PA Grand Canyon

Tioga County is home to 3 state parks, 2 federal parks, seven lakes, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Pine Creek Gorge/PA Grand Canyon

Tioga County’s claim to fame is the Pine Creek Gorge, otherwise known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. The Gorge is surrounded by 165,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest making it a truly pristine area to visit. The area abounds with outdoor activities including horseback riding, canoeing, rafting, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, and much more – any time of year.

Pine Creek Gorge, or the PA Grand Canyon is a 47 mile long, 1,000 feet deep gorge that winds its way through a cast wilderness landscape of breathtaking beauty. You’ll enjoy spectacular vistas from the Leonard Harrison & Colton Point State Parks scenic overlooks. Both parks offer easy access rim trails and more challenging hikes to the bottom of the canyon past tumbling waterfalls. The area is picture perfect and wildlife frequents the area – so don’t forget your camera!

If driving is your preferred way to see the canyon, there is a self-guided driving tour that will take you through 300,000 acres of unspoiled terrain surrounding the canyon. For more info, click here.

Pine Creek Rail Trail

The Rail Trail offers year-round recreation for visitors and locals alike. The 63.4 mile trail was voted by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to take a bike tour”. Whether you bike, walk, horseback ride, or ski the trail, you’re sure to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the great outdoors. For more info, click here.

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Leonard Harrison State Park

On the east rim of the canyon, the 585-acre Leonard Harrison State Park has modern facilities, a visitor center and the most famous scenic views of the canyon. On the other side of the canyon is Colton Point State Park. For more info, click here.

Colton Point State Park

On the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the 368-acre Colton Point State Park resonates with the rustic charm of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of the 1930s. The rugged overlooks offer great views of the canyon. On the other side of the canyon is Leonard Harrison State Park. For more info, click here.