Kayak Camp the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Big Meadows Access - Search Nearby - Added by Shawn Grenninger

Kayak or canoe the 17-mile section of Pine Creek Gorge through what is also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Navigate Owassee and Split Rock Rapids and enjoy the scenic waterway. Keep on the lookout for bald eagles and other wildlife.

Start at the Big Meadows parking area in Ansonia. The water access is at Marsh Creek but almost immediately meets up with Pine Creek. Arrange a shuttle service with Pine Creek Outfitters to either pick you up or shuttle your vehicle to the take out at Blackwell and also pick up one of their waterproof river maps.

Depending on water level, rapids can be class II/III. Owassee Rapids is 2.7 miles into the trip and the first of many camping options will begin 5.1 miles into the trip. Set up camp and explore Several of the runs will lead to beautiful waterfalls.

The Blackwell access for take out is at the route 414 bridge on river left. This completes the 17-mile canyon section. You can also utilize the river map to extend your trip further down Pine Creek. Pine Creek is a free flowing creek, be sure to check water levels to make sure it is runnable. Summer is often too low except after rainfalls.

Tags

Camping
Fishing
Photography
Kayaking
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Stay Nearby

Troupsburg, New York

Bear Bridge Camp

From $198/night

Bath, New York

Hammondsport / Bath KOA

Forksville, Pennsylvania

Hickory Grove Pond

From $120/night

Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA

Nearby Adventures

Backpack the West Rim Trail

30.5 Miles Round Trip - 5648 ft gain

Hike the Barbour Rock Trail

2.6 Miles Round Trip - 0 ft gain

Hike Turkey Path

3 Miles Round Trip - 800 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Fantastic!

Absolutely amazing experience. I do recommend calling ahead to Pine Creek Outfitters, when I went in June the water levels were too low to kayak. This wasn't a problem, however, as they offer a biking alternative down a 10 mile trail through the canyon next to the creek. Fantastic bike ride, plenty of opportunity to get off the bikes and explore the mountain and the creek. You will come to the bottom of Turkey Path while biking, which is a 1.5 hour round trip up the east side of the canyon. This is definitely worth it because it takes you to a well maintained state park lookout post that allows you to view the entire canyon.