One is unable to appreciate the majesty and sheer awesomeness of the 1,000 feet deep Pine Creek Gorge (aka our PA Grand Canyon) without a bicycle ride, walk, or horseback ride along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, voted by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to take a bike tour in the world.” Orient yourself to the trail and the surrounding area at the Tiadaghton Resource Center.
Popular with hikers and bicycle riders, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is a 62 mile converted railroad bed that travels along Pine Creek Gorge at the floor of the canyon. An article in USA Today named the Pine Creek Rail Trail one of "10 great places to take a bike tour" in the world. Local outfitters are available for equipment rentals and excursion information. Pine Creek, the largest tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, itself is famous for fly fishing.
Orient yourself to the region and the 146,539 acre Tiadaghton State Forest at the at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center.
Located in the Tioga State Forest, the Pine Creek Gorge, typically referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, stretches for over 45 miles with depths of nearly 1500 feet. The dynamic topography features stunning forested views and steep canyon walls. Colton Point State Park on the west rim and Leonard Harrison State Park on the east rim of the canyon are the "Must See" vistas to visit.
Starting at Wellsboro Junction off Scenic Route 6 in the north, the trail is a hard-packed gravel surface running just more than 60 miles along Pine Creek to the town of Jersey Shore (ask the locals how the town got its name). Along the way, take in the sights and sounds of Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forest and the charming fishing villages of Slate Run and Cedar Run. The Trail is easy to pick up off I-80 in the south and just a short drive from the City of Williamsport along the West Branch Susquehanna River.
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has released an advisory indicating the often used Slate Run Road in the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon is to be avoided until further notice. For more information, download this fact sheet about the detour.
Slate Run Road, located between Route 44 and Route 414 in the northern section of Tiadaghton State Forest, was the site of multiple landslides in 2018 due to the extremely rainy weather, causing the road to be closed off in 2018. The road is closed from the Manor Fork intersection to the Francis Road intersection, and signs are posted to help travelers navigate the closure. Travelers looking for adventure in the Slate Run area should use the Francis Road detour as an alternative route when navigating from Route 44.
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