Elk State Forest

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Elk Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps. 

Elk State Forest derives its name from the great numbers of elk that once thrived in the area. Located mainly in Elk and Cameron counties, it comprises almost 200,000 acres of northern hardwood forest. Today, visitors can once again see elk in the meadows and openings scattered throughout the state forest. This is one of eight state forests located in the PA Wilds region and features the Elk Country Visitor Center and a portion of the Elk Scenic Drive.

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2017 District Management Acitivity Plan
The district management activity plan is ready and available for public questions and/or feedback. View it here.

Proposed property exchange between DCNR and PGC near Benezette.
DCNR-Bureau of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) are proposing an exchange of property interests in Benezette Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania. PGC proposes to convey 291.43 acres of State Game Lands 311 along the north and south sides of Gray Hill Road just west of Benezette.  In return, the Bureau of Forestry proposes to convey 291.43 acres of Elk State Forest that is adjacent to State Game Lands 311 and near the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail just north of Benezette. Download the complete notice and map of the proposed exchange.

A 30-day period for public inquiry and/or comment commences June 6, 2015 and ends July 5, 2015.  Oral or written comments or questions concerning this proposed exchange may be addressed to:  Mr. Ryan Szuch, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552; telephone: 717-787-2980; email:  rszuch@pa.gov.  All oral and/or written comments will become part of the official document used in the final decision process.  Written documents are also available regarding the proposed land exchange by request.


Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail changes forthcoming.
Changes to the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail in Elk State Forest will safeguard natural resources and enhance the experience of all horseback riders. Download the press release and map.

Snowmobile Trail Re-route
East Branch Dam Trail System has been re-routed between Wildwood Tower Road and Deer Pen Road, Jones Township, Elk County. Download a map detailing the new route.
Don't Move Firewood
To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.