An Autumn Hike In The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
I awoke early in the Quality Inn in Mansfield, Tioga County on Saturday morning. After a cup of coffee in my hotel, I was off to pick my nephew Mikey up at his dormitory at the University. We were soon off to visit the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon located about 25 miles west of Mansfield. The sun was rising as we drove through the farms fields and woodlands along our route.
On arriving at the Leonard Harrison State Park, located on the eastern rim of the canyon, we found only a few fellow hikers at the parking lot. We took the short walk to the overlook. Here we took in the impressive view of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon for the second time in my life.
This time ,after taking in the views of this magnificent canyon, and reading some of the information, on its formation and history, my nephew and I began our decent to the Pine Creek 800 feet below on the Turkey Path Trail.
Leaves from the oaks and maples covered the ground. There were not many wildflowers in bloom along the trail. But there were still a lot of ferns providing some green color to the browns and yellows of the fallen leaves, including these intermediate ferns and
We rested a bit at the along the trail near the Pine Creek. We were soon joined by a steady stream of additional hikers now making their way down the canyon, At the canyon floor there were a few fall wildflowers in bloom including. these common blue wood asters, and
After our short rest we began our 800 foot climb back out of the canyon, It was required a lot more effort than our hike down. I was thankfully for the benches that allowed us to take some much needed breaks along the way.
It took a lot longer to reach the rim than it did getting to the bottom. But, eventually we made it. We again enjoyed the views of the Pine Creek we had just visited fall below in the October morning sun. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from our hike on the eastern rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Tioga County Leonard Harrison State Park. October 10 2020.
Although only a few thousand feet across the canyon, it is about an 11 mile twenty five minute ride to Colton State Park along back roads, some being only covered in lose gravel. We finally reached the main road , U.S. Route 6 and soon crossed Pine Creek before it entered the gorge and canyon.
The colorful Fall foliage stood out under the deep blue skies. The trails were now crowded with hikers seeking out the beautiful views from the rim of the canyon. We took in one final look at this natural wonder and made our way back along the trail.
It was near noon when we l got back to the parking. And we were hungry from our long hike. So we decided to drive to nearby Wellsboro where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Wellsboro Diner while we discussed our vist to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit to the west rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Tioga County Colton Point State Park. October 10 2020.
And preserving our open spaces or having them there for recreational purposes is one of the things that contributes to the high level of quality of life that we offer in Pennsylvania, and that also translates into economic benefits.
— Ed Rendell