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The 3,192-acre Elk State Park is in the rugged mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The 1,160-acre East Branch Lake is large enough for unlimited horsepower boating and is great for waterskiing. The lake and nearby streams are stocked with warm-water and cold-water fish.

hiking
7 days ago

Did a couple miles with my two 3 year olds and 4 year old. Beautiful hike, kids loved it. Would like to hike more of this trail when Elk are in rut

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked this trail twice now, and plan on coming back with my wife and small daughter. It is a level hike most of the way with a lot of laurel. The rock formations at the far end of the loop are fascinating and the vistas are very nice. The trail is very well marked. I did see a rattlesnake on one trip and I am sure there is a good chance of seeing many more, so some caution is advised.

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6 months ago

Nice easy hike up an old logging road to check out the fall foliage.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail and wonderful fall hike. My fitbit said it was about 5.5 miles. The "Rock City" part was pretty cool! There was a dead elk in between the two tall rocks you walk between at one point! The two lookouts are stunning as well. I wore hiking boots and I'm glad I did because of the amount of rocks on the trail.

backpacking
6 months ago

Awesome trail, well marked and great for beginners. Elk and whitetail deer are plentiful for extra viewing pleasure. My 8 year old son and I completed the loop in under 3.5 hours.

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11 months ago

Great hike! Lots to see and very quiet! Saw 3 large Elk and a bunch of dear. Looking forward to coming back!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

10/14 to 10/16/16: Beautiful weekend on trail. Watched elk heard over food plot one evening. 12 cows, 2 bulls and one huge king bull. Bugles heard all night long. Hiked 20 miles. Awesome experience.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

This trail has some of the most beautiful vista views I've seem. I plan to do it again in the fall when the foliage is in full color. The rock loop is incredible also. The only drawback was that several portions of the trail were rather rocky so you had to walk with you head down so you wouldn't stumble.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

I love this trail! My family has made so many memories hiking on this trail and climbing the rocks that are alongside the path! Definitely recommend!

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

was a fun trail to hike. not hard on the body and seeing the rocks and vistas was great lots of neat rocks to climb on and explore. it took us about 3and half hours to complete. oh it had great markings too.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

5 stars for the views and cause its an absolutely wonderful trail. it had great markings and lots to do. we found a buck pocket knife and dobby's home geocache. great for a day hike.

rock climbing
Monday, September 15, 2014

Very fun place to boulder climb. Rocks are located about halfway around the loop. lots of different rock formations from 5' boulders to huge 20'+ boulders

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

A very nice trail. Hiked with a group ages ranging from 7-71. Dogs enjoyed it too, but bring them water, very little to none on trail, depending on recent weather. Large boulders a couple miles from trail head, made for some nice pictures. Only made it to one vista, another nice photo op. Trail head is clearly marked and is several miles up Mason Hill Road (a non-paved, narrow road). Mostly flat trail until a couple miles in.

on Fred Woods Trail

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hiked this with my son today. Took us a little less than 2.5 hours. Great views! Windy and Snowy.

camping
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Completed this trail the first weekend of October. This is a little late in the year to catch the elk in rut, but September was a little warm for my liking's. We started Friday evening at the Dents Run trail head and walked to the top of the hill for the first nights camp. We ended on Sunday around 1:00 P.M. at Benezette.

I would recommend the trail in mid to late September if you want to here and see the elk. Also, get a map or GPS track. You may lose the trail since it is not marked the best.

I also recommend stopping in at the Benezettte Hotel for a great Elk Burger and Straub's beer. Hike your own hike!

hiking
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weather was extremely hot, no rain.

Entered Eastern trail head at little bear run mid afternoon Friday. Exited little bear run trail head mid afternoon Sunday.

Trail Notes: Challenge finding water first water was at Shaffer Draft. That is where we camped both nights. Next water was found at Bell Draft near the spring area.

Followed hiking trail until the spring near Bell Draft then hoping to find additional water began return loop on the horse trail past markers 6 and 5. Marker 5 seemed closer to the zigzags then shown on the map. All streams including the horse watering station marked along that area were dry.

The pipe line gave the best views for possible elk sightings. Additional possibilities for feeding elk sightings - Traveling from Little Bear Run to Shaffer Draft a large food plot is situated just before Shaffer Draft and another new food plot along the horse route. Both food plots were very dry.

Wild Life Sightings One nice Bull Elk in velvet. A few whitetail does. A pair of skunks - one black with white stripes and one white with black stripes. A fawn being chased by a coyote. Several whippoorwills.

camping
Friday, August 26, 2011

I love this trail. Water sources were plentiful throughtout. We hiked this in the middle of July 2011... a very dry month, and had no concerns about running out of water. This is a linear trail, so bring two cars for both ends. If one starts at the trailhead off Dent's Run Road, the camping is excellent. We hiked perhaps four to five miles in on the first evening then set up camp. We heard Cotote, saw elk, deer, a porcupine, squirrel, rabbits, turkey, pheasants, grouse throughout the hike. On the second day, we pretty much cleared the rest of the trail, but wanted to spend another night. The closer one gets to town, the newer the forest, thus more undergrowth. Camping along the creek is perhaps less than desireable. We hammock camp, so we were off the ground. We knew we were close to town... so did the bears. As soon as we started cooking (at 8:15 PM) The bears came to join us. Not going into great detail, we chose discretion over valor, packed up and left. ...We got back to Benezette, drank a beer and drove back to the trail head. This trail was made up of old logging roads, looked like old power line paths etc. But I loved this hike. Unlike most of the other ones I've done, I felt like I was on Animal Kingdom.

on Whittimore Tower

hiking
Sunday, October 31, 2010

All uphill to the tower and when we got there the dog was very tired. We sat at the base of the tower and enjoyed the view and snacks for about an hour then a quick downhill to the truck. Dog was loaded with ticks.

on Fred Woods Trail

hiking
Thursday, September 23, 2010

All around great trail. Level for the most part and it was marked well. We went left at the start of the loop. Go right if you want to see the rocks before the vista. The vista would have been great if I could have stopped, since it was pouring and flashing lightning I didn't go out and expose myself in the opening. Twice I got down on my knees to get low when the lightning flashed and the thunder roared at the same time. By the time I got to the rocks the rain had stopped and we (the dog and I) explored a little bit before the rain started again and forced us to get going again. This took us three hours but I packed in a lunch so we could stop and enjoy it before the rain, plus several stops so I could water the dog. Would recommend doing this on a dry day and taking the time to spend checking out the rocks. The linear trail to the loop is .7 miles and the actual loop is 3.05 according to the signs.

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on Fred Woods Trail

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