Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pine Creek Gorge Adventures

The Gorge

Pine Creek Gorge is a National Natural Landmark and should be visited on any tour of Pennsylvania. Several small true old-growth stands are scattered along the steep walls of the Gorge, the gorge is cut nearly straight down about 1,000 feet by Pine Creek.

Besides the stunning views and natural beauty there are a myriad of things to see and do on your trip to the Pine Creek Gorge. Plan to spend ample time exploring the area and enjoying all that it has to offer.


The area has numerous hotels and motels but don't overlook the cabin rentals available throughout the area. A rustic log cabin rental can add a unique experience to your stay at the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania".

Pine Creek camping provides a solitude that's hard to find in the hustle and bustle of modern life. Campgrounds are available all around the area as well as state forest sites.

Hiking, Biking, Paddling

The rail trail stretches for almost 60 miles from Ansonia to Jersey Shore and is one of the top rated trails in the state.

Bikes are available to rent near the rail head in Ansonia and several shuttle services can provide a lift back to your vehicle after your ride.

The trail is also a great place for a leisurely hike, covered in crushed gravel with a gentle grade it is suitable for all ages. There a re camping spots available along the trail as well as many great spots for a picnic.

The Pine can get very low in the summer and is not always suitable for paddling. However when the water is flowing it's a fantastic place for a kayak, canoe or raft. It's recommended that the gauge at Cedar Run be over 2.4' to be sure of adequate water.

After a good rain the Pine rises and falls quickly, so plan accordingly.

Most of the Pine is easy paddling and very doable even for novices. Normal safety precautions should suffice.

The Pine Creek valley is rich in history, packed with activities for any age or skill and a wonderful experience for weekend get away or a full vacation.

So grab your bike, canoe and hiking shoes and head out for adventure.