The PA Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places to view fall foliage in all of Pennsylvania!
Officially known as the Pine Creek Gorge, this 47 mile-long canyon cuts through the heart of Tioga County and the Tioga State Forest.
If you’ve never been there before (or even if you have), follow along as I share with you directions to some of my favorite spots to experience the incredible fall foliage views in the PA Grand Canyon!
Simply click on the blue text links to get directions and additional information about the areas described.
Leonard Harrison State Park
When most people think of the PA Grand Canyon, they think about Leonard Harrison State Park.
This 585-acre state park on the east rim of the PA Grand Canyon has modern restrooms, a Visitor Center, and many outstanding scenic overlooks of the Pine Creek Gorge.
The most popular trail at Leonard Harrison State Park is the mile-long Turkey Path, which leads you from the rim of the PA Grand Canyon down to the gorge floor and Pine Creek nearly 800 feet below.
Along the trail you’ll pass numerous waterfalls, all of which can be breathtaking sights in October.
Of course much of that is dependent on rainfall, so if you’re visiting during a dry spell the falls themselves may be less impressive.
In any event, this is a strenuous but enjoyable hike, unlike any other fall foliage hike in PA!
The fall foliage views from the bottom of the PA Grand Canyon, along the banks of Pine Creek, are equally impressive.
The Pine Creek Rail Trail crosses the Turkey Path near Pine Creek, and this rails-to-trails hiking/biking path runs the entire length of the PA Grand Canyon.
Colton Point State Park
Of course it takes two sides to make a canyon, and the west rim of the PA Grand Canyon is where you’ll find Colton Point State Park.
This 368-acre state park has no visitor center or modern restrooms (think outhouses), but it makes up for it with TONS of views!
It also has it’s own version of the Turkey Path, albeit narrower and more rugged.
In fact, the best waterfall views on this side of the PA Grand Canyon are mostly off-trail.
Fourmile Run in particular is home to some great fall foliage views, along with several unnamed waterfalls and cascades.
When you combine the stellar views and hiking opportunities on the west rim of the PA Grand Canyon, it’s hard to beat Colton Point State Park for fall foliage views in Pennsylvania!
Bear Run Falls
Bear Run Falls is a series of waterfalls along a small tributary of Pine Creek, located near Colton Point State Park.
Campbells Run Falls
South of Colton Point State Park, but still in the PA Grand Canyon, you’ll find Campbells Run Falls near the Tiadaghton access point to the Pine Creek Rail Trail, mentioned earlier.
This graceful waterfall, often pictured on postcards from the PA Grand Canyon, is just a short hike from the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Along the way, depending on water levels, you may see additional waterfalls along small tributaries of Campbells Run.
Upstream from Campbells Run Falls is another exceptional fall foliage scene for the adventurous at heart – Amphitheatre Falls.
One of the largest waterfalls in this part of the PA Grand Canyon, Amphitheatre Falls is more difficult to reach than Campbells Run Falls, even though they lie on the same stream.
But if you’re an experienced hiker who’s not afraid to get a little dirty and a little wet, Amphitheatre Falls can be an amazing fall foliage scene!
Whether you’ve come for the expansive views from above, or the trails and waterfalls below, the PA Grand Canyon is unlike any other fall foliage destination in Pennsylvania!
My family loves it there, and now you have the information you need to experience the incredible fall foliage views at the PA Grand Canyon for yourself!
“15 PA State Parks Perfect for Fall Foliage Lovers” will guide you to some of PA’s finest state parks for experiencing unforgettable fall foliage views.
If you’re a waterfall fanatic, be sure to check out “35 PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers”.
If you’re interested in visiting what USA Today called the third best place in the entire United States to view fall foliage, be sure to check out “20 Fabulous Fall Foliage Destinations in the Laurel Highlands of PA”.
If you’re interested in finding dazzling fall foliage at the peak of Pennsylvania elk rut, be sure to check out “The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in Pennsylvania”.
If you’re looking to explore deeper in the Pine Creek Gorge, be sure to check out “30 Must-See Waterfalls in Tioga County”.
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