42. Elk Trail, Elk State Forest, Pennsylvania (16 miles)Learn More
Pennsylvania has one of the largest wild elk herds in the eastern United States. Once native to the region, PA’s elk were wiped out in the 19th century but have thrived since being reintroduced in the 70s. This two-day ramble through a 200,000-acre state forest takes you into prime elk habitat. The well maintained, straight yet rolling trail mostly follows old logging and wagon roads, unused railroad grades, and two-tracks laid by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Cold-water springs along the way provide opportunities to refill your canteen. If you go in October during the rut, you’ll hear the elk bugling day and night.
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