Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County is one of the best off-trail scenic overlooks in the Quehanna Wild Area.
But just because it’s off-trail doesn’t mean it’s difficult to get to, if you know where to look!
And that’s exactly what I’m going to show you in this article – how to find Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County.
Directions to Red Run Gorge Vista
Red Run Gorge Vista is located less than a half-mile from the Quehanna Highway, which effectively cuts an east-west path through the heart of the Quehanna Wild Area.
Where to Park
Parking is located at a small lot along the north side of the Quehanna Highway at GPS coordinates 41.26361, -78.25174.
The first portion of the hike to Red Run Gorge Vista utilizes the yellow-blazed Teaberry Trail, which exits the back of the parking lot.
After following the Teaberry Trail for a short 0.22 miles, you’ll come to Teaberry Trail Vista.
Teaberry Trail Vista
Teaberry Trail Vista has you looking down the Paige Run Gorge, Paige Run being the stream upon which Table Falls can be found far below.
The Off-Trail Portion of the Hike
From Teaberry Trail Vista, you’ll be heading off-trail to the northeast for 0.4 miles to Red Run Gorge Vista.
The Boulder Field
Approximately halfway between Teaberry Trail Vista and Red Run Gorge Vista, you’ll pass through an area I’m calling the “Boulder Field”, for reasons which will be obvious to you when you visit.
You’ll find the Boulder Field at GPS coordinates 41.26676, -78.24743.
Reaching Red Run Gorge Vista
From the Boulder Field it’s a simple matter of following the ridge through mostly open woods another 0.2 miles to Red Run Gorge Vista, located at GPS coordinates 41.26881, -78.24521.
Along the way you’ll pass some of the largest patches of ground pine I’ve seen anywhere in PA.
The view from Red Run Gorge Vista is to the northwest, in the direction of the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette.
The Return Hike
The return hike from Red Run Gorge Vista is a simple matter of backtracking to Teaberry Trail Vista, then picking up the yellow-blazed Teaberry Trail back to your vehicle.
The Marion Brooks Natural Area, located 1. 4 miles west of the Red Run Gorge parking area, contains a 22 acre stand of forest composed largely of white birch trees, making it the largest stand of white birch in the eastern United States.
The abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area are remnants of a secret Cold War-era military-industrial operation that went on here from 1955-1960.
The Abandoned Kunes Camp in the Quehanna Wild Area is a testament to backwoods construction ingenuity!
Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area is a roadside attraction popular with both sightseers and fishermen.
As mentioned previously, Table Falls is located in the gorge below Teaberry Trail Vista, and you can drive to within a few yards of it.
Decker’s Chapel in Elk County is the smallest church in Pennsylvania, and one of the smallest churches in the entire United States!
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