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Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania

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Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47mi gorge carved by Pine Creek in Pennsylvania. It sits in about 160000acre of the Tioga State Forest. The canyon begins south of Ansonia, near Wellsboro, along U.S. Route 6 and continues south. Its deepest point is 1450ft at Waterville, near the southern end. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, it is more than 800ft deep and the distance rim-to-rim is about 4000ft.FormationPine Creek had flowed northeasterly until about 20,000 years ago, when the receding Laurentide Continental Glacier dammed it with rocks, soil, and other debris. Glacial meltwater formed a lake near the present town of Ansonia, and when it overflowed the debris dam, the creek flooded to the south. Ultimately, it carved a deep channel on its way south to the West Branch Susquehanna River.Protected areasThe Pine Creek Gorge National Natural Landmark includes Colton Point and Leonard Harrison State Parks and parts of the Tioga State Forest along of Pine Creek between Ansonia and Blackwell. This federal program does not provide any extra protection beyond that offered by the land owner. The National Park Service's designation of the gorge as a National Natural Landmark notes that it "contains superlative scenery, geological and ecological value, and is one of the finest examples of a deep gorge in the eastern United States."
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  • It is quite easy to get to great viewpoints. If you are in the area in mid October, the leaf peeping should be great. Probably crowded on weekends. There is a walkway to the canyon floor, but be aware...  more »
  • I visited this state park in October and camped at a primitive campsite overnight with a friend. The parking location is less than half a mile from the primitive campsites, and is well maintained. The...  more »
  • The Pine Creek Gorge and the Grand Canyon of PA are one in the same per the PA DoC map. It is bordered on the East rim by Leonard Harrison State Park and easily accessible from Wellsboro, PA and Rte 6...  more »