The Pennsylvania Wilds region is home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains, as well as the largest free-roaming elk herd in the eastern United States. This region is where visitors can find breathtaking views; thousands of miles of waterways, including 2,067 wild trout streams and 99 boat launches; more than 1,600 miles of trails; and plenty of wildlife.
Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo
The Elk Country Visitor Center will be hosting the annual Elk Expo August 16-17, 2014. The expo will feature events and activities including an Elk Calling Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, and a musical performance by American roots music band, The Dusty Trout.
Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail
From potters to sculptors and painters to goldsmiths, Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail features locally-owned shops, boutiques and galleries that sell authentic “Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds” crafts by PA Wilds Juried Artisans. These establishments range from elegant, halogen-lit modern display areas to straw-strewn former gristmills.
Elk Country Visitor Center
The 8,400-square-foot eco-friendly Elk Country Visitor Center is located on 245 acres in Benezette and offers panoramic views of elk in their natural environment. The center includes interpretive and interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory 4-D theater, wagon and sleigh elk-viewing rides, wildlife trails and viewing blinds. While at Elk Country Visitor Center, visitors can take a hike on the nearby Quehanna Trail. The trail covers 17 miles in the Elk State Forest in southern Cameron County.
Try some of the greatest wines in the PA Wilds and relax on the Benezette Winery outdoor patio for a chance to view elk. The winery features more than 20 wines that range from sweet to dry, including dessert specialties. The winery also has a cabin that can be rented by guests.
Elk Scenic Drive
Elk, Clearfield, Centre and Clinton counties
The Elk Scenic Drive is a 127-mile route through the PA Wilds region that is perfect for viewing elk. Twenty-three elk viewing sites are being established along the Elk Scenic Drive to promote safe and easy visitation. The sites provide parking and alternatives to viewing elk and other wildlife along the area’s highways. Each site has been chosen because of its outstanding wildlife viewing potential and scenic beauty. The route is just off Interstate 80, so visitors can start their trip from the west at PA Route 853 or from the east at PA Route 144.
Visitors to Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mount Jewett, Pa., can walk across the sky on the Kinzua Skywalk that extends 625 feet into the Kinzua Gorge. The park was designated in 1963 to showcase the Kinzua Viaduct, an amazing engineering structure which when constructed in 1882 was the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world. Partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, the towers of the viaduct were re-engineered into a skywalk in 2011 with a partial glass overlook. Visitors can now enjoy scenic vistas, picnicking, geo-caching and hiking trails at the park.