Exploring Bradley Wales Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon

Bradley Wales Scenic Vista in the PA Grand Canyon.

Bradley Wales Scenic View is an exceptional roadside vista on the west rim of the PA Grand Canyon.

View to the southeast from the Bradley Wales Scenic View in Tioga County.
Looking southeast from the Bradley Wales Scenic View in Tioga County.

This spot has been captivating sightseers for generations, as evidenced by this 1950s postcard.

1950s postcard showing the view from Bradley Wales Scenic Overlook.
1950s postcard.

The scene has remained remarkably similar over the past 70 years, except that the New York Central Railroad which ran along the eastern bank of Pine Creek is now the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

The view to the northwest from the Bradley Wales Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon.
The view to the northwest from the Bradley Wales Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon.

How to Find Bradley Wales Scenic View

Bradley Wales Scenic View is located approximately 11 miles south of Colton Point State Park in Tioga County.

A map to the Bradley Wales Picnic Area and Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon.
A map to the Bradley Wales Picnic Area and Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon.

Following Painter-Leetonia Road and then West Rim Road south from Colton Point State Park, you’ll pass several roadside overlooks along the way to Bradley Wales, although none are quite as impressive as the Bradley Wales Scenic View.

Four Mile Vista along West Rim Road in Tioga County.
Four Mile Vista.

Ten miles south of Colton Point State Park, you’ll bear left onto Bradley Wales Road.

Bradley Wales Road where it splits off from West Rim Road in the PA Grand Canyon.
Bradley Wales Road where it splits off from West Rim Road in the PA Grand Canyon.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 41.64323, -77.45868 to find the Bradley Wales Picnic Area.

Restrooms at the Bradley Wales Picnic Area in the PA Grand Canyon.
Restrooms at the picnic area.

The scenic view is just beyond the picnic area, and you can literally park right next to it.

Parking area next to Bradley Wales Scenic View in the PA Grand Canyon.
Parking area next to Bradley Wales Scenic View.

The Vistas at Bradley Wales

The main vista is next to the parking area, where Bradley Wales Road dead-ends.

Bradley Wales Vista in the Pine Creek Gorge.
Looking northwest.

From here you have a stunning view of Pine Creek as it cuts through the PA Grand Canyon.

The Bradley Wales Scenic View on a summer afternoon in Tioga County.
The Bradley Wales Scenic View on a summer afternoon in Tioga County.

Just to the west of the main vista, you’ll find a second view along the West Rim Trail.

Old fence near campsite at Bradley Wales Scenic View in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
Second vista near the West Rim Trail.

An old fence marks the spot of this scenic overlook, and you’ll see a rather large campsite nearby.

Campsite along the West Rim Trail near the Bradley Wales Scenic View.
Campsite along the West Rim Trail.

The view to the southeast from this second vista is quite good, and well worth a few minutes while visiting the main roadside overlook.

View to the southeast from the campsite near the Bradley Wales Picnic Area along the West Rim Trail.
View to the southeast from the second vista along the West Rim Trail.

When you’ve had your fill of Braley Wales Scenic View, you can either backtrack 11 miles to Colton Point State Park, or continue south for 10 miles along West Rim Road until you hit Route 414, passing West Rim Vista along the way.

West Rim Vista along West Rim Road in Tioga County, PA.
West Rim Vista along West Rim Road in Tioga County, near the intersection with Route 414.

Nearby Attractions

Barbour Rock Overlook is another fantastic PA Grand Canyon vista, close to Colton Point State Park.

Hiking to Barbour Rock Overlook in the PA Grand Canyon.
The author at Barbour Rock Overlook in the PA Grand Canyon.

While not roadside like Bradley Wales Scenic View, Barbour Rock is still one of the easier, short hikes in the Pine Creek Gorge.

Barbour Rock Trail sign along Colton Road in Tioga County.
Barbour Rock Trail sign along Colton Road in Tioga County.

Colton Point State Park, which you may pass through on your way to Bradley Wales Scenic View, is home to both towering waterfalls and stunning views.

Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.
Rexford Branch Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

And while the waterfalls require a bit of hiking, most of the vistas are roadside.

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park

Many people come to the PA Grand Canyon region to check out the town of Wellsboro, and The 10 Best Roadside Attractions Near Wellsboro will show you some of the area’s must-see destinations.

The Middle Ridge UMC Church outside Wellsboro.
The Middle Ridge UMC Church outside Wellsboro.

If you’re the adventurous type, the numerous off-trail waterfalls on Bear Run, near Colton Point State Park, are both plentiful and beautiful.

Bear Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge area of Pennsylvania
Bear Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

The Bohen Trail, located roughly 10 miles south of Bradley Wales Scenic View, is a rather strenuous hike with a great payoff!

The author at Bohen Run Falls.
The author at Bohen Run Falls in the Pine Creek Gorge.

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