Colton Point State Park, Wellsboro

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Colton Point State Park is a 368acre Pennsylvania state park in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is on the west side of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is 800ft deep and nearly 4000ft across at this location. The park extends from the creek in the bottom of the gorge up to the rim and across part of the plateau to the west. Colton Point State Park is known for its views of the Pine Creek Gorge, and offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing and hunting, whitewater boating, and camping. Colton Point is surrounded by Tioga State Forest and its sister park, Leonard Harrison State Park, on the east rim. The park is on a state forest road in Shippen Township 5mi south of U.S. Route 6.
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 62mi Pine Creek Rail Trail has followed the creek through the gorge. 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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  • The view is amazing, and easily accessible. Lot of photographic opportunities. Stayed in Wellsboro, very easy drive.  more »
  • We were going south on route 15 PA and decided to take a side trip to view the Grand Canyon of PA. It took us about 3 hours from leaving Rt 15 at Wellsboro and rejoining at Liberty, PA. Our objective ...  more »
  • Very clean and well maintained. The overnight camping rates are much more than the website indicated in June 2019. Website said $8 per night when actual rate was about $17 per night, so bring plenty of cash and some coin change. The campsites vary in size so I recommend getting there early in the week to get the best pick. Most campsites are muddy during rainfall but dry up within a day or so. Registration is by honor payment, ie you fill out a small form and drop it with cash into a box. Check out was 3pm in June 2019. Beautiful park, outstanding hikes, excellent roads, clean public bathrooms, fresh public water pumps. The rangers are friendly and helpful. Numerous large pavilions. You can get ice, ATM, and beer at a nice little tavern close to the park entry. This is one of my favorite places to hike and camp. Everything is free except for the overnight camping. Highly recommend!
  • Beautiful sights every season of the year! Beautiful Valley and catching a glimpse of the bald eagles is wonderful! Great hiking trails. Peace and quiet.

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