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Camp Critter: Situated In The Heart Of The Free Roaming Elk Range In PA Wilds

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath camp that includes a spacious living and modern kitchen areas.

Camp Critter sits on 2 acres of wilderness, beautiful mountain views and fantastic fishing on site.

Camp Critter offers 4 queen-sized bunk beds and 2 full-sized bunk beds, 1 full bath and a fully equipped, large kitchen that includes a built-in microwave and dishwasher. Enjoy watching your favorite shows in front of the large fireplace on high-definition, satellite TV.

Camp Critter is located in a beautiful, wooded setting of Elk County right along Hicks Run that offers fantastic Trout fishing and family fun for all.

Camp Critter provides plenty of space for your outdoor activities or to just sit by a fire and watch the wildlife that often stop by to visit, including elk and deer.

Keyword: cabin, camp, lodge, hotel, motel, places to stay, house, apartment, B&B, Bed and Breakfast, vacation rental, rental, Elk County Lodging, PA Wilds, Pennsylvania Wilds

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Alan

GySgt (retired 1983-2003) United States Marine Corps. Born, raised and currently reside in Western Pennsylvania

Alan purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Alan chose Pennsylvania

2 acres of spacious, flat land surrounded by beautiful beech, pine and walnut trees that provides ample shading on those hot, summer days; not to mention a fantastic fishing stream runs through the back of the property. The wildlife is amazing to see which includes Elk, deer, bear, turkey and much more.

What makes this cabin unique

Wildlife viewing right on the property, including Elk and Deer. Step out of the back door and it's a very, short walk to Hicks Run for some fantastic Trout fishing

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at this cozy cottage. The fireplace was what brought us there, but there was so much more. The elk were plentiful and to watch the deer walk through the yard by the light of the full moon was an additional blessing. Meeting Allan and his wife was also a privilege.
Feb 2013
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Camp Critter: Situated In The Heart Of The Free Roaming Elk Range In PA Wilds
average rating of 4.56 based on 52 reviews

Private property very close to viewing of Elks

  • 4 of 5

The camp was very comfortable with everything you need for your stay. Well equipped kitchen. Large living room with fireplace. Large front porch. The bedrooms were a decent size with queen bunkbeds. Our bunk was very comfortable. Actually slept very well there. The fire pit out back by the creek was so nice to have. Be sure to bring your own firewood. The only complaint we had was the camp was infested with ladybugs.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Seen lots of elk and did lots of hiking. Can't wait to come back :)

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and peaceful place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is not fancy but is cozy, comfortable and equipped with everything you need! Bathroom is small but worked for us! Bed was squeaky but comfortable. Lovely front porch with picnic table and plenty of seating. Firepit in back yard with another picnic table next to creek. Located a half mile off 555 in quiet country setting, only 10 minutes from the visitors center in Benezette. Saw deer in the yard every morning and evening but did not see elk in yard as many others did. Great place for a peaceful vacation, especially to view the elk...saw many throughout Benezette. Owners very helpful and respond very quickly to any questions or concerns. We will definitely stay here again! The Kerstetter's

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Camp Critter. It was clean and well furnished. Loved the kitchen, very well stocked! The front porch with picnic table was a nice feature. We had a few meals there. Being able to have our pets there with us was very nice as well. Everything stated on the site was accurate. Would definitely recommend to family & friends. We saw many elk at the viewing center on Winslow Hill, short hike on the trail near there as well. Super views! We also did a quick stop for some wine tasting, and enjoyed some wine back at the camp, too. We are looking forward to another stay at this lovely cabin in the near future.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this cabin. It's a beautiful setting and close to elk viewing. Beautiful inside with spacious kitchen and lovely sitting room. We saw some deer in the early morning. Would love to spend a few days there in the summer just to be able to relax on the big front porch. This place is a"YES".

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Everything inside the cabin made the stay that much more enjoyable. We didn’t spend much time indoors though. We spent most of the time when we were at the cabin sitting on the front porch. The property was visited on Saturday morning and evening by a couple of whitetail deer. We heard turkeys meandering along the creek in the back on Sunday morning. Screech owls and Barred owls made their presence known on Friday and Saturday nights. The times we did spend indoors were enjoyable. The TV worked and the WiFi allowed us to post photos to Facebook to let our friends know we were having a great time. The living room has an awesome looking fireplace and the decorations around the house are really nice. The kitchen area is top notch and roomy. The beds were comfortable. All the rooms were clean.

The cabin is located a few minutes away from a prime Elk viewing location just east of Hicks Run Road. It is also located close to route 555 which made traveling to other elk viewing sites and local restaurants a breeze.

I cannot say enough positive things about the cabin. It has everything you would need to spend a weekend or a week. This is the perfect place to stay when you are exploring the areas around Benezette PA. I would recommend this property to anyone hoping to experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful section of the Elk State Forest.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Elk Country Visitor Center
Benezette Hotel Restaurant
Benezett Store and Restaurant
Nearest Barpub
8.5 Miles
Benezette Hotel & Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
PA RT 555 East/West
Nearest Restaurant
8.5 Miles
Benezette Store & Restaurant
Car: necessary

Elk viewing areas throughout Benezette and close to cabin. Elk bugle season begins in September and continues well into the month of October; truly fascinating to view and hear them 'bugling' in the wild and within close range...a must see event!! Visitors from all over come to witness this amazing show.


Rates & Availability

Driftwood Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Winter Rates
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Independence Weekend
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 100 Mile Yard Sale Season
Jul 14 2017 - Jul 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Elk Viewing/Bugle Season
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Elk Hunting Season
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Big Game Hunting Season
Nov 24 2017 - Dec 10 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Deposit $50
Damage Protection $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

- Use of firearms on property is prohibited
- Vehicle parking in driveway only; vehicles are not permitted to drive/park on or in any other location on the property without prior consent from the owner.
- All reservations of 7-30 days shall be consecutive in nature and cannot be spaced throughout the calendar year.
- Refundable Cleaning Deposit will be refunded 7-days after checking out provided that the cabin and grounds has been cleaned prior to you and your guest departure. Upon inspection by the owner; failure to clean the cabin and grounds shall result in your Refundable Cleaning Deposit NOT being refunded

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Driftwood Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom that includes tub/shower combo; vanity and toilet. Guest shall provide all bath towels/wash cloths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 bunk bed , Queen Sized Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , Queen Sized Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
  • 4-Queen size bunk beds; 2 Full size beds. No linens/blankets; bathroom towels; wash clothes provided...must bring your own
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
- Firearms usage NOT permitted on property - Cabin has an installed water- softening system to enhance water quality for all guest. - Cabin has USB outlets installed so guest can charge cell phones, ipads etc...

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