Pine Creek Outfitters is located in Ansonia Valley, the site of a former glacial lake during the last ice age. It has very few residents but there are available lodging accommodations, several bars & restaurants, and the village is located right at the entrance to the PA Grand Canyon. Some even compare Ansonia to “the Shire” because of its rural, idyllic setting.
Ansonia is the entrance to the PA Grand Canyon (see map below). River access, bike trail access, and hiking trails are among the many features this little hamlet has to offer. Pine Creek Outfitters, in Ansonia, is the perfect place to start your activities.
State Parks & Recreational Lakes:
Leonard Harrison State Park is located on the EAST RIM of the PA Grand Canyon. Open mid-April through late-October, this park features some of the nicest and most popular vistas of the canyon, picnic & rest areas, 30 tent or trailer sites, a few short hiking trails, including the infamous “Turkey Path,” a steep, scenic trail from the top of the canyon rim down to the bike trail and Pine Creek at the bottom. Visitors’ center with canyon natural history display & slide show, interpretive programs for ages 4 and up. Nearby is Animaland Zoological Park.
Colton Point State Park is located on the WEST RIM of the canyon, and is also noted for its vistas and short hiking trails. The park has wooded group tent sites, picnic areas, and toilet facilities. This side of the canyon is more primitive than the east rim. There is no office at Colton Point State (uses same office as Leonard Harrison State Park) and is self check-in.
Hills Creek State Park is located between Wellsboro and Mansfield. The park has a 137-acre lake with swimming, boating, and fishing, 102 campsites (28 sites w/ electric & water), cabins, yurts, group tenting & picnic areas, short hiking trails. Open mid-April to 3rd weekend of October (cabins & trails open year round).
Little Pine State Park is located between Waterville and English Center. The park has a 94-acre lake with swimming, boating, and fishing, 103 campsites suitable for trailers up to 30’ long, group tenting area, hiking trails, and a x-country ski trail.
Ole Bull State Park is located in Potter County, on Rt 144 south of Galeton and Oleona.
Lyman Run State Park is located in Potter County, southwest of Galeton.
Denton Hill State Park is located on Rt 6 between Galeton and Coudersport. The park offers excellent downhill & x-country skiing trails. Northern gateway of the Susquehannock Trail System.
Cherry Springs State Park is located on Rt 44 between Sweden Valley and Carter Camp
Hammond Lake (Ives Run) is a 680-acre lake with lots of different campsites, swimming, boating, fishing, picnic areas, arboretum, greenhouse, and hiking trails.
Tioga Lake is a 490-acre lake with unrestricted boating. Lambs Creek Rec. Area has 3.2 mile paved bike path.
Hills Creek Lake has a 137-acre lake that provides a beautiful setting with camping, boating, fishing, cabin rentals and yurts.
Little Pine Lake is a 94-acre lake that offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and excellent hiking trails.
Hamilton, Nessmuk, and Beechwood Lakes allow fishing and boating.
Cowanesque Lake is 1,090 acre-park with boating & fishing, swimming, camping, and picnic areas.
The picturesque town of Wellsboro offers much more than just quaint scenery. The town has lots of places to stay, restaurants, shops, and occasionally local events and festivals for everyone to enjoy.
Sports Afield Magazine named Wellsboro a “Best Sports Town,” and Canoe & Kayak Magazine named Wellsboro a “Top Paddling Town” because of its excellent location and small-town charm.
Wellsboro’s architecture, gas lit streets, village green, and friendly people evoke the image of an old New England village you thought existed today only on a postcard.
The Pine Creek Gorge was formed during the last ice age, approx. 15,000 years ago. A large glacial lake flooded in Ansonia, then cut a new channel to the south. Glacial melting and flooding created the many steep-sided streams and valleys, flat-topped mountains, and also the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
Before Europeans came to this area, Pine Creek had served as a travel route for Native Americans for over a thousand years. In present-day Ansonia, they had an established seasonal encampment and cultivated the land on a fertile floodplain called “Big Meadows.” They called Pine Creek Tiadaghton, which means “river of pines.”
When the first European settlers came to this area, they called it the “Black Forest” because the canopy was so thick that sunlight rarely touched the forest floor. The forest was composed mostly of large (150 ft tall and 4 ft wide) white pine and hemlock. During the logging era of the 1800s, most of those magnificent trees were cut down and made into ship masts, and hemlock bark was used to make tanning acid. A railroad was constructed along the bottom of the canyon to access and quickly haul the timber out to market.
By the early 1900s, the majority of the region’s forests had been clear-cut and industry moved on to other places. Many local towns suffered significant population losses as a result, and some became ghost towns. The state of Pennsylvania bought much of the land formerly owned by logging companies. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began replanting parts of the forest and establishing parks. Since then, the railroad has been turned into a recreational bike path, old logging roads have become links in an expansive network of hiking trails, and the forest itself has regrown into a more mixed forest that is predominantly northern hardwoods - creating a fantastic display of colors during autumn.
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