|Autumn in Pine Creek Gorge -
Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon
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We toured Pine Creek Gorge in north-central Pennsylvania, USA on October 21, 2009 in the autumn season.
These are three impressive views of Pine Creek Gorge as viewed from East Rim Viewing Platform.
Zoom in on the southern end of East Rim Viewing Platform as viewed from West Rim Viewing Platforms.
We took the 15-mile drive on mountainous winding roads to go from East Rim Viewing Platform to West Rim
Viewing Platforms. The road goes from West Rim down to the bottom of the gorge at Ansonia, then goes up to
the West Rim. The scenery on such winding mountainous roads is quite beautiful and colorful in the autumn
season as shown in the following photos.
Zoom in on the East Rim Viewing Platform as viewed from the West Rim Viewing Platforms.
Another view of the East Rim Viewing Platform
Another part of East Rim as viewed from West Rim. Autumn makes its mark on these mountains, and in lovely
One of several turkey vultures in flight over the gorge
Autumn foliage at the parking lot of one of two West Rim Viewing Platforms in Colton Point State Park.
Near the north end of Pine Creek Gorge
A roadside golf course on Highway 6 along our way going to Pine Creek Gorge
The leaves burst into flames of reds, oranges, and yellows along scenic Highway 6 in northern Pennsylvania
Warrior’s Path Overlook ( Wyalusing Rocks in Wyalusing, Pa, Coordinates: N 41° 41.500 W 076° 16.360) with
spectacular view of the Susquehanna River valley (some 1000 ft below) along scenic Highway 6 in northern
Pennsylvania on our way going to Pine Creek Gorge.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Warrior's Path Overlook
This overlook area was once a lookout post high above the Susquehanna River for American Indian villages in
the fertile valley below. The Great Warrior Path was an American Indian trail leading north to the lake region
and south to the Carolinas passed through the area.
Pine Creek in Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon is the largest tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River. I
am happy to come to the source of the Susquehanna River because I have been enjoying watching many bald
eagles in the winter season near the mouth of Susquehanna River flowing into Chesapeake Bay in Maryland
as described in my Travelogue web page at:
Direction to Pine Creek Gorge in north-central Pennsylvania:
East Rim Viewing Platform in Leonard Harrison State Park : From Wellsboro take Highway 660 (i.e., Main
Street) to go south-west for ten miles through several turns all the way to the end in Leonard Harrison State
Park. There are signs to the “Grand Canyon” along the way. Followed the signs and stayed on Highway 660 all
the way to Leonard Harrison State Park, the site of Pine Creek Gorge. There is a long parking lot that loops
past the visitor center and the Viewing Platforms that overlook the deep gorge.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Leonard Harrison State Park and its East Rim Viewing
West Rim Viewing Platforms in Colton Point State Park: From the small village of Ansonia on Highway 6, take
Forest Road to go south through several turns for several miles into the Colton Point State Park to reach the
two parking lots near the two West Rim Viewing Platforms.
A map for Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park is available at the following website:
One can drive through 15 miles of winding mountainous roads to go from the East Rim Viewing Platform in
Leonard Harrison State Park to reach the West Rim Viewing Platforms in Colton Point State Park by the
1. From Leonard Harrison State Park, take Hwy 660 to go east for a few miles,
2. Turn left (north) into unpaved Copp Hollow Road for several miles to go down to the bottom of the gorge
3. Turn left (north) into Daring Run road for a short distance
4. Turn left into Hwy 362 to go northwest
5. At the small village of Ansonia, turn left into Highway 6 to go west for a short distance
6. Turn left into Forest Road to go south for several miles of winding and mountainous road to climb up
and into Colton Point State Park.
Copy of the map for this 15-mile route between East Rim Viewing Platform and West Rim Viewing Platform
can be obtained from the Visitor Center near the East Rim Viewing Platform in Leonard Harrison State Park.
These two state parks are in the 6-million Points of Interest in my GPS navigator. When I was within about 10
mile distance of these two state parks, I asked my GPS navigator to show all Points of Interest in nearby area.
These two state parks showed up on the list. So, I just pointed my finger at the state park on the list on the
screen and the GPS navigator guided me smoothly through several turns to reach each of these two state
It takes about 4.5 hours to drive from mid New Jersey to Pine Creek Gorge. We spent one and half day for
this trip so that we had more time to drive leisurely for sightseeing and photography along the way. We stayed
one night in a hotel on the shore of beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack at Hawley in the Pocono Mountains with a
fantastic lake view.
Another view of Pine Creek Gorge from East Rim Viewing Platform.
Pine Creek Gorge is known as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon and is in north-central Pennsylvania. The gorge
plummets 1,450 feet ( 442 m) from the rim to the deepest part, and the gorge is oriented in north-south
direction with north end at the small village of Ansonia on Highway 6 west of Wellsboro. From there, the gorge
extends south for 46 miles.
Autumn is the most breathtaking time of the year to come. That’s when the brilliant reds, yellows and purples
of the turning leaves blaze across the mountains illuminating the stunning grandeur of Pennsylvania’s Grand
Glacially Carved Canyon: Vast sheet of ice, hundreds of feet think, of ancient glacier inched over this
landscape like a giant bulldozer. Several such ancient glaciers sculpted this landscape. As the last glacier
receded north more than 10,000 years ago, its melt-waters helped carve Pine Creek's deep gorge. Today, the
Pine Creek continues to deepen gradually the Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon.
Autumn scenery along the roads going from East Rim Viewing Platform to West Rim Viewing Platforms
Zoom in on the autumn foliage in the gorge
Two views of autumn foliage at the parking lot of East Rim Viewing Platform in Leonard Harrison State Park.
One of the two West Rim Viewing Platforms in Colton Point State Park.
The Pine Creek at the bottom of the deep gorge is roaring with loud noise. But we do not hear the roaring
noise because of the great distance from the rim down to the bottom of the deep gorge.