Every year thousands of people make the trek to the Pennsylvania Wilds to see the largest wild elk herd in the Northeastern United States. Some families visit during the fall rut to watch bull elk spar and bugle in an elaborate ritual to impress the ladies. Other travelers arrive in summer to find cows grazing with their offspring in a field. Others still are just passing through, only to stop in amazement at the sight of an 800 pound bull.
Elk are a stunning, unforgettable sight. Their presence is part of life
in many rural Pennsylvania communities, and a wonder to visitors. But
it wasn’t always this way. Pennsylvania’s elk herd was depleted in the
mid-1800s; it took decades and many resources to restore it to its
current health and grandeur.
Today, the area these majestic animals roam is called ‘Elk Country.’ The term refers to not only the elk, but the people of the region.
The mission of KECA is to make sure Elk Country is here for future generations to enjoy. Our goal with this website is two-prong: to help you experience elk in the wild in a safe and meaningful way that inspires good stewardship; and to provide you with ways you can help us with our conservation and wildlife education efforts.
If you are planning a visit, be sure to check out our Visitor Center and Links pages for information about viewing elk and for food and lodging suggestions. If you are interested in giving back, we offer several ways to get involved: through membership, volunteer opportunities, donations, or by renting the Elk Mountain Homestead for a family weekend escape.
We appreciate your support and hope you have a great stay in Elk Country! Can't be in elk country today? Check out our live feed "elk cam" to see if there is any wildlife present in the field at the Elk Country Visitor Center. On occasion you may also see our habitat improvement taking place as we lime, seed or fertilize the fields. To view the elk cam, click here.