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Colton Point State Park- Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park offer spectacular vistas and a fabulous view of Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. The hiking trails traverse very rugged terrain, passing close to many steep cliffs affording an abundance of unique sights. The 18-mile Pine Creek Trail runs through the bottom of the gorge and provides great bicycling.

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Leonard Harrison State Park
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Leonard Harrison State Park
Description - The "Grand Canyon" of Pennsylvania begins just south of Ansonia, along U.S. Route 6 and continues for approximately 47 miles. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, the depth of the canyon is about 800 feet and these park locations afford the most spectacular scenic overlooks.

Leonard Harrison State Park honors Leonard Harrison (1850-1929) of Wellsboro. Mr. Harrison was a civic minded businessman and banker who contributed his time, energy and finances to the betterment of his home community. Originally consisting of 121 acres and called "The Lookout," Mr. Harrison owned and developed the area as a public picnic ground. He gave the area to the Commonwealth in 1922.

The scenery at Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park is superb in every season of the year. The fall scenery is early October is especially spectacular.

Leonard Harrison State Park offers family camping, picnicking at over 100 tables, a small overlook trail and hiking along some very rough terrain. Fishing is available to those visitors who wish to make the long, steep hike to the bottom of the canyon to Pine Creek. Species include trout, smallmouth bass and panfish. Nearby trout streams include Marsh Creek, Stoney Fork Creek, Asaph, Straight and Four-Mile Run, which is along the Turkey Path Trail. An environmental interpreter presents resource oriented programs and interpretive walks in the summer. Hunting, trapping and dog training are permitted in designated areas of both parks. Common game species are whitetail deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and gray squirrel.

Attractions - The "Grand Canyon" of Pennsylvania begins just south of Ansonia, along U.S. Route 6 and continues for approximately 47 miles. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, the depth of the canyon is about 800 feet and these park locations afford the most spectacular scenic overlooks.

Leonard Harrison State Park honors Leonard Harrison (1850-1929) of Wellsboro. Mr. Harrison was a civic minded businessman and banker who contributed his time, energy and finances to the betterment of his home community. Originally consisting of 121 acres and called "The Lookout," Mr. Harrison owned and developed the area as a public picnic ground. He gave the area to the Commonwealth in 1922. The park was further developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the mid 1930's. Additional lands were added in the late 1940's.

The scenery at Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park is superb in every season of the year. The fall scenery is early October is especially spectacular. The large abundance of hardwood trees make for beautiful shades of yellow, red and purple. Both parks offer scenic vistas.

Recreation - Leonard Harrison State Park offers family camping, picnicking at over 100 tables, a small overlook trail and hiking along some very rough terrain.

Fishing is available to those visitors who wish to make the long, steep hike to the bottom of the canyon to Pine Creek. Species include trout, smallmouth bass and panfish. Nearby trout streams include Marsh Creek, Stoney Fork Creek, Asaph, Straight and Four-Mile Run, which is along the Turkey Path Trail. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply.

An environmental interpreter presents resource oriented programs and interpretive walks in the summer. A geology brochure is available at the center, along with other educational information. The center is located at the main overlook entrance. It is open during the summer season through the fall foliage season. Informative slide / tape programs about the history of the area are provided. An educational display interprets the area and its wildlife.

Hunting, trapping and dog training are permitted in designated areas of both parks during established Pennsylvania Game Commission seasons, with the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations are in effect for all activities in the park. Common game species are whitetail deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and gray squirrel. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.

Exercise EXTREME CAUTION with firearms at all times. These public parks are used by others throughout the hunting season. Pennsylvania Game Commission laws apply.

Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use by properly licensed hunters only in authorized hunting areas and during those seasons park areas are opened to hunting or under special conditions which may be established by the Department.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Leonard Harrison State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). Precautions should be made when traveling this snowy area in the winter.

Location - To reach the 585-acre Leonard Harrison State Park on the eastern rim, take PA Route 660 west from Wellsboro for 10 miles. The 368-acre Colton Point State Park, on the western rim, is 5 miles south of U.S. Route 6 at Ansonia.


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Contact Information:
Leonard Harrison State Park, R.R. 6, Box 199 , Wellsboro, PA, 16901-8970, Phone: 570-724-3061
, leonardharrison@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Allegheny National Forest Area - The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Colton Point State Park - Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park offer spectacular vistas and a fabulous view of Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. The hiking trails traverse very rugged terrain, passing close to many steep cliffs affording an abundance of unique sights. The 18-mile Pine Creek Trail runs through the bottom of the gorge and provides great bicycling.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

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