Near Snow Shoe in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Discover Elk Scenic Drive
There's no telling exactly how many elk once roamed free throughout Pennsylvania. From the Allegheny National Forest to Kettle Creek State Park, the loud bugles of the male bulls could be heard calling the female cows to mate. But, by the mid-1800s, the Pennsylvania population was reduced to living in a small area in Elk County. And the last native Pennsylvania elk was killed near Ridgway in 1867.
Realizing their historic and geographic importance, the Pennsylvania Game Commission set about to restore this once proud herd and bring them home. Between 1913 and 1926 they released 177 elk from the Rocky Mountains and pledged to give them a safe haven to live and breed. Today, Pennsylvania's elk population has come roaring back, the herd estimated to be about 600 strong with calves being born every year.
To help you discover these majestic creatures and other wildlife, we've mapped out the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127-mile route that winds its way through three state forests and three state game lands. You can hear bull elk bugle from the Gilbert Farm and Dent's Run sites on Winslow Hill. Or photograph
Take your time (it'll take you about four hours). If you listen carefully, the land will tell its story in the rich language of bird songs and animal tracks, in the late-summer cadence of grasshoppers, in the resounding splash of a beaver's tail at dusk. Observe patiently, and you will see many of the wild inhabitants of this varied and beautiful landscape.
Erected by Pennsylvania Wilds.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Charity & Public Work • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 41° 0.861′ N, 77° 57.339′ W. Marker is near Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Interstate 80 at milepost 146, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the I-80 Eastbound Rest Area Comfort Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Snow Shoe PA 16874, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keystone Shortway (here, next to this marker); St. Severin Old Log Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); Miller's Landing (approx. 8˝ miles away); Antes (approx. 8.8 miles away); Bald Eagle's Nest (approx. 10.1 miles away); Plumbe Forge (approx. 10.7 miles away); Philip Benner (approx. 11.2 miles away); Karthaus Furnace (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Elk Scenic Drive. Pennsylvania Wilds website entry (Submitted on September 17, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania Wilds. Website homepage (Submitted on September 17, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 17, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.