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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  • Nice view of PA Grand Canyon but not a nice as Leonard Harrison state park. It's worth seeing both sides of the canyon.  more »
  • To get to park and views drive curvy Colton Rd till you get to park. Turn left into park. A short distance ahead is a left turn onto a one way road. Take this (probably no RVs) as it runs along rim wi...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to be to the overlook before midmorning and saw it with fog and mist collected in the valley - ethereal and picturesque. Nice to be a little past peak leaf peeping season and midw...  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.
  • Not quite like the actual Grand Canyon, but still beautiful. Fewer tourists, too!

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