Elks Ride Preview
This 263 mile ride is a great
combination of great roads, scenic views, and things to see.
The ride follows rolling
(Best Of the
Road) and Route 44 (BONE Road) west to
Mountain Road (newly paved!) Follow Hyner Mountain Road to
Hyner View State Park &
its scenic lookout (BONE View):
Hyner View - West View
Hyner View - East View
Route 120 (BONE
Road) is a pretty ride that follows the West Branch of the
Susquehanna River and travels through Bucktail State Park.
The route continues west on PA Route 555
(BONE Road) which is another great ride. Stop in Benzette to visit the
majestic elks at the Elk
Country Visitor's Center. You first meet meet this statuesque
buck in front of the entrance:
Elk Statue at Visitor's Center
If you are lucky, you may see a herd run
past like I did. I got the camera up for the last few stragglers:
Elk herd running past
The elk visit 3 main grazing areas. You
can use the interactive PC video tracker in the visitors center to
find where they are. The elk are most active early and late so try to
get here before mid-day.
Find the Elks PC video
Lunch will be a picnic in Kettle Creek
State Park. Pick up food after visiting the Elks at the Benzette
Hotel Restaurant (call
ahead at 814-787-4240 - it opens at 11:00). There is still one hour of
riding before eating so stow your chow and get ready for some twisties.
Ride some of the best twisties in the
State are on Wycoff
Run Road (BONE Road). Wycoff is #5 on the list of NER Favorite
Northeast U.S. roads:
Wycoff Run Road
Turn right on Route 120 and enjoy the
river views before turning left onto Kettle Creek Road. This narrow,
curvy road brings you to Kettle Creek Park. Enjoy your feast with a
great water view! Park admission is free and it has a picnic area,
grills, and restrooms.
Kettle Creek State Park
Leave the park and then turn south on PA
Route 144 (BONE Road). The twisties between here and Renovo are some
of the best in the State.
Turn east on Route 120, but do not let the
great views lull you into complacency - more twisties are coming! Turn
north on Route 664 (BONE Road) for some more curvy fun. You will smile
at the end of this one.
Continue on Route 44 and Route 973 back to
Williamsport. (approx 6 1/2 hours without stops).