Explore the Possibilities
Two Counties, One Destination
Home to 10 state parks, two federal parks and over 400,000 acres of state forest land, outdoor recreation lives in Potter-Tioga, Pennsylvania! Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy an extensive range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, star gazing, and so much more.
The area is close to many urban areas but far away from the hustle and bustle, so you’ll feel like you’ve found a hidden corner of the East Coast where you can experience world-class outdoor adventures not far from great lodging, food, shopping, attractions, and events. Regardless of your interests this haven of relaxation invites you to kick back, unwind and forget about the pressures of life.
One of the most popular attractions in the area is Pine Creek Gorge — commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Surrounded by approximately 165,000 acres of the Tioga state forest, the Canyon begins south of Ansonia along US Route 6 and continues for approximately 47 miles. Many scenic vistas offer spectacular views into the glacially-carved canyon; though, some of the best panoramas can be admired from the lookouts at Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, perched on opposite sides of the Gorge. The scenery at these parks is superb in every season of the year but is especially stunning in late September through mid-October, when the beautiful autumn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple transform the landscape.
A jewel of the gorge is the Pine Creek Rail Trail, voted by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places to Take a Bike Tour.” Located along the bottom of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, this world-renowned trail has a hard-packed gravel surface and only a 2% grade over its 62 plus mile stretch, making it ideal for all types of uses including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Whether you set off on foot, wheel or hoof, there are endless opportunities for sightseeing along the trail including dramatic rock outcrops and waterfalls, diverse plant life and an abundance of wildlife.
For more incredible views simply look to the skies. In fact, The Milky Way shines so bright at Cherry Springs State Park it literally casts your shadow! Dark Skies at Cherry Springs offers visitors an extraordinary opportunity to discover our cosmos like nowhere else. In most places, people can only see a couple of hundred stars, but here, you can see thousands. It’s has even been named the best place on Earth for stargazing by the Travel Channel and has been designated a Gold Level Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.
Reconnect with your friends, family…or even yourself while surrounded by nature’s beauty. Find out more at visitpottertioga.com.