Experience the natural beauty of more than a half-million acres of the Allegheny National Forest ... canoe the wild, beautiful Clarion River ... hike, mountain bike, or cross-country ski along the many trails ... fish, boat, water-ski, or swim in our pristine waters .... hunt for whitetail deer, bear, turkey, ruffled grouse ... all this and more. And only minutes away.
East Branch Dam is a 1,370 acre, 5.7 mile lake that offers two camping sites, two boat launches, picnic areas, and some of the state's best fishing for brown trout, lake trout, small mouth bass, tiger muskies, walleye, perch and brook trout.
Twin Lakes and Bendigo State Park are just a short distance away and offer facilities for swimming, picnicking, fishing and hiking.
One of the most popular attractions in Elk County is the elk herd. These massive creatures stand about five feet high and can weigh from 500 to 1,000 pounds. They can most often be seen near the St. Marys Airport or in the town of Benezette, approximately 20 miles south of St. Marys. A public viewing area is located on Winslow Hill. The best time for viewing is generally early in the morning or just before sunset.