Elk Country Visitor Center

The Elk Country Visitor Center is located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The Visitor Center offers its visitors an exciting and educational opportunity to experience all things Elk Country. The 245-acre property is prime habitat for elk and other wildlife. The Center and its grounds are managed and operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance—a 501 ©(3) nonprofit wildlife conservation organization. (For a list of the Center’s policies, please click here)

At the Elk Center, guests can use our touchscreen interactive panels to learn about the history of elk, elk behaviors, the LEED Gold Certified Visitor Center, as well as test their knowledge of various species of wildlife. The Discovery Room is packed full of elk and other Pennsylvania wildlife artifacts that visitors can learn about. Our Gift Shop proudly sells items only produced in the USA—with most items crafted by local and regional artists. Be sure to also sit in on our brand NEW 4D Theater where you will be taken 'inside the herd' to learn even more about the history of elk in Pennsylvania! $5.00 per person, kids under 5 are no charge.

Outside, visitors can walk our three short nature trails that lead to stonewall viewing areas. Our 90-acres of forage plots are planted by KECA staff and volunteers and consist of preferred elk crops such as: alfalfa, clover, oats, and winter wheat. As you walk about the Center and its grounds, please feel free to ask our dedicated staff questions about Pennsylvania’s elk herd, Pennsylvania wildlife and what else visitors can do in the area. As many visitors often say, there is always something new to learn at the Elk Country Visitor Center!

As the Keystone Elk Country Alliance continues to place conservation education at the forefront of its mission, KECA has continued to expand its educational opportunities. With the construction of the ECCO (Elk Country Campus Outdoors) Building, our Conservation Education staff is able to accommodate schools, scout troops and other civic groups of all sizes! 

Situated a short walk away from the Elk Country Visitor Center, the ECCO Building compliments the Center in its LEED “Gold Certified” Designation. This 3,200 square foot structure features glass walls that not only provide captivating views of Elk Country, but also can be opened to transform the building into a giant outdoor pavilion. In addition, the ECCO Building contains a kitchenette, restrooms, and a towering fireplace made of stones from the Visitor Center’s property. With its beautiful charm and premier elk viewing location, the ECCO Building has also become a prestigious destination for group tours, weddings, reunions, and other social events when it is not being used for educational purposes. 

Year-round educational programs and social events are possible as the ECCO Building is heated by a highly-efficient Biomass Boiler. Six heating zones emanate heat from the boiler and lie in an even pattern under the floor—providing comfortable radiant floor heating. The eco-friendly design of the ECCO Building parallels KECA’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” philosophy as the organization continues to model exceptional stewardship practices for both children and adults. For more information regarding educational programs and special events held at the ECCO Building, please select the appropriate link. 

ECVC Wagon Rides

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides typically take place at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend until Halloween—weather permitting! Guests are permitted to reserve their spot on the wagon the day prior to the ride beginning at 8 am either in person (will be handled first) or by phone (814-787-5167) Rides fill quickly as seats are limited.  (No reservations Elk Expo or Columbus Day Weekends) exclusions apply. Please be aware, however, that we do not allow guests to place reservations on our answering machine, you must speak to a Guest Relations Coordinator in order to reserve your spot on a wagon. If you have reserved a spot on our wagon rides,  Please call ahead for weather updates. Please note that our Guest Relations Coordinators do their best to accommodate everyone—however, seating is limited and the demand for wagon rides during the fall season is high. Thank you!

Wagon Ride Policy:
If you reserve seating on our wagon ride, you must be here 30 minutes prior to your ride time in order to check in and pay for your ride. You must be at the designated loading area 15 minutes prior to your ride time. If you are not present and accounted for at the above times, we reserve the right to open your seat(s) to on-hand guests. During peak season of Sept/Oct you should plan on arriving one hour in advance due to heavy traffic. Thank you.

Brick Pavers

Would you like to be a permanent part of Pennsylvania’s Elk Country? Our brick pavers in the memorial walkway into The Center allow you to remember a loved one, memorialize your family, or just say you love Elk Country.

The Elk Country Visitor Center is located at 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA. However, please use 950 Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system. For more information regarding the Elk Country Visitor Center, please call us at 814-787-5167 or visit us at ElkCountryVisitorCenter.com.

**Please no Pets on the trails or on the Center grounds. Please leave them at home for their safety and the safety of our wildlife.**

Upcoming Events

June - August:
7 days a week 8am – 8pm
September – October:

7 Days a Week | 8am – 8pm
November – December:
Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
January – March:

Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am – 5pm **Closed Easter Sunday
April – May:
Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm
(closed Tues & Wed)
**Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, 1st Day of Buck, Christmas, New Years**