The Grand Canyon

Ansonia, Pennsylvania

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The Pine Creek Gorge, or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, as it is more notably called, is truly a remarkable place. The gorge’s history dates back to the ice age when retreating glaciers deposited a huge pile of silty moraine here. Pine Creek’s flow originally traveled northeast but the glacier’s dam sent the water south, carving out the Pine Creek Gorge. The 90-degree right-hand bend of Pine Creek at Ansonia is evidence of this theory. The deepest part of the canyon is between the two state parks perched on opposite sides of the canyon’s rim. Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks stand 800 feet above the gorge. The canyons walls are filled with countless spectacular waterfalls that run best in the springtime. Hawks, herons, osprey, wild turkey, and coyotes are just a few of the more common inhabitants here. Highlights: impressive Pine Creek Gorge, rock cliffs, countless waterfalls, incredible wildlife viewing, rare species of Pennsylvania wildlife and plants, spring whitewater boating, rock climbing, ice climbing, scenic vistas, fishing, camping along the canyon rail-trail and at the two state parks on the rim. Tread: beautiful, hardpacked, cinder rail grade.

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"The Pine Creek Gorge, or the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, as it is more notably called, is truly a remarkable place. The gorge’s history dates back to the ice age when retreating glaciers deposited a huge pile of silty moraine here. Pine Creek’s flow originally traveled northeast but the glacier’s dam sent the water south, carving out the Pine Creek Gorge. The 90-degree right-hand bend of Pine Creek at Ansonia is evidence of this theory. The deepest part of the canyon is between the two state parks perched on opposite sides of the canyon’s rim. Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks stand 800 feet above the gorge. The canyons walls are filled with countless spectacular waterfalls that run best in the springtime.

Hawks, herons, osprey, wild turkey, and coyotes are just a few of the more common inhabitants here. Highlights: impressive Pine Creek Gorge, rock cliffs, countless waterfalls, incredible wildlife viewing, rare species of Pennsylvania wildlife and plants, spring whitewater boating, rock climbing, ice climbing, scenic vistas, fishing, camping along the canyon rail-trail and at the two state parks on the rim. Tread: beautiful, hardpacked, cinder rail grade."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ansonia
Distance: 20.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Tiadaghton, Cedar Run; DCNR Bureau of Forestry: Tioga State Forest maps
Driving Directions: Directions to The Grand Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2010
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this was the first trail my wife and i did on our new bikes.. it was a very nice ride.. really no elevation change to it.. its really pretty cool.. your riding in the canyon and don't realize there are people waaaay up above you at the overlook.. the ride goes along the river the whole time which is nice.. great scenery..


6/24/2006
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The trail is currently open from Ansonia to Jersey Shore, PA and, according to the local outfitter, should be extended another 10 miles north by next summer. We road 17.5 miles from Ansonia Station to Blackwell, and took Pine Creek Outfitter’s shuttle back to the top (I imagine they shuttle the other way too.) If you get the shuttle, allow extra time for exploring the side trails. The ride is an easy cruise down a very scenic trail. There was not a lot of wildlife around, but we did pass a rattlesnake along the trail and saw some trout in the stream. Because it was late June, most of the waterfalls on the way were dry. The Waterfall at 4-mile run however was worth the climb up the stairs, but it was fairly crowded. Much nicer were the falls at Water Tank Run. The trail to the top does not look like much at first, but up at the top there is a pool at the base of the big waterfall that is nice to wade in after a long ride. We were up there for about 45 min. to an hour and no one else came by. Although there is “officially” water at Tiadaghton it came out of the pump brown.



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