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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  • my second time on this trial, and will plan another trip for next fall. it is just a beautiful place not too far from home....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Beautiful view during the fall. Would recommend for anyone during any Fall Foliage trip.
  • The camping here was great. The camping area was quiet. A short walk from the campsite was the vista for the canyon. It was also a short car ride to the Pine Creek rail trail. Only about 8 campsite were occupied for labor day weekend. Remember the pay the camping fee, since the rangers do come around each night.
  • On the other side of the canyon from Leonard Harrison state park. There are great places to view the canyon. No amenities as far as gift shops, and food. Very quiet, as most everyone is on the other side. My favorite place to view the canyon and the water below. Narrow paved road leading up the mountain, follow the speed limit, and be kind to others, traveling the opposite way, please! Download an off line map, service is spotty, at best!
  • I had a great time there and a wonderful experience with friends. It's a great part with a wonderful landscape and views. It was well worth spending a couple days there to see the sights.
  • Beautiful but better for someone that can hike.you miss so much if you can't go on hikes,some areas are steep but what a view small water falls wildlife.can't see everything in a day
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