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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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  • worth the visit nice hikes available for the family, winter will make it hard to hike. the view is worth the trip from Wellsboro.  more »
  • We had booked a camping site at the Leonard Harrison State Park. We were intrigued by the title: PA’s Grand Canyon. The main attraction was not too far from our campsite. That was certainly a bonus! T...  more »
  • this view is so amazing. dress warm if here in winter.. Very wndy and cold, snowed every day we were here.  more »
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  • I was underwhelmed by the state park supposedly the Grand Canyon of the East did not live up to the hype. I did pick up a nice t-shirt though.
  • This is definitely very nice place to visit. It has nice view. There are couplel trails available for hiking. There is a small gift shop next to the parking lot as well as a self service visitor info center. There are several waterfalls near by. You can drive your bicycle for many miles on the bottom of the canyon along the river.
  • Very pleasant camp grounds with a clearing if you're brave enough to sleep under the stars. Not to mention the PA Grand Canyon is within walking distance. Breathtaking
  • Amazing views. In mid-October this year it was probably one week before peak color.
  • This particular state park has the hardest hiking trail around mostly because is an immediate decent to the bottom. There is a great view of a waterfall on the trail and a river at the bottom to cool off.