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October 25, 2014 / mws

2014 Northcentral PA

October 2014

Fall Road Trip!!!  We left south central Pennsylvania Monday morning and traveled northwest through central PA and into Potter County. The fall colors were in their glory especially around the State College area.  We arrived at the lovely Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast in Cherry Springs, PA.  Frosty Hollow is about a 10 minute drive from Coudersport, PA and a little less than an hour from the PA Grand Canyon.

This was our second trip to Frosty Hollow and it is truly a restful place well off the beaten track!  We stayed in the spacious Roseberry Loft with country accents and touches of home. The hosts provide a superb country breakfast and tales of northern Pennsylvania. Joe and Gail told us that about 60% of their guests are from the York and Lancaster area.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

The Kinzua Bridge State Park opened in 1970. The Knox and Kane Railroad offered steam driven trains from Marienville to and across the bridge from 1987 until 2002. The bridge partially collapsed when a tornado came through the area in 2003.  We had visited here sometime before 2003 and walked across the bridge. I recall being a little nervous about the safety of the structure but I guess it took a tornado to take it down!  Here are some photos from 1995 when we first visited the bridge.

Now there is the Kinzua Sky Walk with an observation deck with glass panels that enables visitors to look down at the remaining parts of the bridge. The Kinzua Bridge State Park features scenic picnic areas, overlooks and hiking trails.  Construction crews were busy working on the creation of a Visitors Center to be completed at the end of 2015.

Grand Canyon of PA

Located in the Pine Creek Gorge, the scenic Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania spreads out over 50 miles and reaches depths of 1000 feet.  The west rim is visible from Colton Point State Park and requires a short hike to see the widespread view.  Leonard Harrison Park provides an easy walk to a viewing area on the east rim of the canyon . There is also camping and a gift shop at Leonard Harrison Park.

Elk County

Elk County is a wonderful outdoor area of Pennsylvania known for the wild elk herd that roams on the hillsides in their natural habitat.  It is the largest free roaming elk herd east of the Rockies.

New to the county is the splendid Elk County Visitor Center on Winslow Hill in Benezette, PA.  There is a country store, a hotel/restaurant and cabin rentals available in the area.  Benezette is located on the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127 mile outing through some of  Pennsylvania’s most rugged and beautiful country.

To see more photos of our 2014 Northern PA trip, click here

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“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world. There is always something to make you wonder…the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”
– Albert Schweitzer

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  1. mws / Aug 28 2015 10:08 am

    Winslow Hill is the area where we saw them

  2. mws / Aug 28 2015 10:07 am

    We were there mid-morning and got lucky enough to see the elk in an area just to the left of the main viewing field.(had to drive down a side dirt road) We heard them before we saw them!!

  3. Favorite Son / Aug 28 2015 9:51 am

    Wonderful post and gorgeous photos. At what hour of the day were you able to see the elk?

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