Leonard Harrison State Park Travel Guide

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    Pine Creek Gorge

    by chewy3326 Written May 18, 2006

    From the visitor center, the 0.6-mile Overlook Trail leads steeply downhill to Otter View, where you get a very dramatic view of the canyon. The trail begins relatively flat and passes an incinerator. Not long afterwards, the trail reaches the rim of the canyon and follows it for a little while; it then begins to descend steeply. While it's not an immensely steep grade, it's a good idea to have hiking shoes; I was wearing tennis shoes and had some trouble negotiating this section. At the end of the downhill is Otter View. The most scenic section of Pine Creek Gorge is visible. Otter View is named for the river otters that are now endangered in the the area. From the viewpoint, the trail climbs gently back up to the parking lot, and the loop ends at the incinerator. When I walked theis trail, it was still early spring and trees were still leaf-less, and the views were good in all directions. In summer, when vegetation is probably thick, it might not be the case.

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    Pine Creek Gorge

    by chewy3326 Written May 9, 2006

    Step right out from the visitor center, and you'll get your first view of Pine Creek Gorge: 800 feet deep, and 4,000 feet wide. While it's not the best view in the park, it is very scenic. There are telescopes for viewing various birds such as ravens and eagles. Across the rapidly flowing Pine Creek you can see Colton Point State Park. For better views, turn left and keep walking...

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    Mary and Ranger Bell

    by Geoff_Wright Written Oct 27, 2003

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    This is Park Ranger Denny Bell, Leonard Harrison State Park. We chatted for some time, but, unfortunately, we were on our way out of the Park when we met Denny.

    The photo was taken at the entrance to the Visitor's Centre, which you will find of interest before exploring the Park.

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    by ffla98 Written Aug 10, 2008

    We went camping at Leonard Harrison State Park for approximately five days.

    During that time we were amazed on how beautiful the scenery was. The camp site is within walking distance from some great views of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Take the Turkey Path hike down to the waterfalls. It was worth the effort. Beware the path is difficult as the way back is all up hill.

    Take a drive down Rt. 66 as again it has some of the most beatiful scenery around. The road is a two lane state route that winds and turns and is hilly. Take another trip into Wellsboro. It is a nice town with a handful of resturants we would of loved to check out if we had the time.

    While camping we had a deer walk right onto our campsite. The ranger warned us that some rattlesnakes were removed from the area and said that bear, though in the area, rarely enter onto the campground. The sites are huge. I recommend site 23 as it is the biggest. Make a reservation so you can be assured a site w/ electricity.

    The bathrooms were in generally clean conditions. Water spouts are spread throughout the grounds well. The campground wasn't selling wood or ice. No pets were allowed.

    As with every trip there were some problems. The shower valves were't working so the showers were cold all week. They began to fix the problem on our last day and closed down the entire shower and sinks in the bathroom. No big deal but they didn't, and should of, warned everyone with a posting that showers would be unaccessible for the day.

    Quiet hours were not enforced as I don't even think someone was staffed during the night. We had a man who thought everyone enjoyed his singing and guitar playing as he strolled around his campsite and down the road playing till the wee hours of the night. Other than this annyoing guy the park was very quiet.

    There is only one shower per sex. It wasn't a problem for us as the campground wasn't even half filled. I would imagine that it would be more difficult to get a shower in when the campground was full. They also have one family shower.

    I rank this campground and the surrounding area a 3.5 out of 4 stars and recommend it!!!

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  • by bebop88 Written Jul 14, 2003

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    Be sure to get out of the car and see some of the overlooks here. If you're ambitious enough, there is a trail that goes all the way to the bottom of the gorge and up the other side to Colton Point.

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    Judy, our Host

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is Judy (VT member JudyinPA), our host, and with whom Mary and I were staying whilst in Pennsylvania. We would probably not have visited the Canyon if it had not been for Judy, as it was quite a way north of our intended area of exploration. It would have been a great pity indeed, if we had missed this wonderful area of Pennsylvania. Thanks Judy (and Steve!).

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