Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Kayak Camp the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Originally 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.

Read More

Tags

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

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.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Tioga, Pennsylvania

Ives Run

Overview Ives Run Campground sits on the eastern shore of Hammond Lake in north-central Pennsylvania. Surrounded by lush forested ridges, the lake offers recreation for the entire family, including...

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

South Shore Recreation Area

Overview South Shore Recreation Area is located on the south side of the Cowanesque Lake along State Route 49, just five miles west of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. The area is easily accessible fro...

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

Tompkins

Overview Tompkins Campground is on the north shore of Cowanesque Lake in the northern tier of Pennsylvania, less than one mile from the New York state border. Surrounded by lush forested ridges, th...

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

Lawrence Recreation Area

Overview Lawrence Recreation Area is a day-use facility on the south side of Cowanesque Lake. It is conveniently located on State Route 49 approximately 4 miles west of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania....

Nearby Adventures

  • Backpack the West Rim Trail

    Hiking north to south, the trailhead is just off of Colton Road at a gravel parking lot with bathrooms. The trail is marked with orange blazes and has the largest elevation gain at the beginning and then has relatively moderate elevation change ...

    30.5 miles 5648 ft gain

  • Hike the Barbour Rock Trail

    The parking can be found along Colton Road heading toward Colton Point State Park. There is a large sign opposite the parking and the trail is a wide gravel path through the woods.It is 0.7 miles walk on the path to the vista suitable for anyone. ...

    2.6 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike Leonard Harrison SP's Overlook Trail to Otter View

    This is a simple .6 mile trail that starts around the bathrooms and loops past Otter View.The trail itself is an easy hike. Otter View is a great spot for a family hike. By the bathrooms are different spots to get amazing views. The upper level is...

    0.6 miles

  • Hike Turkey Path

    This is a fairly steep trail with many switchbacks, which makes it an easy hike down and a tough one back. But don't worry there are bridges and stairs to help you out. It is also family friendly, but make sure you plan on taking on the added weig...

    3 miles 800 ft gain