Leonard Harrison State Park, Wellsboro

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Leonard Harrison State Park is a 585acre Pennsylvania state park in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is on the east rim of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is deep and nearly across here. It also serves as headquarters for the adjoining Colton Point State Park, its sister park on the west rim of the gorge. Leonard Harrison State Park is known for its views of the Pine Creek Gorge, and offers hiking, fishing and hunting, whitewater boating, and camping. The park is in Shippen and Delmar Townships, west of Wellsboro at the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 660.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 63.4mi Pine Creek Rail Trail has followed the creek through the park. 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 wife and I stayed at the campground a few years ago and loved it. It is a small campground with most sites in the woods and a few in the sun. The showerhouse is clean and updated. The place is full...  more »
  • We were a bit late in season at late October, but still some good color and clear views. Calling it a Grand Canyon is a big exaggeration but still a good view. We thought the explanation of the Depres...  more »
  • OK...not as big as the one way out west, but tons of waterfalls. It's only a mile down to the river from the top and it was a very scenic hike.  more »
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  • Awesome views and good hiking trails. Be careful on the trails though. Some places are very close to the edge of Canyon. They have a tourist center that teaches you about the wildlife and logging industry as well as how the work corps helped to develop the area.
  • Spectacular views of the canyon. There is a one mile walking trail to the bottom on the Turkey path. We did not walk this yet. There is a visitors center which tells about the history of the place. An audio and video plays constantly. Very cool. Also a small gift shop with refrigerator magnets, hats, sweatshirts, and shirts. When we were there, there was a small vendor with ice cream and drinks. There was local honey for sale also. Worth the trip from wherever you are from. Very cool! Download an offline map, service is non existent here.
  • Went tent camping there for 4 night's in July with 2 adults, a 15yo and 5yo. All of us enjoyed it immensely and there are lots of sight seeing chances nearby as well.
  • The view was very nice in a beautiful fall day. We did the trail along the lookout points, not the Turkey trail down to the valley. A decent place to spend couple hours in the great canyon of PA, can't compare this to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • Set up beautifully. We weren't able to hike because my boyfriend has bad knees. The paved walkway with railing made viewing the canyon from different angles possible. We actually went there 2 days. The first day was in the afternoon when the sun was bright & had begun to set. The second day we went earlier. I recommend going before 2P on a sunny day. I'd love to go back in the fall.

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