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Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania

#39 of 151 in Nature in Pennsylvania
Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47mi gorge carved into the Allegheny Plateau by Pine Creek in north-central Pennsylvania.
It sits in about 160000acre of the Tioga State Forest. The canyon begins south of Ansonia, near Wellsboro, along U.S. Route 6 and continues south. Its deepest point is 1450ft at Waterville, near the southern end. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, it is more than 800ft deep and the distance rim-to-rim is about 4000ft.
Pine Creek had flowed northeasterly until about 20,000 years ago, when the receding Laurentide Continental Glacier dammed it with rocks, soil, and other debris. Glacial meltwater formed a lake near the present town of Ansonia, and when it overflowed the debris dam, the creek flooded to the south. Ultimately, it carved a deep channel on its way south to the West Branch Susquehanna River.
The Pine Creek Gorge National Natural Landmark includes Colton Point and Leonard Harrison State Parks and parts of the Tioga State Forest along of Pine Creek between Ansonia and Blackwell. This federal program does not provide any extra protection beyond that offered by the land owner. The National Park Service's designation of the gorge as a National Natural Landmark notes that it "contains superlative scenery, geological and ecological value, and is one of the finest examples of a deep gorge in the eastern United States."
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  • My husband and I stayed in a fabulous Airbnb (tranquil studio apt) in the countryside close to Pine Creek Gorge. We saw a brochure for bike outfitters (Pine Creek outfitters) where you could rent bike...  more »
  • My family and I enjoyed the pine creek gorge. If you are a hiker or biker this would be exceptional. If you are just looking, go to the Leonard Harrison State Park for the best and easiest views. It w...  more »
  • If you enjoy breathtaking views of the great outdoors, this is certainly a place to visit. Visitors center gets rather busy on holiday weekends. If you enjoy a strenuous hike, there is a path to hike down to the bottom of the gorge. Well worth the effort !!
  • The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania is an absolutely beautiful & amazing place if you love the outdoors. Every season offers a completely different side of the scenery side of the canyon. I highly recommend it as a must see as far as Pa outdoor experiences.

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