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Rustic Getaway In The Heart Of The Pennsylvania Elk Range

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

1 Bedroom+Enclosed Loft, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

Nestled in the heart of the Pennsylvania Elk Range, Camp Can’t Keep Up offers a scenic retreat for families, couples, hunters, anglers, and nature enthusiasts.

With one private bedroom as well as an enclosed loft, Camp Can’t Keep Up is the perfect cabin for a romantic retreat, family vacation, or sportsman’s outing. Whether you are sitting one of the back porch swings listening to the water of Hicks Run, enjoying a dinner cooked over the fire, or warming yourself by the wood burning stove, Camp Can’t Keep Up offers a beautiful, rustic escape.

Enjoy amenities that include a full kitchen complete with a full-sized refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, electric range and oven; one and a half baths, a washer and dryer, central air conditioning and heat, as well as satellite TV and unlimited local and long distance calling.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing for trout in Hicks Run, watching wildlife at the Hicks Run viewing area, or hunt, hike, or mountain bike on the state game lands surrounding the property. Just a short drive away are additional elk viewing areas, restaurants, gift shops, wineries, antique shops, and other outdoor attractions.

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Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman

An unlikely pair, Bryan grew up in Marion Center, Pennsylvania where he was raised on the family farm, tending to fields, and hunting and fishing when he got the chance; Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and when she came to Indiana County, PA to attend IUP, she fell in love with the outdoors and never left the area.

Bryan's family has a camp on Wolf Lick, and since he was a child, Bryan grew up fishing the streams in Elk Country, and hunting bear and whitetail deer in the abundant State Game and Forest Lands. Needless to say, Bryan's roots as an outdoorsman run deep, and still today, he is an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper.

Almost a decade ago, Jennifer was introduced to Elk Country by Bryan's dad, Ed, and the two have put on countless miles photographing elk and sightseeing. Despite growing up in the city, Jennifer developed a deep love for the outdoors, she is an avid trail runner and hiker, and also likes to hunt and fish.

Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Bryan Lukehart & Jennifer Helman chose Pennsylvania

With many fond childhood memories of Elk Country and his family's camp on Wolf Lick Run, Bryan bought the piece of land that Camp Can't Keep Up now sits on around 2005, built by hand with the help of friends and family, Camp Can’t Keep Up has sat alongside the banks of Hicks Run since its completion in 2008.

Bryan cultivated many fond memories with his family, but especially his two children at this cabin over the years, fishing for trout, hunting whitetail deer in the state game lands, elk shed (antler) hunting, biking, cooking over an open fire, and just enjoying the beauty of nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

What makes this cabin unique

Camp Can't Keep up sits alone on a generous 1.5 acre lot, that is backed by Hicks Run. a well-stocked trout stream. Situated a mile off of the main highway, Hicks Run Road is perfect for running and biking, with very little traffic. The cabin has beautiful mountain views and the porch swings are perfect for drinking your morning coffee and listening to the creek. Kids of all ages love the swings and rope swings! The outdoor cooking area is large enough to accommodate the entire family!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

Rustic Getaway In The Heart Of The Pennsylvania Elk Range
average rating of 4.8656716 based on 67 reviews
Rural Valley, Pennsylvania

Lovely Location

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat visitors to Camp Can't Keep Up and we were delighted to see that it had only improved since our last visit. This location is absolutely lovely- nestled in the valley with a beautiful stream out back. Everything we needed was supplied and the owners are very accommodating and a true pleasure to work with. If your goal is peace and quiet in a rustic and cozy cabin- this is the place for you. It's ideal for a couple- but can host even more people if complete privacy isn't a must.We stayed with our blended family members - 4 other adults and 5 children and I loved sleeping under the same roof together! We hope to return again and again!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Bear hunters

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin, we enjoy hanging out at the fire pit and looking at the mountains and stream that goes through the back yard. Had an elk walk-through the yard while we were enjoying our stay. Can't wait to come back for a third year!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Heaven in the hills

  • 5 of 5

WOW! Where to begin? This cabin, the area, the wildlife, everything was picture perfect (your web photos were right on). The cabin is beautifully and perfectly furnished, even down to everything you could possibly want or need in the kitchen. We didn't see elk in the yard but they were all around, even on the road coming in. Beautiful! We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay and will definitely be back. Thanks so much for your hospitality and we'll see again (soon I hope). Best Thanksgiving ever. Oh, I almost forgot, the creek in backyard was fantastic!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I looked forward to getting another opportunity to view the elk in Benezette, Pa., our 3rd consecutive year. This is the first year we tried a private cabin. Considering that we didn't know the week we chose was hunting season, we still saw plenty of elk, including a herd of 19 that my wife counted with an enormous bull elk and two smaller bull elks in the herd. The description of a "Rustic Getaway..." probably was unfair as it's much better then rustic, with the many amenities, including a large great room with nice flat screen TV and comfortable rocker, sofa, and love seat. The kitchen had a very nice refrigerator and was very nice overall. The dining area had a nice table with seating for 6. Outside gave a view of a tall mountain, a nice stream, swings to enjoy, and peace and quiet privacy. We did have trouble understanding how to connect to the internet but that problem was solved relatively quickly.

It was a nice touch, and made us feel welcome, with the personalized signed that greeted us.

Dates we stayed: November 1 through November 3rd, 2016.

We would highly recommend Camp Can't Keep Up to our friends and relatives.

Steve and Joann

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Had a GREAT time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Camp Keep Up from 10/27 to 10/31. Our adult daughter and son and his family stayed also.

Our grand-kids had a super time while there with the creek and rope swings. The house was clean and roomy. We visited the Elk Center and also some of the elk viewing areas. My wife wanted to hear some bugling and did hear bugling. She was thrilled. The cabin was was well stocked, more than we expected.

Many thanks to Bryan and Jennifer

Tony & Karen

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great time in elk country

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Bryan and Jennifer's cabin for two nights, hoping to see some Pennsylvania elk. We saw over 100 elk, including some massive bulls. Even heard some bugling.

Very nice rustic but yet modern cabin. Got the wood burner stoked up for the cool evenings and relaxed. Out in the mornings for hiking and more elk viewing.

The trip was everything that we hoped it would be.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Driftwood Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bath - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • First Floor Bedroom - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Enclosed Loft - 5 double
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Camp Can't Keep Up is a hand-built, rustic mountain retreat with enough amenities to make even the novice mountain-dweller feel right at home!

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