The Turkey Path Hike; The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
Total Mileage: 2.6 Directions 41.696509,-77.454429
Total rise: 700′ Facebook
Hike Time: 2 hours with swim My Pintrest
Significance: Waterfalls and views THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
Here is some of what you need to know: 1. This is the Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park, do not confuse it with the one at Colton Point State park which is across the creek. 2.You do not have to hike anywhere in the Pa Grand Canyon to see the views; The park has a great viewing area near the parking lot, also be sure to check out the nearby Grand Canyon Overlook Tower.
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This hike starts at the top of the mountain and heads down to the bottom of Pine Creek Gorge. The trail-head sign warns of the perilous path ahead; While their is no doubt an element of danger, we had 5 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 that did this without a problem. The biggest danger that I recognized was the steep drop off at the edge of the trail; a good portion of that edge was fenced, but plenty of it was not.
It is about one mile to the bottom, with a 750′ drop in elevation (do not forget that it is a 750′ rise in elevation on the way up). The trail takes several switchbacks on its way down to the bottom of the gorge. Several benches are set up along the rout so that you can rest if needed. You will find three water falls along the way; small viewing platforms are in place so you can safely see the spectacle.
At the bottom of the mountain you will cross a Rails-to-Trails path; this is a 62 mile trail that runs from Jersey Shore PA to Stokesdale. FYI it will also take you through the town of Blackwell where you can hike to the top of Gillespie Point.
If you continue over the bike path you will run into Pine Creek Gorge. The creek is the border between Leonard Harrison State park and Colton Point State Park. My kids will hardly let us walk past water without jumping in…so in we went, and it felt nice.
This is a great area to travel to; head over to the town of Wellsboro for a place to stay and to get some food, you will not be disappointing.