Elk County

Discover Elk County

Elk County certainly lives up to its name. The town of Benezette is the heart of Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd, now numbering nearly 1,000 majestic animals. Paddlers and fishermen will love the Wild & Scenic Clarion River.  Hikers can explore the Quehanna Wild Area and a swinging bridge on the Clarion/Little Toby Trail. Straub Brewery has been handcrafting beer in its original location in St. Marys since 1872 making it the third oldest brewery in the country. Ridgway’s “Lily of the Valley” National Historic Register District features stunning mansions and homes, and “Millionaires Row”.

Benezette

Benezette is the ”Elk Capital of Pennsylvania” and is located in the heart of the state’s wild elk herd, now numbering nearly 1,000 majestic animals. The best spot to start an elk viewing adventure is at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Winslow Hill. The Mt. Zion Historical Park near Benezette is a beautiful and quiet place with an honor walkway and Civil War, Veterans, and Boy Scout memorials. The nearby Quehanna Wild Area features a spectacular White Birch grove in the Marion Brooks Natural Area.

Johnsonburg & Wilcox

Johnsonburg is nicknamed “Paper City” for the town’s rich paper production heritage. The Domtar Mill has a working trout hatchery on site and tours can be scheduled. Wilcox is best known for its winery and beautiful views along the Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Here, visitors will find great camping and endless outdoor activities at nearby Bendigo State Park, East Branch Lake, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, and Allegheny National Forest.

Ridgway

The town of Ridgway was founded in the 1800’s and has done a remarkable job of preserving the grandeur of its Victorian past with the “Lily of the Valley” National Historic Register District featuring stunning mansions and homes, including a beautiful courthouse and “Millionaires Row”.  Each spring, hundreds of artisans from around the globe demonstrate their skills at the annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Tasting in the Wilds is a popular food, wine, beer, and art festival held each July.  Hikers and cyclists can explore Clarion/Little Toby Trail and kayakers enjoy peaceful paddling on the Wild & Scenic Clarion River.

St. Marys

St. Marys is a city with a strong German Catholic heritage. Straub Brewery has been handcrafting brews in its original location since 1872 making it the third oldest in the country. Visitors can take a brewery tour and sip from “The Eternal Tap”. The lively downtown, known as “The Diamond”, and the “Million Dollar Highway” offer travelers the perfect place to spend time browsing the unique shops and restaurants.   Decker’s Chapel is one the smallest churches in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest boasts over a half-million acres of public land with hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ATV, and horseback riding.  Visitors can also enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping. Some of the more popular trails in Elk County include Brush Hollow Ski Trail, Laurel Mill Trail, Little Drummer Historical Pathway, and Timberline ATV Trail.

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Bring your own horses to camp and ride the trails through the wilderness in the heart of the Benezette elk herd with access to Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail.

Big Maple Farm's Natural Therapies is a place where individuals are able to enhance their quality of life through positive animal interactions, particularly with equines. 

Easy 1.4 mile self-guided trail with 36 interpretive signs highlighting vegetative management in the Central Allegheny Plateau Ecosystem and the historical significance of the Dahoga area.

Scenic trail along Big Mill Creek with three loops totaling 7.7 miles. The trailhead offers parking and restroom. 10 miles north of Ridgway.

Situated at the edge of six private, wooded acres and within a few miles of Elk Country's best attractions.

Over 30 wines, from dry to sweet. Complimentary tastings and wine bar setting gift shop. Open Wed.-Sat. 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-3 p.m.

Great food and wine from Copper Fox Winery to accompany your meal. The staff knows how to make the customers smile with many delicious, inspired options.

Nestled in the heart of the Pennsylvania elk range, Camp Can't Keep Up offers a scenic retreat for families, couples, hunters, anglers, and nature enthusiasts.

Secluded property in the free-roaming elk range on two acres of wilderness with beautiful mountain views and fantastic fishing, hunting, and elk viewing.

We serve up family hospitality with our flavorful dishes, proudly prepared with fresh local ingredients. St. Marys home of the Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, college sports, golf, and more.
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2019wed20feb6:00 pm8:00 pmPaint and Sip at Chicken Hill6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST Chicken Hill Distillery, 277 Fairview Rd, Kersey, PACounties:ElkCategory:Arts

2019wed20feb6:30 pm8:00 pmConservation Craft & Sip6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Arts,Food & Wine

2019thu21feb6:00 pm8:00 pmBook Signing: Elk County Murders & Mysterious Deaths Volume II6:00 pm - 8:00 pm est Elk County Historical Society, 109 Center St, Ridgway, PACounties:ElkCategory:Other

2019sat23feb9:00 am4:00 pmGo Teach: Snowshoeing- Educator Workshop9:00 am - 4:00 pm est Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Outdoor Adventure

2019sun24feb2:00 pm3:00 pmNative and Exotic Insects w/ Natalie Aiello2:00 pm - 3:00 pm est Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Nature & Wildlife

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2019sat02mar7:00 pm9:00 pmFeaturedRoots & Boots Tour7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST St. Mary's High School, Carpin AuditoriumCounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Music

2019fri15mar(mar 15)5:00 pmsat16(mar 16)12:00 amFeaturedClarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival5:00 pm - 12:00 am (16) EST Park Inn by Radisson, 45 Holiday Inn RdCounties:ClarionCategory:Featured,Music

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