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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 into the Allegheny Plateau by Pine Creek in north-central 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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  • Nice and easy, packed down trail. Peak foiliage is 1st week of October. We missed it by a month but it was cool to see half frozen waterfalls! Take the hike!  more »
  • Watch out for the biting flies along the pine creek bike trail. Need to ride 10 mph to keep flies off you.  more »
  • We made it eventually, but typing Pine Creek Gorge into Google Maps or Waze will take you to a creek on the side of a road, which is about an hour away from Leonard Harrison State Park, which is where...  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. Hikes are pretty easy with great views. Pets are welcome even at a few of the local hotels. There are camp grounds in the area as well.
  • It was a beautiful drive & will go back again.
  • THIS IS NOT THE SCENIC PA CANYON OVERLOOK. I REPEAT, NOT THE PA CANYON. The true PA Canyon overlook (according to the locals) is in a town called Wellsboro that is an hour north of the Waterville area. I learned this only the hard way. I hope to save other adventurers the trouble.
  • The Pennsylvania Grand Caynon. I can only hope to return in the fall. Gorgeous views.
  • I heard some wonderful things about this place so tomorrow I'm on my way there
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