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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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