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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  • October 4, 2017
    Wonderful views of the grand canyon. Easy paved walking trails for older visitors or more challenging trails through the woods. We've done the difficult Turkey Path down to the stream and biking trail...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Our trip to Pa Grand Canyon was really nice. It would be super just a little later in the year when the trees have turned color. We were just a little early. But the weather was great. This is easy ac...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Didn't have time to do a canoe trip or bike trip in the canyon, but Turkey Path down & then back up the side was very nice. The 1.2 mile trip back up was quite strenuous but very scenic.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful, breathtaking Scenic views. It's great for a quick stop just to take into Scenic views in every direction for miles. There's also a nice easy and even handicap accessible 1 mile loop trail with very nice views. Then there's always the turkey path which is a little bit of a harder hike. It's about 1.25 miles down and then you turn around and go 1.25 miles right back uphill , that's the part that gets you, that uphill hike is a workout. But the views and the waterfalls are amazing and well worth the hike.
  • June 16, 2017
    Sitting on the eastern rim of the Pine Creek Gorge, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Leonard Harrison State Park will show you views you'll remember for a long time to come. If you have the time and don't mind a fairly strenuous hike, I highly suggest taking the Turkey Path to the bottom of the gorge and back. It is a beautiful hike and well worth the effort!
  • May 31, 2017
    Amazing walking , biking trails , forms one end of the PA Grand Canyon. Should go during fall weather to see the wonderful colours but summer and spring is good too. It gets chilly as the evening and night falls. It has camping sites and bed and breakfast information at the visitors center.
  • June 6, 2017
    For starters all of the views and vistas were fantastic! The rangers office and visitor station where in top condition. The camp ground where I stayed for one night was well keep, but all of the camping sites were kinda close to each other. Over all great for a day trip or a short weekend getta way.
  • June 26, 2017
    Beautiful scenery!! Our group didn't do a lot of the foot your , but what an awesome view!! Definitely going back for morr!!

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