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Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania

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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 travelled to Muncy, Pa where we stayed. We then drove to the Pa Grand Canyon at Leonard Harrison State Park. Absolutely gorgeous any time of the year. One day we bicycled about 20...  more »
  • My husband and I went here for his birthday! We wanted to go for awhile and decided to make the drive up from the Harrisburg area. We arrived when it was SUPER foggy, so decided to first take the...  more »
  • Wonderful place and nice trails. A mile down.
  • Beautiful place. I hiked it from south to north, and if I were to do it again I would recommend going from the north, hiking south bout 4 miles, and hiking back so that you see the prettiest part. The southern part is nice but you can skip it if you just want to see the highlights.

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