Day 98: The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania


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Little Pine State Park, Pine Creek Gorge, PA. This park is in the bottom of the canyon.

We enjoyed the gorgeous views from the dam of the lake surrounded by the mountain- like canyon walls. At the park office we learned of Leonard Harrison State Park on the west rim of the Canyon. So we headed there to be able to get a view from the top. We chose to do Turkey Path Trail (1.8 miles total out and back, 721’ elevation) which takes you past 2 waterfalls and down to the bottom of the canyon by the river. There’s a lovely bike path along the bottom of the canyon. Across the canyon on the eastern rim is another State Park called Coltan Point which has a rim walk and great views that we’ve planning to there next time we’re in the area.


difficulty: 5.5

Driving to our next destination we passed Black Forest Trading Post which has white and piebald deer in a paddock behind their store. I’ve never seen them in person before.

Kinzua Bridge State Park, MT Jarrett, PA. The Kinzua Bridge was first built in 1882 and then reconstructed in 1900 for heavier weights. It was once the highest and longest bridge and considered the 8th wonder of the world. In 1970’ it became a park. In 2003 while being updated bridge the bridge was hit by a freak F1 tornado in 2003. The powers that be decided to leave the ruins where they lay and turn what was left standing into a sky-walk with a glass bottom at the end. They’ve done an exceptional job in the visitors center and the employees were also unusually nice. We were the only ones on the Skywalk and it was snowing. 2 days ago it Centralia, PA it was 88F.


Quality Inn, Bradford, PA. Bradford is kind of fascinating. It doesn’t seem to be doing especially well financially but it’s got lots of old, super stylized buildings from around 1890 downtown. This hotel had the worst breakfast yet, with mini yogurts and, inexplicably, frozen bean burritos.

Price: $73/night.

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