Pine Creek Rail Trail

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One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. With numerous trailheads, comfort stations, campgrounds and small towns along the route, the well-maintained trail is ideal for an afternoon excursion or a longer trek. The trail is crushed limestone but is suitable for most bike tires.

The Jersey Shore, Pine Creek & Buffalo Railroad began operating here in 1883, carrying timber to sawmills in towns along the floor of the gorge. The railroad also transported coal north to New York State. The last freight train passed through in October 1988.

Relatively flat, with a grade of only 2%, the trail runs from Wellsboro Junction south to Jersey Shore, traversing Tioga and Tiadaghton state forest lands. For 55 of its 62 miles it hugs Pine Creek, offering great views of dramatic rock outcrops and numerous waterfalls, and providing access to whitewater rafting and canoeing in the spring. You may be lucky enough to see an eagle, osprey, coyote or even a black bear on the hillside adjacent to the trail. Other wildlife can also be spotted in the gorge, including deer, wild turkeys, herons, hawks, river otters and beavers.

Horseback riding is allowed on portions of the trail. To use the hard-packed dirt path beside the trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton, equestrians should park at the Ansonia trailhead.

There are many other access points along the route. Several access points with parking are located south of Blackwell along Route 414. The parking lot at Rattlesnake Rock is a popular drop location for canoe and bicycle shuttle services. Another large parking lot is located at the southern end of the trail just north of Waterville.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the northern trailhead from US 6, where it meets PA 287 north of Wellsboro, turn left to travel north on PA 287 and then turn left on Patten Road. The trailhead is on the left beyond the ice cream shop.

The reach the southern trailhead from US 220 in Jersey Shore from Lock Haven, take US 220 and exit at Thomas St.; at the top of the hill turn right at the stop sign then head down hill to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Railroad and go 2 blocks; the trailhead, restrooms and parking lot is on your right.

From Williamsport to Jersey Shore, take US 220 and exit at Thomas Street; go up the ramp to the stop sign, turn left, go over the overpass and proceed down hill to first traffic light; turn right onto Railroad Street and go two blocks to the trailhead on your right.

There are numerous other access points along the trail's route.

Reviews

Open?

   August, 2014 by nanabell

In early summer we rode this trail and I think I remember that the upper part near Wellsboro was going to be closed for awhile for some kind of resurfacing or repair. Is it open now? read more

Pine Creek Trail overnight trip.

   August, 2014 by nicasso

My two daughters, 12 and 10, and I, just took our second overnight trip on the Pine Creek Trail. The first one we took was in August 2012 and we just took another one this past weekend, 2-3 August, 2014. It is a great trail, especially for kids. We rode ...read more

Road Bike VS Hybrid

   July, 2014 by gnace1

We have both Hybrid and carbon fiber road bikes.The trail is a fine crushed stone which would allow you to ride either. There are some soft spots near the road crossings which could be a bit difficult on a road bike. We rode our Hybrid bikes July 4th ...read more