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Colton Point State Park, Wellsboro

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Colton Point State Park is a 368acre Pennsylvania state park in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is on the west side of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is 800ft deep and nearly 4000ft across at this location. The park extends from the creek in the bottom of the gorge up to the rim and across part of the plateau to the west. Colton Point State Park is known for its views of the Pine Creek Gorge, and offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing and hunting, whitewater boating, and camping. Colton Point is surrounded by Tioga State Forest and its sister park, Leonard Harrison State Park, on the east rim. The park is on a state forest road in Shippen Township 5mi south of U.S. Route 6.Pine Creek flows through the park and has carved the gorge through five major rock formations from the Devonian and Carboniferous periods. Native Americans once used the Pine Creek Path along the creek. The path was later used by lumbermen, and then became the course of a railroad from 1883 to 1988. Since 1996, the 62mi Pine Creek Rail Trail has followed the creek through the gorge. The Pine Creek Gorge was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968 and is also protected as a Pennsylvania State Natural Area and Important Bird Area, while Pine Creek is a Pennsylvania Scenic and Wild River. The gorge is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which have been reintroduced to the area.
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  • Opposite side of the canyon from Leonard Harrison State Park, however, there is no disappointment here. Winding roads and vista overlooks. Beautiful.  more »
  • Saturday night and we were the only ones at the 2 vistas. Very few folks allow the great sights to be appreciated. West side.  more »
  • We loved our visit to this breath taking park. We went in May and the weather was comfortable. The view was spectacular and I would love to see it in the fall. We will definitely go back to see the fa...  more »
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  • What a beautiful place. The Colton point side of the gorge is far less developed than the the Leonard Harrison side but I believe that just adds to it's beauty. The rugged trails and overlooks make you feel like you've found a forgotten corner of the state!
  • Great views here if you love nature this is the spot for you. Also take a camera and get breath taking photos for you Social Media
  • Spent around an hour here. You can drive along the west rim of the pine creek gorge, bearing the ill fitting title of "PA grand canyon". The Tioga region is beautiful nevertheless! There are 4 or 5 overlooks, 3 of which you can drive right upto. This was a side stop on our stargazing trip to cherry springs state Park, nearby.
  • Canoe through Pine Creek every year. Such a beautiful area.
  • Home of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Not quite as grand as the real Grand Canyon but much closer for easterners. Great hiking opportunities ranging from easy walking on the Pine Creek rail trail to the more challenging Rim trail down to Pine Creek (and back.) Come in the fall for spectacular colors.