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 61-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 61 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

Jersey Shore to Waterville for lunch

   July, 2016 by bbobbudd

My wife and I rode the southern end of this beautiful trail today. Started at the caboose in Jersey Shore and rode the 11.5 miles (according to my GPS) to Waterville for lunch and a few adult beverages on the patio at the Waterville Tavern. The trail ...read more

A great place for exercise

   July, 2016 by reijon68

The trail is perfect for those looking to log miles and get exercise. The only negative that I have found is that groups don't seem to follow bike etiquette. I constantly got slowed down by people riding side by side, instead of single file. I love the ...read more

Wow!! Best I've Ever Ridden!

   June, 2016 by chris.crenshaw

I've ridden a lot, but this is amazing. After the first few miles you will see few people, but the trail is perfect for miles! Went 30 miles north to Pettecote campground, stayed overnight then came back. Next time I will come down from the north. This ...read more