Find your (overnight) home away from home in the PA Wilds
(Editor’s Note: This article is updated regularly to add new breweries in the Wilds. Last updated December 13, 2023.)
Traveling in the Pennsylvania Wilds is full of endless discoveries and unexpected pleasantries. The sights will astound you. The communities will humble you. And the experience will leave you with anticipation for your next return.
However, no excursion is complete without knowing where you’ll rest your head. And for those inclined to reel at the thought of winter camping, it’s always a safe bet to pre-plan your lodging accommodations to be sure a bed is ready and waiting for your arrival. With a little research, you’ll find a variety of lodging options, from bed and breakfasts and inns, to cabins and other unique lodging experiences.
Here, we’ve outlined 10 charming and unique places to stay across the region, and they’re organized conveniently by where they’re located in the Pennsylvania Wilds to help you finalize your vacation plans.
So whether you’re coming home for the holidays, visiting your kiddos at college, looking for a fun winter weekend excursion, or planning your next summer getaway, be sure to check out the places to stay outlined below to find your overnight home away from home!
Whether coming from the east, south or west, the I-80 Frontier is the quintessential welcome mat to the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Bellefonte Bed & Breakfast
214 North Allegheny Street | Bellefonte, PA 16823
The Bellefonte Bed & Breakfast (Bellefonte B&B) is a cozy and comfortable home in the heart of the quaint town of Bellefonte, just minutes from I-80. Walk to historic places in town or visit the scenic mountain outdoor offerings of Pa just a short drive away – in any direction. In addition to tradition lodging accommodations, the Bellefonte B&B enjoys helping visitors explore the PA Wilds and nearby outdoor spaces by offering packages for kayaking, fishing, hiking and elk viewing.
Castanea Railroad Station Restored Caboose
15 Logan Avenue | Lock Haven (Castanea), PA 17745
Consider a stay in a 1941 Vintage Restored Caboose just outside of the small city of Lock Haven, just seven miles from Interstate 80 and situated along the West Branch Susquehanna River and the Bucktail Scenic Byway. The caboose, one of four historic properties managed by the Clinton County Historical Society, sleeps 2 and is equipped with a sink, toilet, shower and microwave. The region’s railroading history comes roaring back to life at the property. The caboose is adjacent to the former train station that was constructed in 1883, as well as an informational kiosk and the future site of a trail head for the region’s new Rails to Trails. (Read more about this unique lodging experience here.)
Dancing Bear Lodge
2377 East Winter Road | Loganton, PA 17747
Hop off of Interstate 80 to locate this country lodge in Clinton County. Located on the outskirts of an historic Amish community, Dancing Bear Lodge sleeps up to 10 and features a beautiful yard with perennial gardens, a full front porch, a spacious back deck and gazebo. Hiking trails in the Bald Eagle State Forest are less than a mile away and three state parks are within 15 minutes of the lodge. If requested, lodge host Lucy also offers Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese healing practice known as “forest bathing” that deepens participants’ connection to nature.
The Elker Inn & Suites
324 Allenhurst Ave | Ridgway, PA 15853
This 16-room boutique hotel is perfect for lovers of nature or adventure! Featuring a shared lounge, the hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, the rooms come with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Rooms contain an electric tea pot, while certain rooms will provide you with a kitchenette with a fridge and a microwave. Enjoy activities in and around Ridgway, like hiking and cycling. Close to breweries, wineries, shops, and the Clarion River in Downtown Ridgway.
The Gamble Mill
160 Dunlop Street | Bellefonte, PA 16823
The Gamble Mill’s past is the foundation of its present and will always be part of the identity of its future. If not for the exposed brick and beams, one might forget they are staying in a 200-year old building as they prepare for the day in modern, luxurious bathrooms or prepare a family meal in the completely new, outfitted kitchens. With only sixteen guest rooms, the Inn has a truly intimate feel that’ll make you feel as though you’re staying at the well-appointed home of a friend.
Happier in the Wilds Camper
3004 Buffalo Run Road | Bellefonte, PA 16823
This Happier Camper HC1 is a travel trailer for rent in Central Pennsylvania, just 4 miles from Penn State University’s Beaver Stadium. This 2020 Happier Camper Travel Trailer is 13 feet and can sleep up to 3 adults. The Happier Camper features the Adaptiv System, allowing you to reconfigure the trailer to suit you and your family/friends’ needs. The trailer features a solar panel that can be used to charge most daily use devices, like your phone or laptop.
Inn at Narrows Creek
44 Narrows Creek Lane | DuBois, PA 15801
The Inn at Narrows Creek is conveniently located along the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds in DuBois, just a short drive from some of the region’s most acclaimed attractions! Explore the Elk Scenic Drive and take a trip to Elk Country, or take a short trip to visit the Cook Forest and the Ancients to see some of the tallest trees east of the Mississippi River. Built and opened in 1998 and created for the purpose of a bed and breakfast, the Inn is a recreation of an 18th century New England country inn and tavern. It’s been recognized by a national publication as one of the 15 finest bed and breakfasts in North America.
Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
201 Warbler Way | Howard, PA 16841
Voted the #1 Eco-Lodge in the Nation in the 2016 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is the premier lodge, meeting and event destination within the Pennsylvania State Park system and it is conveniently located along the I-80 Frontier of the PA Wilds in Northern Centre County. The LEED Gold certified lodge features 16 overnight guest rooms and multiple meeting spaces, sweeping lake views and comfortable modern accommodations and amenities, all within the pristine natural setting of Bald Eagle State Park.
Our Fair Lady Bed & Breakfast
313 East Linn Street | Bellefonte, PA 16823
Our Fair Lady is a beloved bed and breakfast in the heart of Historic Bellefonte. Enjoy warm hospitality, quality comfort, and a rich historic atmosphere in this meticulously-maintained 19th century home. It’s the perfect weekend getaway, or place to call home for an extended stay. The B&B also hosts weddings, baby showers, high-teas, wine pairing dinners and more! Relax and connect at the daily wine and cheese hour, or find a quiet retreat in a comfortable guest rooms with spa-inspired restrooms.
The Queen, a Victorian Bed and Breakfast
176 East Linn Street | Bellefonte, PA 16823
This restored 1880s Queen Anne home located in the historic district of Victorian Bellefonte is just 5 minutes from Interstate 80 in Northern Centre County. In addition to offering cozy rooms with private baths, other on-site lodging options include a fully-equipped apartment or a furnished three-bedroom guesthouse. The Queen is pet-friendly, and it’s also just a short walk to the historic and commercial districts. From there, visitors might also opt for excursions to nearby Spring Creek and Bald Eagle State Park, or they could take a day trip on the Elk Scenic Drive.
Dark Skies is home to the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park – the epicenter of the region’s stargazing – is world-famous for being one the best places in the USA for stargazing and the study of astronomy.
Creekside Inn at Sizerville
73 Crooked Run Road | Emporium, PA 15834
Like his father before him, Scott has brought his family to the area for hunting, fishing and recreation for generations. Since the Creekside Inn at Sizerville motel opened its doors, they’ve adopted the community of Emporium as part of the family. It’s a great place to vacation, relax, and get away from it all. Other motels may offer similar amenities, but Creekside Inn at Sizerville is nestled in the pines, alongside award-winning Sizerville State Park, stream, and has a personal touch.
First Fork Lodge
1104 Costello Road | Austin, PA 16720
First Fork Lodge is a lodge/bed and breakfast is located in the town of Austin, home to the historic “dam that couldn’t break.” The lodge offers themed rooms and great food. Not far from Cherry Springs and Sinnemahoning State Park, it’s a great spot for tranquility, wildlife watching during the day and stargazing at night. In addition to overnight accommodations, First Fork Lodge includes a small sporting goods store that stocks essential fishing and hunting supplies.
Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast
1077 Cherry Springs Road | Coudersport, PA 16915
Located in the Dark Skies Landscape of the PA Wilds, Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast is a 10-room lodge just a few miles from Cherry Springs State Park and Coudersport in Potter County. The property includes a large remodeled barn with additional bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a rehabilitated farmhouse and cottage. Frosty Hollow B&B has been serving sleepy travelers for the past 25 years and features the Country Mercantile, a gift shop that both guests and community members enjoy.
The Hygrade Inn
212 East 4th Street | Emporium, PA 15834
Nestled in the mountains of The PA Wilds, The Hygrade Inn boutique hotel provides a grand experience. The inn features four luxurious guest rooms, each having its own spacious full bathroom with large, modern showers. You’ll enjoy the high ceilings that echo the property’s other classic and elegant architectural details. Guests are welcome to relax in the sizable yet comfortable living room, a cozy sitting room, the library, and expansive front porch overlooking Emporium’s beautiful tree-lined Main Street.
Lakeview Store LLC Cabins and RV Camping
8279 1st Fork Road | Austin, PA 16720
Lakeview Store LLC Cabins and RV Camping literally sits across the road from the entrance to Sinnemahoning State Park, nearly at the center of the Wilds region. Relax and take in the serenity of nature, or take a short trip to visit the Austin Dam and explore the ruins, experience the Dark Skies at Cherry Springs, or to spot wild elk in Elk Country. Fishing opportunities abound!
Laurelwood Inn & Steakhouse
U.S. Route 6 East | Coudersport, PA 16915
The Laurelwood Inn & Steakhouse is located on Historic U.S. Route 6, three miles east of downtown Coudersport. Open year-round, the independent motel and restaurant has been owned and managed by Chris & Paul Herzig for more than 35 years. The location features a 22-unit motel designed to accommodate the single traveler or a large family. The in-house steakhouse specializes in Black Angus char-broiled steaks. Laurelwood also serves as a venue for meetings, class reunions and family celebrations.
5039 US Route 6 West | Ulysses, PA 16948
This country lodge is conveniently located between the communities of Galeton and Coudersport along Scenic Route 6, a thoroughfare that takes travelers 400+ miles across the Commonwealth and through four counties of the PA Wilds. Susquehannock Lodge can accommodate up to 40 people in private and semi-private rooms. With just a short drive, lodgers can enjoy cross country skiing, hiking and stargazing, or they can kick back and relax on the deck and enjoy the Dark Skies (or sunshine!).
Quiet Oaks Campground
88 Quiet Oaks Campground Lane | Cross Fork, PA 17729
Quiet Oaks Campground is a small, family owned and operated campground in Central Pennsylvania offering full RV hookups, cabin rentals, and rustic tenting. All cabins and campsites are pet friendly, and they are located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds offering instant access to hiking, fishing, hunting, ATV riding, or just plain relaxing. The campground property, nearly 100 acres in size and consisting of field and woodland, hosts three large events each year, including the Smoked Country Jam bluegrass festival, the Rattlesnake Enduro, and the Kettle Creek Music Festival.
Cook Forest & the Ancients
Known as a land of giants because of the forest cathedral of ancient pines and hemlocks, Cook Forest & the Ancients is an ode to the majesty of the Pennsylvania Wilds and home to many of the tallest hemlock and pine trees in the Northeast.
Deer Creek Winery, Inn & Event Center
3333 Soap Fat Road | Shippenville, PA 16254
Deer Creek Winery is a unique blend of winery, B&B, and event center. Enjoy wine tasting everyday and live music entertainment every Thursday through Sunday where you can relax, have some wine and food, and spend time with your friends and family. Overnight accommodations at the Inn include eight rooms, five of which have in-room hot tubs. Just a short walk from the winery is The Manor, which features five private guest rooms. Wherever you stay, you’ll be treated to a variety of amenities,.
Fair Winds Cabins
7205 Route 36 | Leeper, PA 16233
800-680-0160 or 814-744-8300
Fair Winds offers affordable, pet-friendly cabin rentals in the Cook Forest & the Ancients Landscape of the PA Wilds, with three locations conveniently located near Cook Forest State Park, Clear Creek State Park (and the Allegheny National Forest). The Fair Winds River Cottage, open year-round, is located along the Clarion River and sleeps 6 guests, with three bedrooms, a large covered deck, Wi-Fi, and a stone fireplace. Also open year-round, the Cook Riverside Cabins (pictured) include 21 cabins, cottages, and vacation homes located on 15 acres adjacent to the Clarion River that sleep up to 12 guests. Whispering Oaks Cabins include seven cabins available April through December that each sleep up to eight and border Cook Forest State Park. Fair Winds in the Forest Cabins & Lodge describes nine cabins on three acres, some of which are available year-round.
14870 Route 36, Box 125 | Cooksburg, PA 16217
Located in the Cook Forest & the Ancients Landscape of the PA Wilds, Gateway Lodge is just a half-hour drive from the I-80 Frontier town of Clarion. The remote lodge offers luxury suites, rustic and luxury cabins, an on-site restaurant and a spa. Nestled in the old growth forests and tranquil surroundings of Cook Forest State Park, Gateway Lodge is the perfect setting for couples, retreat groups, weddings and family gatherings. Luxury accommodations include romantic fireside Jacuzzi suites, charmingly intimate historic rooms, and rustic cabins.
Hominy Ridge Cabins and Gift Shop
13964 Route 36 | Clarington, PA 15828
Hominy Ridge Lodge and Cabins is situated just minutes from the old growth forest cathedral at Cook Forest State Park; the Clarion River, one of two nationally-designated Wild & Scenic Rivers in the PA Wilds; and tremendous other outdoor experiences! This year-round getaway is situated on 7 acres of land and offers amenities to ensure an enjoyable trip for the whole family. The property includes a gift shop and store for quick pick-ups, souvenirs, fishing necessities and more!
Home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in the northeastern United States, Elk Country features two large visitor centers to welcome you, including the Elk Country Visitor Center and Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center.
Elk Crossing Getaway in the PA Wilds
2326 River Rd | Weedville, PA 15868
Elk Crossing Getaway in the PA Wilds is a short-term vacation rental house between Weedville and Benezette on the Elk Scenic Highway 555. This allows visitors in the area to have a cozy stay at a house that feels like their home. The place is fully furnished and includes amenities to make your stay easy while hiking, elk viewing, hunting, fishing, and other activities within the PA Wilds.
In The Sticks Cabins
360 Buck Drive | Benezette, PA 15821
Located in the heart of PA Wilds Elk Country, In The Sticks Cabins offers vacation rentals offer excellent scenery and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. Two of the cabins sleep up to eight, and the third cabin can accommodate up to 15. Located directly across the street from the Elk Country Visitor Center and just a quick drive to four elk viewing locations located along the popular Elk Scenic Drive, you won’t have to go far to see the majestic elk herd.
Medix Run Lodges and Cabins
1997 Rock Hill Road | Weedville, PA 15868
Experience a restful evening with the possibility of an elk sighting while staying at Medix Run Lodges & Cabins, which offers 12 cabins that can accommodate up to eight occupants. Located conveniently off of Route 555 near Benezette in Elk Country, outdoor recreation and sightseeing destinations abound. In addition to the Elk Country Visitor Center and Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center mentioned above, visitors can check out Straub Brewery and explore trails and vistas at Fred Woods Trail and Overlook or Hyner View State Park. Travelers can easily access Medix Run Lodges & Cabins using the Elk Scenic Drive or the Bucktail Scenic Byway.
Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds
Covering more than 500,000 acres, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only national forest. It dominates the western end of the Pennsylvania Wilds and features some of the region’s most treasured places and experiences. Learn more here.
Albinas Guest House
215 Kane Street | Wilcox, PA 15870
Located in Wilcox, Elk County, Albinas Guest House is situated in the Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds Landscape of the PA Wilds. The restored home was originally built in 1910 and is now available year-round for overnight rentals and vacations. The lodge sleeps up to four and features a full kitchen, bath, laundry, patio, and grill. The North Country National Scenic Trail is not far away, and easy day trips include Elk Country, Cook Forest & the Ancients and the Kinzua Experience.
Charming Duplex AirBNB
532/534 Greeves Street | Kane, PA 16735
The space is a two level duplex, with 2 queen bedrooms, 1 bunkbed room, and a sleeper sofa. Guests have access to the entire side of the house, and if you have an extra large group, both sides of the duplex are available for rent. There is a nice back yard area to enjoy, and off street parking. Friendly dogs are welcome guests . The fully stocked bathroom includes fresh towels and toiletries. Pots, pans, appliances and dishes will make it easy to prepare meals in your home away from home.
Creek Bottom Canvas
9699 Porky Rd | Albion, PA 16401
For the past 20 years, Mike and Nicole have explored everything from full-throttle trail adventures to family-friendly camping. They also enjoy kayaking, hunting, hiking, fishing, and everything in between. Creek Bottom Canvas strives to handle the tough and tedious parts of your adventure so that you can spend more time doing what you love. Although their general area is the Allegheny National Forest, they are also able to travel. Creek Bottom Canvas will have your campsite completely set up upon your arrival, allowing you to have more time to relax. They’ll even suggest things for you to do so you can make fantastic memories.
Flats on Fraley
39 Fraley Street | Kane, PA 16735
This two-bedroom apartment features a queen bed and a double bed, located on Fraley Street in Kane. An entire apartment on the third floor of a 1903 building that has an eccentric natural shoppe & cafe in the storefront. With a VCR in every bedroom, this home away from home is full of vintage fun and perfect for solo travelers or groups of friends.
Two beautiful brand new builds in uptown Kane, each of them perfect for a large family or traveling professional. Two bedroom, one bathroom unit abover Tanology on Fraley Street, as well as a four bedroom, two bathroom unit above Twisted Vine Winery on Fraley Street in Kane. You will also receive a 10% off coupon for guests to use at either Twisted Vine Winery or Table 105 Taproom and Eatery. Upon arrival, guests will also receive two FREE bottles of wine from the winery at Twisted Vine. Parking is available for trailers of all kinds at both locations as well as keyless entry, which makes check in convenient and secure at any time of the day.
Hogback Hill Cabin Rentals
241 Hogback Hill Lane | Tionesta, PA 16353
Hogback Hill Cabin Rentals offers the comforts of home for your next stay on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, including whole home rentals. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Tionesta, Hogback Hill’s private cabins feature full bathroom and kitchen areas, plus a fire pit with free unlimited firewood provided. Whether looking to explore Pennsylvania’s only national forest, the nearby old-growth forest cathedral, take a journey on one of the region’s National Wild & Scenic Rivers or the famous North Country National Scenic Trail, or to check out the Commonwealth’s only landlocked lighthouse, Hogback Hill is a perfect starting point.
Kane Tourist Home & Motor Inn
80 Greeves Street | Kane, PA 16735
Father and son team, Ken & Paul Griswold, opened this tourist home with the mission of attracting people to our beautiful area to give back to the community and help people re-connect with nature. With experience in restoration, carpentry, construction and numerous other fields, this duo is constantly working to improve their business to exceed customer satisfaction. The ten-room, 1930’s and 1950’s vintage style tourist home & motel, is perfect for those looking to explore The Allegheny National Forest.
27 Fraley Street | Kane, PA 16735
Urban and upscale in the heart of Kane, PA. This apartment centers around accessibility to the new restaurants and bars in Kane literally one block away. Outdoor activities year round in the Allegheny National forest. Come get away from it all in Kane. Rated PA Wilds #1 revitalized cities. All new furniture, couch, TV, and beds. Queen size bed. Guests may sleep on pullout couch.
Stowaway Suites on the Avenue
232 Pennsylvania Avenue West | Warren, PA 16365
Local Airbnb rental in downtown Warren County, located in the heart of the PA Wilds on the picturesque banks of the Allegheny River. Walking distance from many downtown attractions, including Allegheny Outfitters, Bent Run Brewery, and tons of great local restaurants, this 3 bedroom apartment is the perfect getaway for individuals, couples, or families. Whether you’re in town on business or visiting the beautiful Allegheny National Forest, you’ll have a beautiful, relaxing space in which to rest up for all your adventures!
1904 American Foursquare Home Airbnb
321 Broad Street | Port Allegany, PA 16743
Enjoy this 1904 American Foursquare brick home, furnished with antiques. Port Allegany is a small town nestled in the wooded hills of the northern Pennsylvania Wilds. Hiking, stargazing, kayaking, blueberry picking, Amish, fishing and hunting abound. An alpaca farm and a WWII museum are nearby. Kinzua Bridge and Cherry Springs State Parks, drive-in movies, wineries, breweries and distilleries are within an hours’ drive. Rate includes breakfast. This three story home with a belvedere room is on a corner lot in a quiet neighborhood, a block away from a community pool and park with playground, tennis and basketball courts. Guests will have free use of the entire house, front porch and garden.
Pine Creek Valley & the PA Grand Canyon
Check out the Pine Creek Gorge, known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and explore its depths on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Learn more here.
La Belle Auberge Bed & Breakfast
129 Main Street | Wellsboro, PA 16901
Located in the historic community of Wellsboro, La Belle Auberge Bed & Breakfast is situated in the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon Landscape of the PA Wilds. This grand Victorian B&B was built in 1907 and is just minutes from the scenic Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and the Pine Creek Rail Trail for hiking and biking. Featuring four distinct and private rooms, this bed and breakfast offers privacy and luxury, with the option for guests to enjoy an in-house massage.
The lodging establishments listed above are Host Site members of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of juried artisans and creative entrepreneurs. Managed by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc, a nonprofit organization serving the 12.5-county Pennsylvania Wilds region, the WCO is the main program through which small businesses and nonprofits – from artisans to breweries to B&Bs to outfitters to retailers to restaurants to galleries to designers to videographers – engage with the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, networks and platforms. Functionally, the WCO is the listings backbone for the regional visitor site pawilds.com; the product supply line for the PA Wilds Conservation Shops physical and online stores; and the entry point for those looking to team up on PA Wilds licensed products in the market place. The PA Wilds Center promotes the WCO as part of the overall Pennsylvania Wilds experience. Visit WildsCoPa.org to learn more.
Editor’s Note: This blog is updated regularly to reflect new members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA. It was most recently updated on 2.26.22.
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