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Returning Home from a Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 3

Leaving Knapp’s Covered Bridge, we continued driving west on U.S. Route 6.  Our last sightseeing stop before returning home from our Pocono Mountains weekend getaway was in Wellsboro, where we stopped briefly in the town center before visiting Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park.

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Mary Wells Morris statue

The Mary Wells Morris statue sits near the Tioga County Courthouse, located across the street from The Green.  Wellsboro was settled by Benjamin Morris and his wife, Mary.  According to this article, the statue has stood next to the historical society on Main Street since 2009.  We have visited Wellsboro frequently over the years, as it is within a 2-hour drive of our home.  This was the first time that we saw this statue.

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Tioga County Courthouse

Across the street from the courthouse is The Green.

_LG21277The Green’s centerpiece is the Wynken, Blyken and Nod statue and fountain.

_LG21253During our visit, the fountain had not yet been turned on.

One of the features of this quaint town that I adore are the gas lit streets.

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Wellsboro’s gas lit Main Street

Wellsboro is the gateway to the spectacular Pine Creek Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which stretches 50 miles and reaches depths of 1,000 feet. Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park perch on opposite sides of the canyon.

Leonard Harrison State Park, the east rim of the canyon, may be reached by following Route 660 West of Wellsboro for approximately 12 miles.

_LG21260Route 660 ends at the entrance to Leonard Harrison State Park.

_LG21262Walk through this entrance and feast your eyes on the spectacular views of Pine Creek Gorge!

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Pine Creek Gorge
(photo by Bob)

_LG21270Pine Creek Gorge is magnificent!

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To view the canyon from Colton Point State Park, the west rim of the canyon, follow Route 6 West of Wellsboro. The entrance to the park is along Route 6 in Ansonia approximately 12 miles from the town of Wellsboro.

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Pine Creek Gorge from one of Colton Point State Park’s overlooks

There is a circular one-way road that passes by several picnic pavilions.  We usually drive on this road and head back down the mountain.  On this visit we decided to check out the trail that lies beyond the wood fence.

_LG21295Beyond the wood fence is a trail.

I believe this is part of the Rim Trail.  I am not certain, though, as Rim Trail follows the perimeter of the ‘point’ and links all of the overlook view areas together into a wonderful and mostly flat hike.  As you will see in a video later in this blog post, this particular trail was not flat!

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Pine Creek Gorge,
as seen from the trail beyond the wood fence

The highlight of our visit to Colton Point State Park was discovering this view of Turkey Path Falls, which is visible on the trail beyond the wood fence.

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Turkey Path Falls

This was the first time I had seen the falls.  Bob saw this waterfall on an earlier trip to Wellsboro.  He hiked the Turkey Path Trail, which is accessible from Leonard Harrison State Park.  The trail is 2 miles round trip and is described as a “most difficult trail”.  I opted not to hike that trail!  Turkey Path Trail trail descends one mile to the bottom of Pine Creek Gorge.  It is a down and back trail.  The top half of the trail descends through a series of switchbacks to a view of Little Four-Mile Run at 0.5 miles, then on a short distance to the first waterfall. The trail continues downward along narrow switchbacks and wooden decking, bridges, and steps. The lowest parts of the trail are along a series of waterfalls. The trail ends at the Pine Creek Trail.  The photograph displayed above is where Turkey Path Trail ends.  When Bob hiked the Turkey Path Trail in July 2016, there was only a trickle of water coming down the hill.  Turkey Path Falls was gushing during our most recent visit!

A little further along on the trail we were able to see the viewing area at Leonard Harrison State Park.

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Leonard Harrison State Park,
as seen from Colton Point State Park

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Bob hiked down the trail quite a bit farther than I did.

Here is a direct link, in the event you are not able to view the embedded video.

I’m happy that I stopped hiking the trail where I did!

 

We ate a picnic lunch, when we returned from our hike.

_LG21297One of the picnic pavilions located on the circular loop.

After our picnic we left Colton Point State Park and continued our drive west on U.S. Route 6 to our home in Warren, PA.  We returned home around 5:00 pm.

 

3 Responses to “Returning Home from a Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 3”

  1. Eileen

    Hello Linda, love the statues. The view of the gorge is awesome. Wonderful series of photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

    Reply

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