Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon: A Jewel in the Crown of the Commonwealth

Volume 1, Number 5

by ESC
June 9, 2015

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania—This week, Executive Coach is on the road visiting Pine Creek Gorge in Pennsylvania’s northern tier. More commonly known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the picturesque rolling topography of the scenic valley—part of the Tioga State Forest—spans over 45 miles with depths reaching nearly 1,500 feet.

frontpicture1Located less than 60 miles northwest of Williamsport, Pennsylvania (home to the Little League World Series), the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is one of the jewels in the collective crown we call Pennsylvania. The area is an outdoor lover’s paradise with nature trails, hiking and biking trails, boating facilities, fishing, floating, and even a converted railroad bed (Pine Creek Rail Trail) that navigates the gorge’s floor.

The PA Grand Canyon offers unprecedented, spectacular vistas that are rarely seen on this side of the Mississippi River. Each season lends its own unique impression on the landscape. Rolling hills drenched in the pastel colors of spring are quickly followed by the rich colors of summer, which soon turn into the vibrant shades of fall in one of the area’s most colorful displays of autumn splendor.

Besides being a refuge for nature lovers, the Pine Creek Gorge is home to some of Pennsylvania’s native wildlife including the beautiful white-tail deer, black bear and wild turkey roaming free in the forests surrounding the Gorge. Spend the day safely observing the wildlife that calls this part of the state their home.

mapTwo of the nicest points to visit at the gorge are Colton Point on the western rim and Leonard Harrison point on the eastern rim. From these two vantage points, you get the best views of the entire canyon. Make sure you add these two vista points to your group’s itinerary.

If members of your group want more of an active participation the surrounding nature, they may want to try the Overlook Trail (located at Leonard Harrison point).

After your hike or stroll through the canyon and taking in all of the grandeur of the gorge, your group is sure to have built up an appetite. The neighboring town of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is just the spot for your group to relax after the memorable day of visiting the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Settled in 1806 by English and German immigrants, the Victorian town has a quaint selection of restaurants and eateries that will satisfy the hunger before boarding the motor coach to head home. Wellsboro is the center for regional activities including festivals, concerts, theaters, and art galleries. Despite the small town (it has a population of just about 4,000 people), the town has enough hustle and bustle to keep it alive and interesting for visitors from near and far.

If you’re looking for something of the outdoor nature with minimal costs other than transportation, visit Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon for an unforgettable experience enjoying Pennsylvania’s splendor. Spring, summer, or fall: any season is great to visit one of the Pennsylvania’s gems.




  1. Wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared to enjoy the walking and hiking trails. Even if you don’t wander the trails, you’ll want comfortable shoes as you stand at the two popular vistas.
  2. Bring your camera. With views like these, you’ll definitely want to capture the moment.
  3. You can camp if you would like. Yes, camping is open from April through October with sites ranging from rustic to modern. Organized tenting is also available.
  4. Accommodations are available in the area. If you plan on staying overnight, the area boasts a number of good hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds.
  5. Contact the Tioga County Visitors Center. Wellsboro is a great little town that your group will want to explore. Call them at 570-724-0635 or 888-TIOGA28 or for more information.

Tioga County Visitors Bureau
2053 Route 660
Wellsboro, PA 16901


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