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Colton Point State Park, Wellsboro

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 180 reviews on the web
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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  • Yes it was beautiful. Not well marked and really nothing else. I really almost drove by it if there wasn't a gaurd there I would've. Pa could do a little better here. 
  • Visited east and west rim of the Pa Grand canyon. Many overlook areas to chose from. We also visited the tower ($3 per person) which gave a 360 view of the beautiful colors in mid-October. Beautiful a...  read more »
  • We visited this park after visiting Leonard Harrison Park for the views of the PA Grand Canyon from the opposite side. The only portion of the park we saw was at the beginning of Colton SP, that of a ...  read more »
  • Great tourist stop. Lots to do. Great pictures of the gorge. Bike trail, jog, walk. Kids love it.
  • Secluded, clean, well maintained rustic campsites.
  • What a view. Truly enjoyed the overlook view. It was so easy to see the entire canyon. We enjoyed the lovely Fall colors, and the turkey vultures flying up and down the waterway. This is at the top of our revisit list.
  • This is Pennsylvania, so naturally this is a beautiful place! You can overlook the PA Grand Canyon.
  • Awe inspiring views.
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