Bradley Wales Scenic View is an exceptional roadside vista on the west rim of the PA Grand Canyon.
This spot has been captivating sightseers for generations, as evidenced by this 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.
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.
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.
Ten miles south of Colton Point State Park, you’ll bear left onto Bradley Wales Road.
If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 41.64323, -77.45868 to find the Bradley Wales Picnic Area.
The scenic view is just beyond the picnic area, and you can literally park right next to it.
The Vistas at Bradley Wales
The main vista is next to the parking area, where Bradley Wales Road dead-ends.
From here you have a stunning view of Pine Creek as it cuts through the PA Grand Canyon.
Just to the west of the main vista, you’ll find a second view along the West Rim Trail.
An old fence marks the spot of this scenic overlook, and you’ll see a rather large campsite nearby.
The view to the southeast from this second vista is quite good, and well worth a few minutes while visiting the main roadside overlook.
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.
Barbour Rock Overlook is another fantastic PA Grand Canyon vista, close to Colton Point State Park.
While not roadside like Bradley Wales Scenic View, Barbour Rock is still one of the easier, short hikes in the Pine Creek Gorge.
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.
And while the waterfalls require a bit of hiking, most of the vistas are roadside.
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.
If you’re the adventurous type, the numerous off-trail waterfalls on Bear Run, near Colton Point State Park, are both plentiful and beautiful.
The Bohen Trail, located roughly 10 miles south of Bradley Wales Scenic View, is a rather strenuous hike with a great payoff!
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