Welcome to Elk County

The Bennett’s Valley has evolved from Seneca Indian Territory in the late 1700’s into an area whose primary industry has become tourism.

The first documented intrusion of white men here was William H. Bennett who followed the waterways here to trap. According to his accounts there were a series of beaver dams from Caledonia to the head of Kersey Run. He took animal hides from the area, and left his name on what is now Bennett’s Branch.

Once claimed by Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the Seneca Indian’s, Bennett’s Valley became under the sole jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania following the Revolutionary War. The land was purchased by New Holland Land Company who in turn sold the land to settlers who like Bennett followed the waterway here.

The first major industry here besides farming was logging as the area was known for its huge Pine Trees.  There was so many log rafts and later logs flowed down the Bennett’s Branch that for years Williamsport was known as the lumber capital of the nation.

Then came the coal industry that included coal and stripping mining including coke ovens. This had a very negative impact on the area; polluting many streams, scars from the strip mines. Over the past number of years there has been major reclamation projects both cleaning up the streams and scars from the open pit strip mines.

Native Pennsylvania Elk once inhabited the area but became extinct along with wolves, mountain lions and panthers, all though some have claimed recent panther sightings. In the early 1900’s Colorado Elk were introduced in several different parts of Pennsylvania, but the only ones that survived were those released in Bennett’s Valley.  These elk grew in major portions, some claim there are 1200 or more Elk roaming the local hills and valleys.

Today, literary thousands of tourist come to view the Elk, take pictures and hunt for sheds. In addition to the Elk the area is one of the finest hunting areas and native trout fishing streams in the state.

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Bennett's Valley – Tourist Directory

Attractions

ATVs

Building Lots for Sale

Benezette, PA

(814) 894-2471

Benezette, PA

(814) 894-2471

Camp Grounds

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-7456

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-4656

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-5214

Churches

Force, PA

(814) 787-4151

Weedville, PA – 1907 Redwood Ave.

(814) 787-8292

Caledonia – 3335 River Rd.

(814) 787-5891

Benezette – 256 Winslow Hill Rd.

(814) 787-5891

Drug Stores

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-4400

Elk Viewing Stations

Benezette, PA – Winslow Hill


Driftwood, PA – Hick Run

(814) 486-3353

Porcupine Run Elk Lookout

Benezette, PA – Winslow Hill


Emergency 911

Penfield, PA

(814) 637-5512

Byrnedale, PA

(814) 787-5298

For Emergencies Only – 911

St. Marys, PA

(814) 788-8000

Ridgway, PA

(814) 776-6136

Horse Back Riding

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4656

Information

PA

(814) 849-5197

Lodging

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-7327

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4842

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-8926

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-8025

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4240

Benezette, PA

(814) 771-4861

Benezette, PA

(877) 818-1014

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-5168

Benezette, PA

(877) 818-1014

Benezette, PA

(877) 818-1014

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4977

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-5356

Medix Run

(814) 787-5214

Benezette, PA

(717) 859-4886

Benezette, PA

(412) 951-5301

Benezette, PA


Weedville, PA

(814) 787-7525

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4212

Restaurants

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-7456

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-5005

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-8749

Force, PA

(814) 787-8266

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-4040

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-5337

Medix Run

(814) 787-5920

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-7545

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-8079

Byrendale, Pa

814-787-7788

Stores & Craft Shops

Grant, PA

(814) 787-5834

Medix Run, PA

(814) 787-4660

Winslow Hill, PA

(814) 787-8749

Grant, PA

(814) 787-4622

Weedville, PA

(814) 787-4004

Wineries

Benezette, PA

(814) 787-4000

Benezette, PA

(814) 834-WINE(9463)

Neighboring Attractions

Bicycle Rentals

Ridgway

(814) 776-6285

Canoeing

Ridgway

(814) 389-2732

Clearfield

(814) 765-1410

Ridgway

(814) 776-6285

Golf Courses

St. Marys

(814) 834-7888

St. Marys

(814) 834-3602

Ridgway

(814) 772-1015

Emporium

(814) 486-7715

Hiking Trails

Memorials

Museums

Ridgway

(814) 776-1032

St. Marys

(814) 834-6525

Clearfield

(814) 768-7318

Sterling Run

(814) 486-6355

Overlook

Parks

Clearfield County

(814) 765-0630

Ridgway

(814) 778-5467

Johnsonburg

(814) 965-2646

Sinnemahoning

(814) 647-8401

Sportmen's Stories & Clubs

Ridgway

(814) 772-6510

Ridgway

(814) 773-3237

St. Marys

(814) 834-9318

Clearfield

(814) 765-9273

Kersey

(814) 458-9373

St. Marys

(814) 834-4375

Tours

St. Marys

(814) 834-2875

Contributors to this site are welcome provided they relate to tourism of the area – no fee or charge.

Contact James Burke.