Leonard Harrison State Park

Location: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Webpage: Pennsylvania State Park

General Description: Leonard Harrison State Park is a 585 acre park on the east rim of the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  There are modern facilities including a Visitor Center, gift shop, and restrooms and a short walk along a paved trail from the Visitor Center provides some great views of the Pine Creek Gorge with the creek over 800 feet below.  There are a couple of hiking trails that include the Overlook Trail which is a 0.6 mile loop that takes visitors to an excellent overlook of the gorge and the Turkey Trail that descends down the gorge.

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Impressions:

1) The Visitor Center and gift shop are nice buildings made from native stone that provide a gateway to the views of the gorge.  Within the Visitor Center is a small museum providing exhibits about the geology and history of the gorge along with a nice collection of stuffed animals that can be found in the region.  There is also a short video that provides a good overview of the history and points of interest to be found in the park.

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2) The area behind the Visitor Center consists of a nice paved walkway with stone railings along the edge of the gorge where you can obtain great views both up and down stream.  There are a few interpretive signs along the walkway giving information about the wildlife and plants that can be found, along with the geology of the gorge.

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3) The Overlook Trail is of moderate difficulty, especially on the way back up from the overlook.  The view at the overlook is worth the journey and the walk back through the forests along a small stream winding its way back to the Visitor Center is a nice addition.

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