Discover the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania at Leonard Harrison State Park.
It’s easy to see why Pine Creek Gorge is nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.” This natural wonder stretches nearly 50 miles and reaches depths of over 1,000 feet. Head to Leonard Harrison State Park in Wellsboro to explore the gorge’s vistas, waterfalls, and trails. Although Pine Creek Gorge boasts breathtaking views throughout the year, it is especially impressive during the fall foliage season, which runs from late September through mid-October. The park also has helpful amenities like a visitor center and modern camping facilities, which make it appealing to families and first-time visitors.
You can also view the gorge from Colton Point State Park. It’s on the western rim of the gorge, right across from Leonard Harrison State Park. Colton Point is a bit more secluded and rugged, making it perfect for adventure seekers.
The Pine Creek Rail Trail runs through both parks. This 62-mile trail runs along the bottom of the gorge from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore. Its gentle grade makes it perfect for hiking and biking, as well as cross country skiing in the winter. Horseback riding is allowed on some portions of the trail. You can even catch a covered wagon ride in Wellsboro.