I’ve never been to the Pennsylvania grand canyon and to be honest, I often forget it exists until someone mentions it to me. Luckily for all of you, one of my students was raving about camping and hiking up there for the weekend.
The PA Grand Canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge, for those of you as ignorant as myself, is a 47 mile gorge, cut by Pine Creek through Tioga County in northern PA. It’s most commonly associated with the towns of Wellington (north end) and Waterford (southern end).
The PA Grand Canyon is primarily a hub for outdoor activity. Hikers and bikers flock to the area for the plethora of trails, and popular activities include biking the canyon floor or traversing the 30.5 mile west rim trail, which is heavily marked for novices.
Pine Creek Outfitters offers guided and non-guided canoe, rafting, hiking, and kayaking expeditions and can also arrange bicycle rentals and shuttle services for those with their own boats. If simply observing nature is your thing, try a covered wagon ride down the canyon.
If I were you (and I’m aware I’m not…but you are reading my blog) I’d go see the PA Grand Canyon during a snowfall and introduce yourself to the sport of XC skiing in some dramatic landscape.