Wellsboro - Pine Creek Trail

Ansonia, Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is less famous and more beautiful than some big hole in the ground out west. Fifty miles long and, in places, 1,000 feet deep, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is a green gorge cut by Pine Creek through the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The Pine Creek Trail has given a new use to an abandoned railroad right-of-way, and in the process it has opened the door of the canyon to the public for the first time. When the railroad was running, the public had very little opportunity to travel through the canyon. The gorge is narrow, and the railroad bed was the only road through it. Now, hikers, and bikers can travel through the canyon, enjoy nature, and forget about cars. This definitely is a leisurely ride. The surface is gravel, and it's fine for either road or mountain bikes. Deer frequently wander onto the trail, and when the water is deep enough, white-water rafters fill the creek. The trail is downhill from Ansonia to Blackwell, but the grade is negligible. Above all, this is an ideal ride when you just want to avoid dealing with cars. Dress warmly. Even in summer, mornings can be cool until the sun climbs above the rim of the canyon. The road surface is good.

Wellsboro - Pine Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is less famous and more beautiful than some big hole in the ground out west. Fifty miles long and, in places, 1,000 feet deep, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is a green gorge cut by Pine Creek through the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The Pine Creek Trail has given a new use to an abandoned railroad right-of-way, and in the process it has opened the door of the canyon to the public for the first time. When the railroad was running, the public had very little opportunity to travel through the canyon. The gorge is narrow, and the railroad bed was the only road through it.

Now, hikers, and bikers can travel through the canyon, enjoy nature, and forget about cars. This definitely is a leisurely ride. The surface is gravel, and it's fine for either road or mountain bikes. Deer frequently wander onto the trail, and when the water is deep enough, white-water rafters fill the creek. The trail is downhill from Ansonia to Blackwell, but the grade is negligible. Above all, this is an ideal ride when you just want to avoid dealing with cars. Dress warmly. Even in summer, mornings can be cool until the sun climbs above the rim of the canyon. The road surface is good."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Ansonia
Distance: 38
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Riding Time: 4 hours
Season: Best March to November
Driving Directions: Directions to Wellsboro - Pine Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/19/2009
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Excellent! Wide, well-maintained trail. We took 2 days to do the trail. Wellsboro to Slate Run D1; overnight at Manor Hotel; Slate Run to Jersey Shore D2. Pine Creek Outfitters shuttled our car from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore. Great weather, great scenery--mountains, leaves starting to change, trout fisherman in creeks, trestles, old cemetery, herons, black bear, butterflies galore, ducks on the creek, geese flying south. Lots of benches, places to get snacks/meals/ice cream, plenty of restrooms. Couldn't have been better!


9/10/2009
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We did about 40 miles of the trail (roundtrip) in the wildest part of the gorge (Blackwell to Ansonia). First off, the trail is marvelously maintained (as are most of the rail-trails in PA). It's very scenic with lots of wildlife, we saw bald eagles and bears, among others. It was a little distressing to see to extent of invasion by invasive exotic plants (knotweed,purple loosestrife) in such an otherwise pristine environment. The side trail up the 'turkey trail' that is barely mentioned, is well worth it for the waterfalls. Also it's important to look down from the rim after you've made the trip to fully appreciate what you've experienced. I would suggest the state park on the west side of the gorge.


10/20/2007
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A group of us did the portion of the trail from Astonia to Blackwell bottom on bicycles. A beautifully maintained trail and scenery to match. Our trip was approximately 30 miles with a very slight downhill grade and at a leisurley place with a few side trips and a stop for lunch we spent a total of 5 hours on the trail. Just a beautiful area and the trail is excellent.


7/16/2006
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The Pine Creek Trail is a part of the Rail Trails that PA is creating and promoting. We biked 18 miles of the Trail on a Sunday afternoon in July. It was a beatiful ride along the Pine Creek within the gorge. The ride was relaxing (slightly down hill if you begin in Ansonia). The surface is gravel and very well maintained. We enjoyed every minute of it. Children as well as Seniors will enjoy this trail!



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