By Adam McCully

Whether you’re there for the elk viewing, the historic towns, or the scenic drives through rolling mountains, Wild Elk Country is one of the most majestic tourism destinations in Pennsylvania. Abundant in both history and natural beauty, Elk Country draws in thousands of tourists per year. Listed below are just a few of the places they like to frequent, separated by category for your convenience.

Shopping

The shopping in Elk Country is worthy of a trip itself. The local businesses offer everything a traveler, tourist, or local could ask for. Arts, crafts, hiking and canoe gear are just a few of the things you can find for sale in Elk Country.

Benezette Store & Restaurant

9682 Route 555

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-7456

BenezettStore.com

 

Cliffe’s & The Prescription Center

223 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 773-3131

 

Country Squirrel Outfitters

3 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 776-6285

CountrySquirrelOutfitters.com

 

Dan Smiths Candies & Gifts

219 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-4707

DanSmithsCandies.com

 

Elk Country Store

23154 Quehanna Highway

Weedville, PA 15868

(814) 787-4460

ElkCountryStore.com

 

Quehanna Outfitters

689 Hicks Run Road

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 787-4287

 

South Street Botanical Designs

130 South Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-9660

SouthStreetBotanicalDesigns.com

Art/Antiques

Art is subjective, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Luckily, there’s enough variety in Elk Country’s art and antique scene to suit even the most persnickety critics. You’ll find modern art that stretches the limits of the imagination and landscape scenes that capture the natural beauty of the surrounding area, as well as a wide variety of antiques that will make a fine addition to you home décor.

Fighter jet

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center

34 East Fourth Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-4314

CameronCountyChamber.org

 

Appalachian Art Studio

17245 Boot Jack Road P.O. Box 554

Ridgway, PA  15853

(814) 772-0400

Appalachian-Arts.com

 

Donnell’s Gift Shop

13620 Route 555

Benezette PA  15821

(814) 787-5834

ECCOTA

Elk County Council on the Arts

237 Main St.

Ridgway, PA  15853

(814) 772-7051

ECCOTA.com

 

Elkwood Arts

43 Servidea Drive

Ridgway PA  15853

(814) 776-2174

ElkwoodArts.com

 

Grant’s Pass Antiques & Wrought Iron

13405 Route 555

Benezette, PA  15821

(814) 787-4622

GrantsPassIron.com

 

Museums/Educational Attractions:

Elk County is rich in history and full of interesting and educational landmarks your whole family will enjoy. If you’re the type of person that enjoys adding a little learning to your vacation, Elk Country has plenty to offer in terms of educational attractions.

 

Bucktail Monument

Route East 555

Driftwood, PA 15832

 

Cameron County Historical Society & The Little Museum

Route 120 Sterling Run

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0334

http://bit.ly/1O7yw6N

 

Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park

4843 Park Road

Austin, PA 16720

(814) 647-8401

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Decker’s Chapel

Decker Chapel Road

St. Marys, PA 15857

 

Elk County Historical Society

109 Center Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 776-1032

ElkCountyHistoricalSociety.org

 

Historical Society of St. Marys & Benzinger Twp.

99 Erie Ave.

St. Marys, PA 15857

(814) 834-6525

SMHistoricalSociety.com

 

Living Brooks Yoga & Wellness

431 Second Avenue

Johnsonburg, PA 15845

(814) 512-4984

LivingBrooksWellness.com

 

Elk Country Visitor Center

134 Homestead Drive

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-5167

ElkCountryVisitorCenter.com

 

Outdoor Fun

For many of the visitors to Elk Country, it’s all about getting back to nature or just enjoying wide open spaces, fresh air, and scenic views. It’s no surprise then that there are many local businesses and services dedicated to helping visitors achieve that goal.

 

Bucktail State Park Natural Area

260 Sizerville Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-3365

bit.ly/1XmnA6T

 

Fred Woods Trail

258 Sizerville Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-3353

bit.ly/X4xxJ2

 

George B. Stevenson Reservoir

8288 First Fork Road

Emporium, PA 16720

(814) 647-8401

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Hicks Run Viewing Area

Route 555 Elk State Forest

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 486-3353

http://bit.ly/1t9FYzJ

 

Johnson Run Natural Area

Rt. 120

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 486-5605

http://bit.ly/1XmnA6T

 

Quehanna Wild Area

Wykoff Run Road

Driftwood, PA 15832

 

Sinnemahoning State Park

4843 Park Road

Austin, PA 16720

(814) 647-8401

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Sizerville State Park

199 East Cowley Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-5605

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Square Timber-Big Run Wild Area

Driftwood, PA 15832

http://bit.ly/29WyD53

 

West Creek Trail

Emporium, PA 15834

 

Wykoff Run Natural Area

Wykoff Run Road

Driftwood, PA 15832

 

Allegheny National Forest

Marienville Ranger Station

131 Smokey Lane

Marienville, PA 16239

(814) 927-6628

www.fs.usda.gov/allegheny

 

Bavarian Hills Golf Course

251 Mulligan Road

St. Marys, PA  15857

(814) 834-3602

BavarianHillsGolf.net

 

Bendigo State Park

533 State Park Road

Johnsonburg, PA 15845

(814) 965-2646

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Bennet Branch State Forest

Benezette, PA 15821

 

Dr. Colson E Blakeslee Memorial Recreational Area

23155 Quehanna Highway

Benezette, PA 15821

WaterLandLife.org/news/view/318

 

Brush Hollow Ski Trail

Rt. 948

Ridgway, PA 15853

 

Clarion/Little Toby Creek Trail

PO Box 115

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-9730

TriCountyRailsToTrails.org

 

East Branch Lake and Dam

631 East Branch Dam Road

Wilcox, PA 15821

(814) 965-2065

 

Elk State Park

P.O. Box A

Johnsonburg PA  15845

(814) 965-2646

dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Elk Country Visitor Center

134 Homestead Drive

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-5167

ElkCountryVisitorCenter.com

 

Laurel Mill X-Country Skiing and Hiking Trail

Laurel Mill Road

Ridgway, PA 15853

bit.ly/LaurelMillTrail

 

Pigeon Run Falls

PA State Gamelands 28

Marienville, PA 16239

(814) 849-5197

 

Quehanna Wilds Area

Quehanna Highway

Weedville, PA 15868

 

Timberline ATV Trail

Forest Road 232 off of Route 940

Russel City, PA 16345

fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=6096&actid=93

 

Umbrella Rocks

State Gamelands 44

Ridgway, PA 15853

 

Restaurants/Wineries

There’s no doubt you’ll build up a huge appetite with all the exploring you’re doing in Elk Country. Good thing you’ve got no shortage of options when it comes to eateries, not to mention a large variety of excellent wineries. From fine dining to greasy spoons and everything in between. You’re sure to find something that suits your palette in Elk Country.

 

Aroma Café & Restaurant

51 East Fourth Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-7662

 

The Bear Den Bar and Grill

24426 CCC Memorial Hwy

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 546-2448

 

Buttonwood Motel and Restaurant

368 Sizerville Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0522

ButtonwoodMotel.com

 

Cabin Kitchen and Bakery

24 West Fourth Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0528

 

Charlie’s Friendly Tavern

534 E. Alleghany Ave.

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0539

CharliesFriendlyTavern.webs.com

 

Emporium Country Club Restaurant

229 Country Club Lane

Emporium PA  15834

(814) 486-7715

EmporiumCC.com

 

Fox’s Pizza Den

41 East Fourth Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-3637

http://bit.ly/1P8oy3Q

 

My Place

439 East Third Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0788

 

Pizza Palace Plus

19 West Fourth Street

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-1819

PizzaPalacePlus.com

 

Sinnemahoning Tavern

10426 Main Street

Sinnemahoning, PA 15861

(814) 546-2888

 

Driftwood Saloon & Grill

375 Driftwood Ave.

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 546-2447

 

The Willows Restaurant

10905 Main Street

Sinnemahoning, PA 15861

(814) 546-2383

 

Benezette Store & Restaurant

9682 Route 555

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-7456

BenezettStore.com

 

Benezette Hotel

95 Winslow Hill Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4240

BenezetteHotel.com

 

Benezette Wines

196 Second Street

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4000

BenezetteWines.com

 

Buddy Boy Winery

29 North Broad Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-3754

BuddyBoyWinery.com

 

Elk Mountain Winery

24670 Bennetts Valley Hwy.

Weedville, PA 15868

(814) 834-9463

ElkMountainWines.com

 

Gunners Restaurant & Inn

33 South Saint Marys Street

St. Marys, PA 15857

(814) 834-2161

GunnersPA.com

 

Jordan’s Bar & Grill

169 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-3211

 

L & L Elk Wilds Mountain Top Distillery Outlet

8839 Route 555

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4140

 

Medix Hotel

23155 Quehanna Highway

Weedville, PA 15861

(814) 787-5920

Facebook.com/MedixHotel

 

Old Bull Café

55 Church Street

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-7545

 

Royal Inn

17089 Boot Jack Road

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 773-3153

RoyalInnPA.com

 

Straub Brewery

303 Sorg St.

St. Marys, PA 15857

(814) 834-2875

StraubBeer.com

 

The Winery at Wilcox

1867 Mefferts Run Road

Wilcox, PA 15870

(814) 929-5598

WineryAtWilcox.net

 

Lodging

The fact of the matter is, the long list of activities offered by Elk Country have turned many day trips into overnighters, weekenders, or even week long vacations. You’re better off planning ahead by booking a stay at one of the many excellent lodging locations found in Elk Country.

 

Buttonwood Motel

368 Sizerville Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-0522

ButtonwoodMotel.com

 

Camp Eagle’s Nest

1625 West Liberty Road

Reynoldsville, PA 15851

(412) 216-1191

Vrbo.com/841594

 

Creekside Inn

73 Crooked Run Road

Emporium, PA 15834

(814) 486-2043

CreeksideInnMotel.com

 

The Willows Inn

10905 Main Street

Sinnemahoning, PA 15861

(814) 546-2383

 

Antler Shed Cabins

27 Elk Country Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 594-2592

AntlerShedCabins.com

 

Benezette Hotel

95 Winslow Hill Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4240

BenezetteHotel.com

 

Bennett House Bed and Breakfast

14039 Route 555

Benezette, PA  15821

(814) 787-4842

BennettHousePA.com

 

Bennett’s Branch Lodge

973 River Road

Weedville, PA 15868

(814) 787-8926

 

Best Western Plus

1002 Earth Road

St. Marys, PA  15857

(814) 834-0000

http://bit.ly/1KjM8oT

 

Big Elk Lick Horse Camp

91 Elk Lick Lane

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4656

 

Camp Can’t Keep Up

603 Hicks Run Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(412) 216-1191

VRBO.com/490885

 

Camp Critter

561 Hicks Run Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(724) 579-0889

Vrbo.com/436324

 

Camp Waterfront

127 Walck Lane

Benezette, PA 15821

(724) 209-7062

Vrbo.com/700308

 

Cobblestone Inn and Suites-St. Marys

328 Depot Street

Saint Marys, PA 15857

(814) 245-2020

StayCobblestone.com/PA/St-Marys

 

The Cozy Afghan Bed & Breakfast

152 Center Street

St. Marys, PA  15857

(814) 834-2699

CozyAfghan.com

 

Elk Country Hideaway

146 Treasure Hill Lane

Benezette, PA 15821

(724) 388-1007

ElkCountryHideaway.com

 

Elk County Elk Farm Bed & Breakfast

27821 Lake City Road

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-6810

ElkCountyElkFarm.com

 

Elk Mountain Homestead

401 Homestead Drive

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-5168  

ExperienceElkCountry.com

 

Elk Terrace Lodge

75 Elk Terrace Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 772-4854

ElkTerraceLodge.com

 

ElkStone Lodge

458 Buck Drive

Benezette, PA 15821

(877) 818-1013

BenezetteRentalCabins.com

 

Gunners Restaurant & Inn

33 S. St. Marys Street

St. Marys, PA  15857

(814) 834-2161

GunnersPA.com

 

Hazelnut Cottage

24 Front Street

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4977

HazelnutCottageBZ.Weebly.com

 

Holiday Inn Express and Suites-St. Marys

195 Comfort Lane

St. Marys, PA 15857

(814) 834-2030

HolidayInn.com

 

MacDarvey Castle

153 Elk Terrace

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-5356

MacDarveyCastle.com

 

Medix Hotel

23155 Quehanna Highway

Weedville, PA  15861

(814) 787-5920

Facebook.com/MedixHotel

 

Medix Run Lodges and Cabins

1997 Rock Hill Road

Weedville, PA  15868

(814) 787-5214

MedixRunLodges.com

 

Misty Pines

157 DeGregorio Ave.

Driftwood, PA 15832

(814) 546-9185

MistyPinesRentals.com

 

Royal Inn

17089 Boot Jack Road

Ridgway, PA  15853

(814) 773-3153

RoyalInnPA.com

 

Ruffo Lodge

172 Second Street

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4000

BenezetteWines.com

 

Sleeping Elk Lodge

8722 Route 555

Benezette, PA 15821

(717) 859-4886

SleepingElkLodge.com

 

The Cottage

83 West Cardott Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 594-2559

TheCottageRidgway.com

 

The Towers Victorian Inn

330 South Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

(814) 772-7657

TowersInn.com

 

Wapiti Woods

5186 River Road

Weedville, PA 15868

(814) 787-7525

WapitiWoods.com

 

Weedville Hotel

625 River Road, Route 555

Weedville, PA 15868

(814) 787-8079

 

Winslow Hill Bed & Breakfast

2313 Winslow Hill Road

Benezette, PA 15821

(814) 787-4212

WinslowHillBB.com

 

Find more information online at VisitPAGO.com or call the PA Great  Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.

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