Over 2 million acres of public lands

  • Covering 12 counties
  • 109,000 acres of wild areas
  • 16,000 miles of streams and waterways
  • 2,067 wild trout streams
  • 1,800 camp sites
  • 1600 miles of designated trails for hiking, biking, skiing
  • 500 miles of horesback riding trails
  • 99 boat launches and so much more!

PA Wilds


Consisting of two million acres of public lands, the Pennsylvania Wilds is unsurpassed in natural beauty. Quaint towns immersed in charm. The largest elk herd in the northeastern United States. Welcome to the Pennsylvania Wilds – where discovery awaits.

You’ll find hundreds of miles of backpacking trails, bike paths, trout fishing streams, the Pine Creek Gorge (a.k.a. the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon), the Allegheny National Forest, and the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park. Nestled among the forests, valleys, and pristine countryside are cozy lodgings, rustic campgrounds, unique artisans, and more to do than you’ll be able to fit into just one trip – a perfect reason to return! To find more details on the parks, trails, attractions, and events in each county, visit www.pawilds.com.


One way to cherish your time in the Pennsylvania Wilds is to bring home the work of its local craftspeople. Dotted throughout the region, you’ll discover country stores tucked into nooks and crannies. Bake shops and kitchens that will tempt your taste buds with samples of sweet treats. Artisans crafting their wares in workshops and studios. Wherever you look, you’ll spot one-of-a-kind restaurants, hotels and merchants. The real beauty of this land is in its people, and their pride is evident – crafted into every unique item. To learn more about the Artisan Trail, click here.

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


January-March: Sat. & Sun. 8am-4pm

April-May: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-4pm

June-August: 7 days a week 8am-8pm

September- October: 8am-dusk

November- December: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-dusk


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