Summer is one of my favorite seasons for outdoor adventures. I’m always searching for new outdoor experiences, and The Pine Creek Rail Trail, aka Jewel of the Gorge, is on my bucket list.
USA Today voted The Pine Creek Rail Trail as one of the 10 great places to take a bike tour worldwide.
This historic 62-mile trail is ideal for a leisurely bike ride or stroll. A stretch of the path is specifically for horses so that equestrians can enjoy the beauty of the lush mountains and sparkling creek waters as well.
Most of the trail is located at the bottom of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. It has a 2% grade over its entire length traveling through the Gorge starting at the Wellsboro Junction and ending in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.
Expect to see wildlife such as bald eagles, ospreys, coyotes, deer, wild turkeys, herons, river otters, black bears, and more along the path. Enjoy the dramatic rock outcrops, gorgeous waterfalls, diverse plant life, scattered old-growth timber, historic pine and spruce plantations. Also along the trail are a number of foundations from the Civilian Conservation Corps eta. Several foundations from the Civilian Conservation Corps era can also be found along the trails.
Spread your journey over a few days and set up camp at one of the Pine Creek Rail Trail campsites. Reminisce over a roaring campfire and wake up to stunning sunrises over the mountains.
Primitive camping along the trail does require a permit and set-up at least 100 feet from the waterways. Groups of 10 or more must obtain a Letter of Authorization from the district forester. For more information and to get your permit, call 570-724-2868.
Regardless of how you view the trail, you will be in awe of the natural splendor around you.
Visit Potter-Tioga can help you start planning your next memorable trip today. Or call their office at 570-724-0635.
Check out previous articles highlighting the Potter-Tioga region: Discover the Breathtaking Scenery and Rich History of the PA Grand Canyon by Covered Wagon & The PA Grand Canyon offers History, Arts, Recreation.