Emporium, PA, USA
Christmas in the Wilds
Details: Friday December 13 9:00am - Saturday December 14 9:00pm EST
Christmas in the Wilds set for Friday and Saturday December 13 and 14. Friday night is the holiday house tour, which will include the Hygrade Inn. Saturday begins with breakfast with Santa, vendors lining downtown and a parade. Saturday night kicks off the house decorating contest.
Kinzua Bridge State Park, Viaduct Road, Mount Jewett, PA, USA
Kinzua Bridge State Park
A 30 minute drive from the Hygrade Inn, the 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in McKean County, is the home of the reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado during 2003.
Reinvented as a pedestrian walkway during 2011, visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, and gaze down through the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.
Austin Dam Memorial Park, Pennsylvania 872, Austin, PA, USA
Austin Dam Memorial Park
a 25 minute ride from the Hygrade Inn, the Austin dam failed less than a year after its completion in 1911, unable to hold back the massive potential energy of the water pooling behind it. When bowing started becoming apparent after only a few months, dynamite was used to blow a 13 ft. hole in the structure to release some of the pressure–it was no use.
The failure was a disaster for the town of Austin, as the raging torrent of water unleashed by the crumbling of the dam destroyed numerous buildings and roads, including the paper mill that supplied most of the jobs and powered the economy of the town. Even worse, 78 people were killed in the disaster.
Then, it happened again.
Pine Creek Rd, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, USA
Pine Creek Rail Trail
A 45 minute drive from the Hygrade Inn, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is one of Pennsylvania’s destination trails, and for good reason. The 62-mile well--maintained trail runs at the bottom of überscenic Pine Creek Gorge, commonly called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Small towns along the route cater to trail visitors, and numerous trailheads, comfort stations, campgrounds, and lodging make extended stays possible. The finely crushed limestone surface is best suited for hybrid bikes; a service road next to the trail from Ansonia to Tiadaghton Campground (just northwest of where the trail intersects T357/Tiadaghton Road) is open to equestrians as well. It’s a good trail for families, but remember that bicyclists age 12 and under must wear a helmet.
8288 1st Fork Rd, Austin, PA 16720, USA
Sinnemahoning State Park and Wildlife Center
Sinnemahoning State Park is a 1,910-acre (773 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Grove Township, Cameron County and Wharton Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania. The park is surrounded by Elk State Forest and is mountainous with deep valleys. The park is home to elk and bald eagle, among other wildlife. It oalso offers a state-of-the-art educational center. The George B Steveson Dam is open to fishing, kayaking, conoeing, as well as bird watching and other activities.
Sinnemahoning State Park is on Pennsylvania Route 872, eight miles (13 km) north of the village of Sinnamahoning. In 1958, the park opened under the direction of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry: it became a Pennsylvania State Park in 1962.
950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA, USA
Elk Country Visitors Center
Taken from the Elk Country Visitor Center Website. We could not have said it better:
The Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier elk viewing location and is home to the largest wild elk herd in the northeastern United States. The Elk Country Visitor Center is designed specifically to help you experience these majestic animals year round and to learn more about elk, other wildlife and this amazing ecosystem. The Center is managed and operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife conservation organization whose mission is “To conserve and enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations“…No state funding goes into the operation of the Center.
Elk are truly awesome creatures, and are an unforgettable sight for visitors to this special region of Pennsylvania. This world-class, eco-friendly visitor center offers panoramic views, interactive exhibits, a 4-D immersive story theater, a fabulous gift shop, and a hands-on Discovery Room for younger visitors. Outside, you can explore well-tended wildlife trails, elk observation areas, and viewing walls.
Viewing Elk: Elk are wild animals, and we can’t promise you will see them during your visit–but we can offer some tips to improve your chances! The fields surrounding the center are planted with alfalfa, timothy, clover, and winter wheat to attract the elk. The best times to view are early in the morning, just after day light, and in the hours before dark. Elk do not like the heat, and they will bed down in the shade where it is coolest during the day. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars for better viewing!