Hop on the back of a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh at the new Elk Visitor’s Center, which is the best place to spot members of the East Coast’s only elk population (the animals roam within an 800-square-mile range). Lounge by a crackling central stone fireplace, or catch a screening of a 22-minute film that provides a sobering look at Pennsylvania’s checkered ecological past.
Track elk, bears, bobcats, eagles, and timber rattlesnakes with Hicks Run Outfitters (814-787-4287; firstname.lastname@example.org), owned by experienced husband-and-wife guides Jeff and Janet Colwell in Driftwood, just outside Benezette. Guided four-hours trips cost $170 for groups up to twelve people.
Witness the rusted beauty of the Sky Walk at Kinzua Bridge State Park, built as a railroad viaduct in 1882 and blown over by a tornado in 2003. After an extensive renovation, the “bridge” will reopen by the spring of 2011 as a new park, but for now you can occupy yourself with the network of hiking trails among the eleven collapsed trestles, where wild turkey, deer, and bald eagles have taken up residence.