7 Scenic Day Trips with Spectacular Views
By car, train, bicycle or foot, head outside to take in these unforgettable vistas.
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PINE CREEK GORGE
Famously known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Pine Creek Gorge offers breathtaking views for visitors and spectacular trails for hikers. Plunging 800-plus feet down the canyon side to the bottom of the gorge, the 2-mile (down and back) Turkey Path was cleared by timber-hauling mules. Waterfalls greet hikers along this trail, while the shorter (0.6-mile), less strenuous Overlook Trail features an abandoned incinerator.
Pine Creek Gorge, 578 West Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901
3 1/2 hrs
For a more industrial scenic view in a surprisingly wild setting, walk the Gerard Hiking Trail at Venango County’s Oil Creek State Park. Once the site of a minor oil boom in the 1860s — with the Petroleum Centre train station, Drake Well, Miller Farm and drilling machinery frozen in time — the trail loops past steep hills and waterfalls and through wetlands to show how nature can reclaim its territory.
Oil Creek State Park, 305 State Park Road, Oil City, PA 16301
Travel time: 2 hrs
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