The Cross on the Hill near Benezette in Elk County is both an inspiring roadside attraction and a gorgeous scenic overlook!
Erected in 1990, the Cross was envisioned as an interfaith memorial and a place for meditation and spiritual healing.
A Prayer Walk was added to the site in 2014, stretching 80 yards from the parking lot along Gray Hill Road to the Cross.
The Prayer Walk features scenes from the Bible, cut out of iron.
These pieces of metal artwork were created by inmates at Fort Leavenworth.
The views from the base of the Cross are of the Spring Run Valley.
The Cross stands 13 feet tall and 8 feet across.
In many ways the Cross on the Hill in Elk County strikes me as the “country cousin” of the Jumonville Cross in Fayette County, a 60 foot-tall steel cross perched high above Uniontown.
How to Find the Cross on the Hill in Elk County
From the intersection of Route 555 and Gray Hill Road near Benezette, follow Gray Hill Road 3.3 miles to the Cross on the Hill, which will be on your right hand side.
Or if you prefer to navigate via GPS coordinates, use 41.314532, -78.455938 to find the parking area along Gray Hill Road (also shown as Mount Zion Road on some maps/navigation systems.).
The parking area is large enough to hold 8-10 cars.
The Cross on the Hill is open to visitors from dawn until dusk year-round, although there is no winter maintenance of the site.
A kiosk near the parking area has donation envelopes if you’d like to contribute to the upkeep of this special place.
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