Day One: The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
See what takes flight at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, a southern gateway to the Pennsylvania Wilds. The inn, with its LEED-certified green technology, is a hub for bird watching in Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County. Take in the sweeping views of F.J. Sayers Lake and surrounding mountains where bald eagles nest and migratory birds stop for a respite. The inn and surrounding park offer seasonal programs about bird identification, migration and bird calls. Viewing stations and trails make it easy to spot our winged and four-legged guests. Sleep in downy comfort and wake up to a hearty breakfast set in front of a grand fireplace.
Day Two: Elk Country Visitor Center
For a rare glimpse of Pennsylvania’s only elk population, head northwest from Bald Eagle to the Elk Country Visitor Center (1.5-hour drive). Take the road less traveled on the Elk Scenic Drive, one of the most picturesque backcountry trips you can take in Pennsylvania. Along the way, stop at natural areas, overlooks and viewing blinds. In Benezette, you’ll find the East’s premier elk-watching facility, the Elk Country Visitor Center. In addition to elk-watching trails and viewing stations, the center features a 4-D immersive theatre, interactive displays, educational programs and a gift shop stocked with memorabilia and artisan crafts. Nearby accommodations include the adjacent Homestead and B&Bs just a short drive away.