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Attractions/Dining in the PA Wilds and the Pine Creek Valley
The Pine Creek Valley is known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon continues for about 47 miles south to Avis, Pa. where it meets the Susquehanna River encompassing some 300,000 acres. The maximum depth of the canyon is 1,450 feet at Waterville. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks it is about 800 feet from the rim to the bottom and about 4,000 feet from rim to rim. The Grand Canyon provides for an array of outdoor recreation. Stay with us and experience our outdoor paradise!

The mountains and forests of northcentral PA are called the Pennsylvania Wilds. Here you will find the smallest populated county (Forest), a county where the headwaters of the Genesee, the Allegheny and the Susquehanna Rivers all begin (Potter), the Allegheny National Forest, (Warren, Forest, McKean and Jefferson), the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, (Tioga) and so much more. Crosscountry skiing, ATVing, hunting, hiking, fishing... think of something outdoors and it happens here!

There are numerous hiking trails throughout the area. Check out the PA State Parks for a complete list of outdoor activities in the PA Wilds region.
  • Little Pine State Park
  • The Black Forest Trail
  • West Rim Trail
  • Hyner Run State Park
For the cottage, Pine Creek Rails to Trails runs next to the property. Grab a bike and just hop right on. For the lodge, Drive (or bike) approximately 8 miles down the mountain (44S) to gain access to the Pine Creek Trail. This spectacular ride through the canyon offers picturesque views of the mountains and of Pine Creek. Go to Pine Creek Outfitters or Rock River and Trail Outfitters for all your biking excursion needs.
Pine Creek offers some of the best trout fishing in the United States. It is said that some of Teddy Roosevelt's favorite fly fishing spots were in the PA Grand Canyon. The cottage has 150 feet of Pine Creek frontage. Just walk down and start fishing! There are many areas that are stocked at different times throughout the year. See the folks at Slate Run Tackle Shop or McConnell's Country Store in Waterville for all your fishing needs.
The PA Grand Canyon has rapids to meet anyone's level of expertise. (Expert to novice) Go to Pine Creek Outfitters or Rock River and Trail Outfitters for all your rafting excursion needs.
Horseback Riding
Just a short drive up the mountain you will find Fin, Fur and Feather which offers horseback riding. A little farther north try out Tioga Trail Rides for horseback riding through the PA Grand Canyon.
Snowmobile and ATV Trails
There are numerous snowmobile and ATV trails in the area. Fin, Fur and Feather has gas pumps that many find convenient while they are out riding.
There are two local ski slopes in the area. You may want to check out Ski Sawmill or Ski Denton.
Hang gliding
Just a few miles up the mountain, you will find Hyner View State Park which is a popular spot for hang gliders.
Other Interests:
  • Woolrich Outlet Store in Woolrich is just a few miles away and is the maker of classic outdoor clothing and supplies.
  • Bastress Mountain Winery and the Bullfrog Brewery feature a local flavor of wine and beer. Make sure to visit them both!
  • Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat. Explore the beauty of the Susquehanna River. Dinner cruises are available!
  • Williamsport Crosscutters. The single A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NY/Penn League. The Crosscutters play at historical Bowman Field and offer a glimpse of potential future major leaguers during the summer months.
  • Little League Museum is open year round. Don't forget about the Little League World Series in August when Williamsport plays host to teams from around the world during this summer classic.
  • Clyde Peeling's Reptiland in Allenwood is only a short drive away. If you like snakes and other reptiles, this is the place for you.
  • Roxy Movie Theatre in Lock Haven has first run movies.
The cottage and lodge are a short drive from many wonderful dining spots.
  • Pine Creek Inn - has great spaghetti
  • Waterville Hotel - famous moutain burgers
  • Pine Creek Valley Lodge - has nightly entertainment
  • Mountain Top Inn - great for home cooking for lunch or dinner and has a full service bar
  • Cedar Run Inn - fine dining
  • Blackwell Hotel - fine dining
  • Fin, Fur and Feather - diner open for breakfast and lunch
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