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Elysburg, PA

A Northumberland County Treasure

Elysburg's Three Primary Attractions: Knoebels Amusement Resort, Weiser State Forest and Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

The small town of Elysburg in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania is perhaps best known as being the home of Knoebels Amusement Resort, a family-owned and family-operated amusement park.

Other attractions near Elysburg include a beautiful natural area called Weiser State Forest, Roaring Creek Tract as well as the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA).

Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg

Knoebels Amusement Resort, sometimes called Knoebels Grove, is located in Elysburg, PA. Knoebels Amusement Resort spans more than 200 acres. Knoebels is a family-owned and family-operated amusement park. Knoebels is America's largest free admission amusement park and also offers free parking and free picnic facilities. Knoebels offers nearly 60 rides including two world-class wooden roller coasters.

In 2011 Knoebels celebrated its 85th anniversary. 1926 marks the formal beginning of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA.

Lodging Near Knoebels in Eysburg

For those who enjoy camping, Knoebels campground features over 550 sites and 36 log cabins. After the January 1996 flood, Knoebels purchased and the restored the Lake Glory Campground about five miles from Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. Today this facility features over 150 sites and a dozen log cabins.

Hotels Near Knoebels in Elysburg

Glosser Motor Inn is the only hotel in Elysburg, but within 20 minutes of Elysburg, visitors can find dozens of hotels in Shamokin Dam, Selinsgrove, Danville, and Bloomsburg.

Knoebels Has Received Many Awards

Knoebels Amusement Resort isn't a stranger to awards. The park and its rides have won awards from organizations such as Amusement Today, American Coaster Enthusiasts and The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

The park has won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket award for best amusement park food eleven years in a row (2011). Knoebels has also won numerous awards for the Phoenix wooden roller coaster, Grand Carousel, Haunted Mansion, and other rides.

Weiser State Forest, Roaring Creek Tract near Elysburg

The Roaring Creek Tract is located within the Weiser State Forest, off of Route 54, outside of Elysburg and Bear Gap.  A large valley extends eastwardly from Shamokin Creek for a distance of 16 miles, and is bounded on either side by continuous mountain chains, Big Mountain being on the south and Little Mountain on the north. Through this valley flows the water of the South Branch of Roaring Creek. The South Branch of Roaring Creek begins at the head of this valley and flows westward about 10 miles before it breaks through Little Mountain at a point known as Bear Gap.

Hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, electric powered boating, biking, wildlife watching, nature study, and cross-country skiing are all encouraged. Fishing is catch-and-release only at this time.

Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area near Elysburg

The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) is currently in the planning phase. In December 2011, AOAA was awarded $1.5 million in state funding (through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) for further development of the AOAA and its 6,500 acres of land.

Things to Do in Elysburg: Fall Wine Festival

Elysburg, PA hosts a Wine Festival at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course in mid-October. The wine festival in Elysburg includes nearly a dozen wineries that provide samples of their local wines and also features live music. Historically, the following wineries have participated:

  • Benigna's Creek Winery
  • Stonekeep Meadery
  • Brookmere Winery
  • Spyglass Ridge Winery
  • Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery
  • Red Shale Ridge Vineyards
  • Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
  • Shade Mountain Winery

How to Find Elysburg, PA

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“Four distinct seasons, four sense-tickling reasons for being here. The Susquehanna River Valley – see it, smell it, feel it, taste it, live it, love it.” – Joanne Arbogast, Managing Editor at The Daily Item and Editor of Inside PA Magazine