If you go
Elk watching: For information on where to find elk, hiring guides, lodging and packages, contact the Northwest Pennsylvania's Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at www.pagreatoutdoors.com or (814) 849-5197. For the Pennsylvania Game Commission, go to www.pgc.state.pa.us. For general information on visiting Pennsylvania, go to www.visitpa.com or call (800) VISIT-PA.
Accommodations: St. Marys, 17 miles from Benezette, has a Best Western (1002 Earth Road, 814-834-0000, $56 to $70 a night), a Comfort Inn (195 Comfort Lane, 814-834-2030, $63 to $82 a night) and The Towne House Inn (138 Center St., 814-781-1556, nightly rates starting at $53), an early 1900s Victorian mansion converted to an inn and restaurant.
Other attractions: Besides elk, the area affords visitors the chance to see other wildlife and beautiful mountain scenery. Visitors can also hike, camp, snowmobile, ride horses, hunt and fish. The Straub Brewery (303 Sorg St., St. Marys, www.straubbeer.com) offers complimentary beer from the "eternal tap," Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays until 1 p.m. For tours of the brewery, offered some weekday mornings, call (814) 834-2875.