The 5 Best Roadside Attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area

Roadside fall foliage at the Marion Brooks Natural Area

If you’re looking for some of the best things to see and do in the Quehanna Wild Area, you’re in the right place!

Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in Elk County PA
Teaberry Loop Trail Vista.

The Quehanna Wild Area is one of the largest unpopulated areas in Pennsylvania – 75 square miles of forest, streams, and mountain meadows, crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of trails and forest roads.

Fall foliage along Paige Run in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Fall foliage along Paige Run above Table Falls.

So where do you begin exploring this vast expanse of wilderness, especially if you haven’t got a lot of time?

Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area
Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls.

Follow along as I share with you 5 of the best roadside attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area, all requiring little to no hiking!

A map to the best roadside attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area.
A map to some of the best roadside attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area.

All 5 of these can easily be seen within a few hours, and I’ll include a few more short hikes at the end of the write-up for those looking to make a full day of it in the Quehanna Wild Area!

Brilliant fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County, Pennsylvania.
Red Run Gorge Vista.

1. Marion Brooks Natural Area

The Marion Brooks Natural Area is 975 acre portion of the Quehanna Wild Area, named in honor of local environmental activist Marion Brooks.

Marion Brooks Natural Area Memorial in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Marion Brooks Natural Area Memorial.

The Marion Brooks Natural Area is located at the intersection of the Quehanna Highway and Losey Road, at GPS coordinates 41.26519, -78.27818.

October in the Marion Brooks Natural Area Elk County PA
October in the Marion Brooks Natural Area Elk County, PA.

The big draw here is a 22 acre roadside portion of the Natural Area that is composed largely of white birch trees, making it the largest stand of white birch in the eastern United States.

Marion Brooks Natural Area white birch in October.
Marion Brooks Natural Area white birch in October.

The Marion Brooks Natural Area is a beautiful and easy spot to check out, no matter the season.

Winter scene at the Marion Brooks Natural Area in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Winter scene at the Marion Brooks Natural Area.

2. Beaver Run Dam Wildlife Viewing Area

Beaver Run Dam Wildlife Viewing Area sign in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Beaver Run Dam Wildlife Viewing Area sign in the Quehanna Wild Area.

The Beaver Run Dam Wildlife Viewing Area is located near the intersection of Quehanna Highway and Beaver Run Road, with the parking lot located at GPS coordinates 41.26117, -78.25802.

The wildlife viewing blind at Beaver Run Dam in the Quehanna Wild Area.
The wildlife viewing blind at Beaver Run Dam in the Quehanna Wild Area.

350 yards from the parking area, down a flat, forested trail, you’ll find a waterfront viewing blind where it’s not uncommon to see wild birds of all sorts, including nesting osprey in the spring.

Nesting osprey pair at Beaver Run Dam in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Nesting osprey pair at Beaver Run Dam in the Quehanna Wild Area.

And of course there’s always a chance to see elk feeding near the breast of the dam, which is what draws people from around the northeast to this region of Pennsylvania.

An elk smelling the air at the Visitor Center in Benezette.

For these wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as the overall scenery, Beaver Run Dam is certainly a worthwhile roadside pitstop in the Quehanna Wild Area.

View from the Beaver Run Dam wildlife viewing blind.
View from the Beaver Run Dam wildlife viewing blind.

3. Teaberry Loop Trail Vista

The Teaberry Loop Trail Vista sits approximately 330 yards from an unmarked but obvious roadside pull-off along the Quehanna Highway, located at GPS coordinates 41.26361, -78.25174.

Springtime view from Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Springtime view from Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

A well-worn and yellow-blazed trail leads you from the pull-off to this remarkable vista overlooking the Paige Run and Red Run valleys.

Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Autumn view from the Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

4. Table Falls

Table Falls is one of the prettiest little waterfalls in the Quehanna Wild Area, and it is located just a few yards from a marked parking area along Red Run Road.

A September view of Table Falls, flowing high and clear on Paige Run.
A September view of Table Falls, flowing high and clear on Paige Run in the Quehanna Wild Area.

If you’re navigating by GPS, use coordinates 41.27051, -78.24738 to guide you to the Table Falls parking area.

The parking area for Table Falls, located next to the bridge over Paige Run along Red Run Road.
The parking area for Table Falls, located next to the bridge over Paige Run along Red Run Road.

From there, follow the obvious trail downhill from the back of the parking area, along the stream, to Table Falls 50 yards downstream.

Table Falls along Red Run Road in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Table Falls along Red Run Road in the Quehanna Wild Area.

This waterfall looks best after the spring thaw or a heavy rain, so if you’re visiting during a dry spell don’t expect it to look nearly as full as it does here.

Table Falls in the Elk County portion of Quehanna Wild Area
Table Falls.

5. Wykoff Run Falls

Wykoff Run Falls is located right along Wykoff Run Road, midway between the Quehanna Highway and the town of Sinnemahoning.

A fisherman at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County
A fisherman at Wykoff Run Falls.

If you’re navigating by GPS, use coordinates 41.26783, -78.15288 to guide you to the roadside pull-off next to Wykoff Run Falls.

How to find Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area
A map to Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

While it looks good in any season, the same caveat applies here as at Table Falls.

Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in Cameron County PA
Winter at Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Namely, if you are visiting during a dry spell, don’t expect much!

Fall foliage at Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Fall foliage and low water at Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Nearby Attractions

The Abandoned Nuclear Jet Engine Testing Bunkers are all that remains of a government-sponsored attempt to build nuclear jet engines at this facility hidden away in what is now the Quehanna Wild Area.

Abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunker entrance.
One of the abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Eventually the project was scrapped, the radioactive contamination cleaned up, and the area was turned into the Quehanna Wild Area, as it is know today.

Observation windows in the nuclear jet engine testing bunkers.
Observation windows in the nuclear jet engine testing bunkers.

The hike to the bunkers involves a flat, half-mile hike along the remnants of a paved road to the formerly-secret testing facility.

Nature reclaiming the road to the abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Nature reclaiming the road to the abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunkers.

Parking for this hike is right along the Quehanna Highway near gate 251 (don’t block the gate!) at GPS coordinates 41.23694, -78.20354.

Gate 251 guarding the road to the abandoned northern nuclear jet engine testing facility in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Gate 251 guarding the road to the abandoned northern nuclear jet engine testing facility in the Quehanna Wild Area.

The ingeniously-crafted Kunes Camp is an abandoned hunting camp built between two massive boulders in the early 1900s in what is now the Quehanna Wild Area.

A young hiker at Kunes Camp in the Quehanna Wild Area.
A young hiker at Kunes Camp.

The hike to Kunes Camp follows an easy, yellow-blazed trail for one mile through the forest to reach the boulder field where the rock-walled structure was built.

The abandoned Kunes Camp in early spring.
The abandoned Kunes Camp in early spring.

Park at a marked roadside pull-off along the Quehanna Highway at GPS coordinates 41.21636, -78.17210 and follow the yellow-blazed Kunes Camp Trail 1 mile to the remains of the cabin.

Kunes Camp Trail sign near the Quehanna Highway.
Kunes Camp Trail sign near the Quehanna Highway.

And as always while in the Quehanna Wild Area, keep your eyes peeled for possible elk sightings along the trail!

Elk standing near the parking area for Yost Run Falls.

Red Run Gorge Vista

Red Run Gorge Vista is one of the best off-trail scenic overlooks in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Panoramic view of Red Run Gorge Vista in early November, 2021.
Panoramic view of Red Run Gorge Vista in early November, 2021.

Red Run Gorge Vista is locatedĀ less than a half-mile from the Quehanna Highway, in the Elk County portion of the Wild Area.

Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Elk Country Visitor Center

Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette Pennsylvania
Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette

Speaking of elk, if you’re in the Quehanna Wild Area you’re only 30-40 minutes away from the unofficial Elk Capitol of Pennsylvania – the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette!

Entrance to the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette.
Entrance to the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette.

This lodge-like facility is free to visit and offers a wealth of opportunities to learn all about Pennsylvania’s thriving elk herd, as well as to see real live elk grazing on some of the food plots on the property.

Elk Country Visitor Center food plot.
Elk Country Visitor Center food plot.

Hyner View State Park

Hyner View State Park in neighboring Clinton County is home to one of the finest roadside scenic vistas in all of PA!

Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.
Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.

This mountaintop state park allows you to drive right up to a stunning lookout over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

View from the hang glider launch at Hyner View State Park.
View from the hang glider launch at Hyner View State Park.

20 Fantastic Roadside Scenic Overlooks

Pennsylvania Elk Country is home to some incredible views, and you’ll find the best ROADSIDE ones to reach in “The 20 Best Scenic Overlooks in PA Elk Country”.

Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
The roadside Square Timber Vista in the Elk State Forest.

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Rusty Glessner is a professional photographer, lifelong Pennsylvanian, and a frequently-cited authority on PA's best travel destinations.