Pine Creek Rail Trail

A jewel of the Gorge is the Pine Creek Rail Trail voted by USA Today as one of the "10 great places to take a bike tour."

This world-renowned 62+ mile Pine Creek Trail is a multi-use trail that can be used for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Most of the trail is located along the bottom of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

This trail with a 2% grade over its entire length travels through the Gorge starting at the Wellsboro Junction and ending in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.

The opportunities for sightseeing are endless. Trail users can view dramatic rock outcrops, waterfalls, and wildlife like eagle, osprey, coyote, deer, wild turkey, heron, river otter, black bear and many others. Diverse plant life, scattered old-growth timber, historic pine and spruce plantations, and several foundations from the Civilian Conservation Corps era can be found along the trail.

The trail is a hard-packed gravel surface available to hikers and bikers. Equestrians can enjoy a section designed just for horses.

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Cross Country Skiing

Interested in cross country skiing?

The rail trail is groomed for xc skiing during the winter months.

Rail Trail Rules and Regulations

  • Hours of Use: Open to public 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset. Overnight parking is in designated areas and is limited to those with a valid camping permit.
  • Camping: Permits are available at the Tioga District Office at One Nessmuk Lane, Wellsboro, PA 16901 (570) 724-2868 or email fd16@state.pa.us. Camping in designated areas only.
  • Motorized Vehicles: Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the entire 62+ mile trail except emergency, administrative and maintenance.
  • Private Lands: Trail users must respect the rights and privacy of adjoining private property owners at all times. Please do not leave the trail or right-of-way along private property except at clearly designated and marked points.
  • Road Crossings: Trail users must come to a complete stop and look both ways at all public road crossings.
  • Horses: Horseback riding and horse-drawn wagons (with special authorization) are allowed to use the Equestrian trail path beside the hiking/biking path. Horses are not permitted on the new trail surfaces except at turn around points. Hikers/bikers need to be cautious and use courtesy to allow the horseback riders to pass undisturbed. The horseback trailhead is along Marsh Creek Road near the junction of US 6 and PA 362 at Ansonia.
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept on a leash and kept to the right of the trail. Leashes should not exceed six (6) feet in length.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Prohibited on trail, parking lots and campgrounds.
  • Firearms: Firearms may not be discharged from trail, parking lots or campgrounds.
  • Bridges: Fishing, jumping, diving, climbing on trail bridges prohibited.