Gillespie Point

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

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This hike asks only one question: Would you climb a little more than a mile up the side of a gorge to take in a once-in-a-lifetime view? Begin on an improved forest road, climb to the viewing area, and then loop back to this same forest road for an easy walk back to the starting point. Tioga State Forest consists of 160,000 acres of mountains and valleys, with a range in elevation from 780 feet to more than 2,500 feet. Unlike the state’s Ridge and Valley Province, faulting (folding of the earth) didn’t create this area. It was formed during the last ice age when a glacier blocked the northerly flowing water, creating a glacial pond. When the glacier retreated, glaciations occurred, leaving behind a moraine of gravel, clay, and sand that reversed the flow of the water.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This hike asks only one question: Would you climb a little more than a mile up the side of a gorge to take in a once-in-a-lifetime view? Begin on an improved forest road, climb to the viewing area, and then loop back to this same forest road for an easy walk back to the starting point.

Tioga State Forest consists of 160,000 acres of mountains and valleys, with a range in elevation from 780 feet to more than 2,500 feet. Unlike the state’s Ridge and Valley Province, faulting (folding of the earth) didn’t create this area. It was formed during the last ice age when a glacier blocked the northerly flowing water, creating a glacial pond. When the glacier retreated, glaciations occurred, leaving behind a moraine of gravel, clay, and sand that reversed the flow of the water.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wellsboro
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 1,159 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tioga State Forest, One Ness-muk Ln., Wellsboro 16901; (570) 724-2868; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/tioga
Local Maps: USGS Cedar Run, PA; Morris, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Gillespie Point

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