Railroads seem to have went everywhere once-upon-a-time in Pennsylvania. The Jersey Shore, Pine Creek and Buffalo Railroad, created in 1883, used to haul timber, coal and passengers along the floor of the Gorge. The railroad was phased out in 1988 and the rail line has since been absorbed into the vast network of Pennsylvania's railtrails. Pine Crmore
You don't have to be a fire nut to enjoy this huge fire station. Featured in several firefighting periodicals Wellsboro has been given the nickname "Firetown USA." It is rare that no one is around the all volunteer station but even if you are just walking by the enormous bay door windows just grab your attention. Take a walk past the five engines,...more
For a small town, we have lots of transportation opportunites. You can hop on Tony's Trolley and ride to PA Grand Canyon or out to the Junction where you can take a ride on the Tioga Central Railroad's excursion train. Or you can head out Route 6 towards Ansonia and ride take a Covered Wagon or horseback Ride through the canyon with Nature Quest......more
Railroads seem to have went everywhere once-upon-a-time in Pennsylvania. The Jersey Shore, Pine Creek and Buffalo Railroad, created in 1883, used to haul timber, coal and passengers along the floor of the Gorge. The railroad was phased out in 1988 and the rail line has since been absorbed into the vast network of Pennsylvania's railtrails. Pine...more
The Turkey Path is a 2.5 mile trail that links the west rim at Colton Point with the east rim at Leonard Harrison - Pennsylvania’s equivalent to the Bright Angel - North Kaibab Trails. There are some small waterfalls encountered in side canyons on both sides of Pine Creek on the ascent/descent. At the bottom, there is no bridge across Pine Creek,...more
Located at the end of PA 660 on the east rim of Pine Creek Gorge some ten miles west of Wellsboro, Leonard Harrison State Park was originally developed from land owned by local Wellsboro businessman Leonard Harrison who gave the land to the State in 1922. The CCC further developed the Park in the mid-1930's at the same time they were busy with...more
Colton Point State Park protects some 368 acres along the west rim of the Pine Creek Gorge. You reach the park via a 5 mile paved road that winds through the trees starting in Ansonia which US 6 runs through. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1936. There are a few rustic campsites at the park and several...more
If you ever wondered why anyone would drive out to the Wellsboro/Tioga County region, here's a good reason. At about 800 feet deep, Pine Creek Gorge, dubbed "The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," is one of the more impressive gorges in the eastern United States. It is not a sublime sight, but is still very beautiful. The most scenic area, located west...more
SR 660 is a scenic road that connects the east rim of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania with Wellsboro. The road passes through farmland, forest, and "Animalland" which is one of those big-game wildlife parks (not something I'm interested in). It's a relatively beautiful road, and very worth driving.more
A Bagel place with a twist. They open at 0600 and close at 1600. A ton of different types of bagels and sandwiches. They are eco friendly and upscale. Everything, even the bake goods are made there. You can have a "Grand Canyon" or a Wynken, Blynken, & Nod sandwich. It's usually packed at lunch but never a long wait for your food. Bagel Chips are...more
A block off main street and right next to the fire station Harlands is the place locals go for a hearty meal. With burgers, specials, salad bar, and kids offerings it is realatively inexpensive to eat here. They have local photos and items on display and some of the best home made pies around. I like one of his locally themed hamburgers (21 to...more
The Gaslight is almost four different bars:
1) it's a good lunchtime destination, with sandwiches and appetizers.
2) it's a great happy hour spot for the local business professionals.
3) it's a great live music spot. My old band played ther quite often.
4) it's a dance club. Saturday night is DJ night, and the small dance area is packed with young hotties, both local and from nearby Mansfield University.
Dress Code: Anything goes, from patchouli-wearing hippies to alternative rockers to yuppies. Just bring your thirst for alcohol. (I recommend Yuengling Lager -- from America's oldest brewery)
There was a huge crowd on the Saturday during Columbus Day Weekend. There were numerous busses there along with many cars. Parking at Leonard Harrison SP was at a premium. Also, the nearest hotel available when I made the reservation in August was in Corning, NY which is about 40 miles away. If you go here during an Autumn weekend, make sure you plan way ahead in advance.
Four Mile Vista is a little off the beaten path. But the scenery is just as spectacular as the Grand Canyon itself. It is located on Forest Road, which is off the main road going through the Colton Point State Park on the western side of the Grand Canyon.