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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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  • We hiked the west rim and the views are stunning! You can hike down the canyon to fish, but it is a rugged trail.  more »
  • Gives person several outlook points to gaze upon Pa's Grand Canyon. Nature lovers' paradise. Snowmobile the road in the winter.  more »
  • could not make it up the snowy road. they don't plow in the winter, made it 1/2 way up the canyon road, and had to back down the 1 lane road. very scary  more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful area. When on turkey trail make sure to wear the proper footwear. As the trailhead sign states it is at places very steep and not for inexperienced hikers. A word of caution, about 3/4 of a mile into the hike the original trail is washed out, a newer trail continues on but shortly afterward trail markings become non existent, you're on your own.
  • This area is known as the PA Grand Canyon! The views here are amazing, especially from the lookout area of Colton Point, but don't let that be your only stop! There are plenty of hiking trails and some phenomenal views as you are approximately 1000 feet above the bottom of the canyon.
  • The hike in the park offered many vistas. One of our friends also encountered a bear. Haba
  • Great tourist stop. Lots to do. Great pictures of the gorge. Bike trail, jog, walk. Kids love it.