-it kind of experience. The distinct Elk Scenic Drive road signs are your guide for this journey. Known for unparalleled wildlife viewing, you can start from the west end (Rt. 144) or east end at Lock Haven (Rt. 120) via easy access points off I-80. Your must-stop destination is the Elk Country Visitor Center, a 245-acre site near the village of Benezette that not only offers wildlife viewing, but immerses you in the sights, sounds, and smells of Elk Country, PA.

 

Multiple drive stops not only include some of the best places to observe our awe-inspiring wild elk herd, but also help travelers experience the diversity and abundance of the region’s wildlife and recreational assets that are hallmarks of this scenic and rugged landscape. The Elk Scenic Drive includes 5 State Parks.

 

Traveling west-to-east from the Elk Country Visitor Center…. don’t be hesitant to take the road less travelled with a truly remarkable windows down (weather pending) cruise along the nearby Quehanna Highway, cutting through stunning wooded scenery and untouched natural areas. An offshoot of the Elk Scenic Drive, this alternate route may offer some of the best wildlife viewing in these wild and beautiful parts, as well as several hiking trails and other places of interest within the remote Quehanna Wild Area.

 

Disconnect from devices, and connect with wildlife at the state-of-the-art Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, which includes kid friendly exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, a life-size replica of a Bald Eagle nest, and sprawling views surrounding.

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Benezette Wines LLC

Located minutes from the Elk Visitor Center with some of the best tasting wine around. Visit the gift shop and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while watching the elk roam.

196 Second Street
Benezette 15821

Elk Country Visitor Center

Elk Country Visitor Center is the premier location in the Northeastern United States for seeing and experiencing elk in a natural setting. The Visitor Center was designed to provide live, year round ...

950 Winslow Hill Road
Benezette 15821

Elk State Forest

Elk State Forest derives its name from the great numbers of elk that once thrived in the area. Located mainly in Elk and Cameron counties, it comprises almost 217,000+ acres of northern hardwood fores...


Grant's Pass Antiques & Wrought Iron

Grants Pass Antiques & Wrought Iron offers a wide variety of products including antiques, candles, garden flags, jewelry, and more. This unique store is a must visit while viewing the free roaming...


Moshannon State Forest

Moshannon State Forest derives its name from “Moss-hanne,” or "moose stream," the Native American description of the waterway that runs through the area. The forest totals 190,031 acres on the All...


Ole Bull State Park

Ole Bull State Park consists of 132 acres along the Kettle Creek Valley in Potter County. This area is called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover, mountainous terrain and wilderness ...

31 Valhalla Lane
Cross Fork PA 17729-9701

Parker Dam State Park

The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park offers old-fashioned charm and character. A scenic lake, rustic cabins, quaint campground and unbounded forest make Parker Dam an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation....

28 Fairview Road
Pennfield PA 15849

SB Elliott State Park

The 318-acre Simon B. Elliott State Park is in the heart of Moshannon State Forest. This entirely wooded park offers picturesque areas of swamp meadows and forest of typical second growth mixed hardwo...

2112 Old Route 153
Pennfield PA 15849

Ole Bull State Park

Ole Bull State Park has no cell phone and no WiFi coverage. Coverage may be found with in a 10 mile drive of the park. The nearest gas is 1-8 miles from the park and may have limited hours so fueling up in advance is recommended. Firewood is available for sale. Campsites should be reserved in advance for holidays and special events like the Kid's Fishing Derby and Cross Fork Snake Hunt. Bring all necessary supplies for camping activities and food as the nearest stores are 18 miles and may have limited hours.

Kettle Creek State Park

Do not rely on MapQuest or similar programs for directions - they may direct you to dirt or unmaintained roads - use a paper map or call for directions. Cell and texting is available to those who have Verizon and the newer model phones. WiFi is not available. The nearest gas station is 15 miles away and may have limited hours - fuel up in advance. Firewood is not available for sale on site. Bring all necessary supplies for camping or activities - the nearest grocery store and Dollar General is 15 miles and may have limited hours. Campsites should be reserved in advance for holiday weekends, first weekend of trout season and Flaming Foliage weekend in October. Activities: Biking, Camping, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Pavilion, Picnicking, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities

PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau

We are the designated tourism promotion agency for a 5-county region consisting of Clarion, Jefferson, Elk Forest, and Cameron Counties, which is known as the PA Great Outdoors. Contact us for informa...

2801 Maplevale Road
Brookville PA 15825