Getaway to Gorgeous Pine Creek Gorge – “The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania”

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Pine Creek Gorge (or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania) is one of the most popular attractions in PA. With astonishing views, cliff walls, waterfalls, picturesque hiking trails, and recreational activities all year round, the gorge makes an unforgettable getaway for couples, families, and all outdoor lovers.

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Booking Info

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Getaway Description

Pine Creek Gorge spreads for over 45 miles. It begins near the town of Wellsboro, PA, and has the deepest point at 1,450 feet in Waterville, PA, near the southern end.

The gorge provides the most spectacular views! It is filled with cliff walls and waterfalls and is a part of the Tioga State Forest. It encompasses Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park.

There are two "must-see" lookout points:

  • Colton Point lookout on the west rim of the canyon.
  • Leonard Harrison lookout on the east rim of the canyon.

Both offer spectacular views of the Canyon all year round, but visiting them in the fall is especially breathtaking!

Some of the popular activities when visiting Pine Creek Gorge are hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing in winter on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Horseback riding is also allowed in some sections. This 65-mile trail begins upon Wellsboro and runs to Jersey Shore. Pine Creek Rail Trail is good for all skill levels.

You can take train rides on the Tioga Central Railroad, take a wagon ride tour through the canyon, or go whitewater rafting. Numerous museums, theatres, wineries are also popular places of interest among tourists in the PA Canyon area.


🐶 Pets Allowed: yes

Where To Stay

Visiting Pine Creek Gorge, we recommend you stay at beautiful Bear Lodges. These are unique B&Bs located right in the heart of The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, with private hot tubs, fireplaces, and breathtaking views from the rooms. To learn more about these B&Bs, read our post, Serene Romantic Getaway at Bear Lodges in the Woods of Wellsboro in Pennsylvania.


The gorge begins near the town of Wellsboro, PA, and continues south. Great for a getaway from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia

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• 3.5-hour drive from
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• 4-hour drive from
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• 5.5-hour drive from
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