Elk Viewing Tips


Seeing elk firsthand is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Pennsylvania’s Elk Country.

Here are a few pointers designed to make your Elk Country visit more enjoyable and rewarding…

*Please keep in mind that pets and elk don’t mix–so please leave your pets at home, for their safety and yours.

Fall. During mating season, bull elk can often be seen at the forest edge preparing to battle other males for the right to mate.

Winter. In colder months, elk typically seek warmth and shelter among the trees. The evergreen forests provide good cover, and deciduous trees provide cold-weather nourishment for these animals.

Spring and Summer. As the weather warms and food becomes more plentiful, elk move to the meadows to feed on the bounty of planted grasses.

Dawn and Dusk. These are the best times to observe elk–especially during the rut, or mating season, in September and October.

**Please also remember that elk are wild creatures, and their behavior may be unpredictable. Never approach an elk, and always view these animals from a safe distance.

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


April – May: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm
(closed Tues & Wed)
June – August: 7 days a week 8am – 8pm
September – October: 7 Days a Week | 8am – 8pm
November – December: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm
(closed Tues & Wed)
January – March: Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am – 5pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, 1st Mon. of deer (regular firearms) season, Christmas*, New Years* (*close at noon on eve of)



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