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Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • I drove here for a day trip with my fiancĂ© and my dog. The view is gorgeous and really impressive. It's a really nice place to walk and hike as well. My fiancĂ© and I went to the Colton State Park view...  read more »
  • The Pine Creek Rail Trail is the trail of the month as chosen by Rails to Trails Conservancy, an organization that deserves support from every bike rider and hiker in the United States. The trail dese...  read more »
  • It might take hour to get from somewhere down inside the canyon (where pine creek flows) to the upper rim of the canyon to one of the scenic overlooks (where the views are great). Just two different v...  read more »
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