While camping last fall in the Tioga-Hammond Lakes campground, we decided to make a trip into Mansfield, Pennsylvania to look for a recommended lunch spot. On the way we decided to pull into this welcome center, and boy were we glad we did. It actually was the highlight of our day.
Of course the restrooms were pristine, and vending machines offering snacks and drinks were conveniently located in there too.
This overlook also offers great photo opportunities of the Tioga and Hammond Lakes, a project of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Camping at the Ives Run Campground along the shores of the Hammond Lake is probably my favorite place to camp among all the campgrounds we have camped at in Pennsylvania.
We stretched our legs a bit, nosed around, had some fun....
and then came across this:
The rangers explained that a local man loaned this Pennsylvania elk mount to the visitors center as a temporary display. I would love to see one of these in the wild. Obviously these animals can get quite large.
All in all, this visitor center is definitely worth a look-see. Don't miss it if you are in the area!