Pine Creek Valley and The PA Grand Canyon

Unforgettable views

The Eastern Gateway to the PA Wilds...If it’s your first visit to the region, the PA Grand Canyon is a must see and one of the perfect ways to orient your mind and senses to the wonders of the Wilds. But once you’ve delighted in the Pine Creek Gorge views, you’ll soon discover that this scenic and unique landscape is best discovered from multiple vantage points.



Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

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.


Pine Creek Rail Trail

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.


Tiadaghton Resource Management Center

Orient yourself to the region and the 146,539 acre Tiadaghton State Forest at the at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center.


Tioga-Hammond Lakes Recreation Area

The Tioga-Hammond Lakes recreation area has an abundance of camping options, hiking and biking trails, picnic sites, boat launches and overnight mooring for campers.


World of Little League Museum

Learn about the world’s largest organized youth sports program at the World of Little League Museum, with hundreds of artifacts on display and cutting-edge, immersive exhibits.

Year Round Ideas


Wine in the Wilds

Hosted in April each year by the Clinton County Historical Society, Wine in the Wilds features wine tastings from a variety of local wineries, vendors, food and prizes.

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Little League World Series

The annual Little League World Series draws thousands to Williamsport each summer. Plan your trip in advance by reviewing travel tips on the website. If you aren’t able to secure a ticket inside the stadium, seating for up to 30,000 more fans is available on the famous “hill” overlooking the outfield fence of Lamade Stadium, where no ticket is required.

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Mansfield’s Fabulous 1890s Festival

This festival occurs in late September, and celebrates the last decade of the 19th century and commemorates Mansfield, Pennsylvania’s role in America’s history holding the first night football game under electric light. Check the event schedule for hot air balloon rides, a 19th century parade, fireworks and an 1890s museum and football re-enactment.

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Wellsboro Dickens of a Christmas

Rekindle the old-fashioned Christmas spirit at Wellsboro’s annual Dicken’s of a Christmas celebration

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About Pine Creek Valley & The PA Grand Canyon

To start, a journey on the Pine Creek Rail Trail will awaken your perspective to the dynamic topography. Named by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to take a bike tour,” the 60-mile Rail Trail can be explored by bike or foot, ski or snowshoe, with specially designated areas for horseback riding, and hugs the Creek offering up scenic natural surroundings.


Orient yourself with the Valley landscape with maps and guides at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center.


The Pine Creek Valley landscape is easy to explore by road trip with Scenic Route 6 connecting you to charming and traveler-friendly towns with accommodations like Wellsboro and college town Mansfield. Fuel up in advance before your journey along Rt. 414, a quintessential scenic drive with worthy stops like the valley villages of Slate Run and Waterville, which are on the rail trail. North of Route 6, The Valley also boasts noteworthy northern excursions, like the 407-acre Hills Creek State Park.


In the southern tier of the Valley, meeting with the I-80 Frontier, the eclectic college town of Lock Haven is a traveler-friendly entry point to the Pine Creek Valley via US Route 220 North. Just 25 miles further on Route 220 North is the city of Williamsport, with a uniquely Wilds-like urban atmosphere with locally inspired restaurants, breweries, and accommodations.


For those of approaching the Pennsylvania Wilds from the east, Pine Creek Valley & The PA Grand Canyon is a wild and unforgettable introduction to our region.


Note for travelers: Slate Run Road closed until further notice

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.

Plan Your Trip

Our local tourism partners provide on-the-ground tips, maps, itineraries and more.


Visit Potter-Tioga Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wellsboro, the Potter-Tioga Visitor’s Bureau provides traveler resources and itineraries for a 2 county region that covers a vast portion of the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon landscape, extending into the Dark Sky Landscape.

Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau

Located on the south-eastern access point to the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon, the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau provides traveler resources for Williamsport and beyond, including sporting and cultural events, outdoor recreation, historical sites and more.

Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau

Located on the south-western access point to the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau offers visitor resources for Clinton County, where more than 60 percent the county’s acreage is state land available for public outdoor recreation.

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Barton Street School

The Barton Street School House is a one room schoolhouse dating from 1874. It was transferred to the Historical Society in 1995 and houses memorabilia from local fire companies, early 20th century Lo... |

Broken Axe Brew House Inc.

The Broken Axe Brew House is Lock Haven's premier 21+ adult venue focusing on Pennsylvania craft beer. 21 Taps dedicated to Pennsylvanian craft beers rotating daily and locally sourced scratch made pu... | 429 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745

Colton Point State Park

On the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the 368-acre Colton Point State Park resonates with the rustic charm of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of the 1930s. The rugged... | 927 Colton Road Wellsboro PA 16901

Emerge Healing Arts and Spa/Boutique and Gallery

Our gallery features a diverse offering of over 20 local artist's handcrafted works including: photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fibers, and ceramics. Also browse our selection of Jane Ired... | 28 Central Avenue Wellsboro PA 16901

Endless Mountain Music Festival

Enjoy 16 days with 16 concerts in the PA Wilds and feel the timeless beauty interwoven with nature and music when you visit the Endless Mountain Music Festival. Experience the passion of classical orc... | Mansfield University, Wellsboro, Cherry Springs State Park, Knoxville & Tioga PA

Farrandsville Furnace

By 1857, six iron furnaces had been constructed in Clinton County. Of these, only two remain -- one at Farrandsville, located 5.2 miles north of Lock Haven, and the other on state forest land accessib... |

Gateway Cafe

Gateway Café.... more than just a coffee shop! While we have a great variety of specialty coffees, lattes, flavored teas & lemonades, smoothies, frappes, We also offer Homemade soups, awesome sandwi... | 1145 Allegheny St. Jersey Shore PA 17740

Hanford, Jule

I'm Jule, pronounced "Julie" and these are my creations. Jules Artwear started a long time ago when my kids were very young. Working from my home studio, doing lots of arts festivals and having a mal... | 38 W Fourth St Williamsport PA 17701

Heisey House Museum & The Poorman Gallery

The Clinton County Historical Society (CCHS) was founded in 1921 by a small group of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving local history. In the ensuing years, CCHS has grown much larger but cont... | 362 East Water Street Lock Haven Pennsylvania 17745

Highland Chocolates

Located on Route 6 in Wellsboro, Highland Chocolates creates extraordinary chocolates by extraordinary people! We are a non-profit enterprise that provides vocational training and employment for adul... | 11724 Route 6 Wellsboro PA 16901

Hills Creek Complex

Located in scenic Tioga County, the 407-acre Hills Creek State Park abounds in wildlife. Osprey, loon and waterfowl visit the lake that boasts a variety of warm-water fish species. Camping, cabins, sw... | 111 Spillway Road Wellsboro PA 16901-9676

Kathleen Schnell, Cottage Glassworks

COTTAGE GLASSWORKS is my Fused Glass Art Studio; all my life I have worked with art and creating, this has been my dream come true. I am very blessed to offer fused glass items...from night lights, d... | 13 Dantz Run Road Ext. Wellsboro PA 16901

Leonard Harrison State Park

On the east rim of the canyon, the 585-acre Leonard Harrison State Park has modern facilities, a visitor center and the most famous scenic views of the canyon. On the other side of the canyon is Colto... | 4797 Route 660 Wellsboro PA 16901-8970

Little Pine State Park

The 2,158-acre Little Pine State Park is in a beautiful mountain section of Tiadaghton State Forest in PA Wilds. The 60-acre Little Pine Lake, hiking trails, campground, and nesting Eagles are prime a... | 4205 Little Pine Creek Road Waterville PA 17776-9705

Miller's Purely Maple

We are a family-run maple farm operating in Tioga County. Our sugar bush encompasses over five-hundred acres and seven thousand taps, and the sap collected from our trees is processed into quality map... | 2766 Hills Creek Lake RD Wellsboro Pennsylvania 16901

Odd Fellas

Odd Fellas is a craft hamburger restaurant featuring delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. | 101 East Main Street Lock Haven PA 17745

Pajama Factory

The Pajama Factory – located in a rejuvenated, historic factory complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – is a community of people who have come together to build off of each other’s strengths and... | 1307 Park Avenue Williamsport PA 17701


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Pine Creek Outfitters, Inc

Established in 1984. Pine Creek Outfitters takes pride in helping you experience the natural wonder of this great region, and show you great skill, professionalism, and concern for your outdoor ex... | 5142 Route 6 Wellsboro Pennsylvania 16901

Simply Sterling Designs

Jewelry made from sterling silver, gemstones and freshwater pearls. You will also find some 14k goldfilled and torch fired enamaled pieces mixed in. | 38 W. Fourth St. Williamsport PA 17701

The Graphic Hive

The Graphic Hive is an award winning graphic design, web design, marketing and screenprinting agency. Founded in 2009, we believe that without well thought-out design, your message gets lost in the mi... | 140 West Fourth St Williamsport Pennsylvania 17701

The Station Gallery

The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, features fine art exhibits alongside local artisans' paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery, prints and more. They also offer... | 2 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745

Tiadaghton Elm Race Organization

Organize and manage the Tiadaghton Elm Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Race and similar paddling events. | 130 Middle Rd Jersey Shore PA 17728

Tiadaghton State Forest

Tiadaghton State Forest is comprised of 146,539 acres mostly in Lycoming County. Other tracts extend into Tioga, Potter, Clinton, and Union counties. Tiadaghton's forest features high-country flats bi... |

Tioga State Forest

Tioga State Forest derives its name from the Seneca phrase "meeting of two rivers." It covers 161,890 acres in Bradford and Tioga counties. The forest hosts the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the "Gr... |

Upper Pine Bottom State Park

Upper Pine Bottom State Park provides visitors with a welcome rest area. Visitors often use the parking area of this small roadside picnic site for access to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling... | Route 44 Waterville PA 17776

Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre has been entertaining the residents of Tioga County since the early 1900's. A recent restoration has brought this one screen movie theater back to life. Digital projection a... | 222 Main Street Blossburg PA 16912

Woodsmen Show

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