Pennsylvania Travel Destinations
TIOGA STATE FOREST
160,000 acres. Located on the Allegheny Plateau in the north-central part of the state, and with some rugged terrain, Tioga State Forest is noted for 800-foot-deep Pine Creek Gorge, known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. The area is hardwood-forested, with oak, black cherry, birch, and some hemlock. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, black bear, and fox.
Activities: There’s one major marked and maintained trail here for hiking and backpacking: the 30-mile West Rim Trail, which follows the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge and offers fine vistas.
White-water canoeing and kayaking are available on Pine Creek in April and May of each year. Cross-country skiing is possible on a 7-mile trail. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in most regions of the forest, with a few areas restricted. Campsites should be at least 100 feet from trails and 200 feet from roads. A permit is required for stays of more than one night per campsite. Campfires are permitted except during periods of fire hazard.
For Further Information: Tioga State Forest, P.O. Box 94, Route 287 South, Wellsboro, PA 16901; (717)724-2868.