Elk Country Scenic Drive From Weedville to Emporium

Weedville, Pennsylvania

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This 45.6-mile drive along a lightly traveled highway and backroads hugs the Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek and twists its way through the prime elk habitat of Elk and Cameron counties. Here, Pennsylvania’s lone elk herd ranges free and undisturbed—one of only two herds found east of the Mississippi River. This off-the-beaten-track forest meander ventures into the heart of the open range for Pennsylvania’s free-roaming but protected elk herd, which now numbers some 300 strong. The elk travel within a 227-square-mile area, with the four corners roughly prescribed by Weedville, Driftwood, Emporium, and Saint Marys. Out of Benezette is a designated elk viewing site that helps your chances for spying elk. Early morning and evening hours and the September to October rut and mating season bring out the elk in number. Come with binoculars or spotting scopes. Special attractions: Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek; a designated elk viewing site; Pine Tree Natural Area; overlooks; autumn foliage; hiking, fishing, relaxing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Elk Country Scenic Drive: From Weedville to Emporium Professional Review and Guide

"This 45.6-mile drive along a lightly traveled highway and backroads hugs the Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek and twists its way through the prime elk habitat of Elk and Cameron counties. Here, Pennsylvania’s lone elk herd ranges free and undisturbed—one of only two herds found east of the Mississippi River. This off-the-beaten-track forest meander ventures into the heart of the open range for Pennsylvania’s free-roaming but protected elk herd, which now numbers some 300 strong. The elk travel within a 227-square-mile area, with the four corners roughly prescribed by Weedville, Driftwood, Emporium, and Saint Marys.

Out of Benezette is a designated elk viewing site that helps your chances for spying elk. Early morning and evening hours and the September to October rut and mating season bring out the elk in number. Come with binoculars or spotting scopes. Special attractions: Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek; a designated elk viewing site; Pine Tree Natural Area; overlooks; autumn foliage; hiking, fishing, relaxing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Weedville
Distance: 45.6
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Bucktail State Park Natural Area Scenic Drive
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Country Scenic Drive: From Weedville to Emporium

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May 2018