Elk State Park

Hidden between the vast Elk State Forest and the East Branch Dam, Elk State Park is somewhat of a forgotten gem.

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Quick Stats:

  • Located-
    • 18 miles from Kane, PA
    • 15 miles from Johnsonburg, PA
    • and 13 miles from Bendigo State Park
  • Main Recreational Activities-
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Picnicking
    • Hunting
    • Hiking

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This was my second stop of the day, as I had already visited Bendigo State Park in the morning. As I mentioned in my previous blog post about Bendigo State Park, this is definitely just a day trip-type-park. It’s great for the community, but not an especially great tourist destination, which leads me to…

The Downfalls:

Although this park is very beautiful, there isn’t much to do without a boat. The State Park technically only has 1 designated picnicking area, 2 boat-launches, and a 0.5 mile hiking trail. The park is almost completely inaccessible, unless you can kayak or boat your way to it. I really wish I had my own kayak, because I believe that there is some hidden gems to be discovered on the shorelines, if only I could get there!

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Also, it must be mentioned that the East Branch Dam (this technically isn’t part of the State Park) is currently under renovation. The construction crew, and their equipment, have taken over some picnic areas and, from what I could tell, the overlook as well.I’m not sure when the project will be finished, but I will update this post when it is!


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Can’t believe my first summer weekend is over! I’ve decided to limit myself to only visiting Northwestern, PA for the better part of the summer. There is just so much to explore up here, that I want to properly experience it all!

Also, I’d really like to include some more educational type things on the blog. I found a childhood book yesterday that was completely about the Allegheny watershed. It talked about different creeks, wildlife, plant life and so much more. I’m hoping to create similar things on here. Would you all be interested in that sort of thing? Let me know in the comments!

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