All photos courtesy of Visit Potter - Tioga Pennsylvania
Scenic Wonders Highlight Your Ride Through Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon and Dark Skies Region When You Visit Potter-Tioga
Covering two spectacular counties along Pennsylvania’s scenic northern tier, Visit Potter-Tioga includes ten state parks, two federal parks and over 400,000 acres of state forest. Home to small town main streets filled with eclectic shops, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, natural waters for kayaking, boating and fishing as well as being home to “the best stargazing on the East Coast”, the counties of Tioga and Potter are waiting to welcome you for your next great ride!
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
The rim of the 47-mile gorge known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon plays home to two state parks reached by driving through lush forests and spectacular foliage. Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton State Park offer overlooks and resources perfect to park your bike and take in the unforgettable views. Running the entire length of the canyon floor to points south, the Pine Creek Trail is an outdoor recreation destination ideal for hiking, kayaking, horseback riding as well as for leisure strolling and leaf peeping. The region’s many outfitters are waiting to work with visitors to gear you up and get you out on the trail for the hands-on outdoor experience of your choice!
Star Gazing / State Parks / Lakes
Riding along historic Route 6 from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon west to Potter County, you will discover some of the region’s nostalgic spots like “Mom & Pop” motels, campgrounds, gift shops, eateries and other local businesses committed to helping visitors capture the region’s small-town spirit.
The byways leading up to Cherry Springs State Park viewing area transport you through “God’s Country” to pristine parklands untouched by urban spread. Hailed as the best place on the East Coast to watch the stars with the naked eye, the Dark Skies program at Cherry Springs State Park draws visitors from around the world to witness and capture this spectacular phenomenon.
Parks across both Potter and Tioga Counties offer visitors a wide variety of resources from campsites to marinas, from trails to lakes for those looking to experience Pennsylvania’s great outdoors!
Main Streets & Small-Town Settings Take You Back in Time
Quaint towns like Mansfield, Wellsboro, Galeton and Coudersport are home to historic hotels, restored movie theaters and eclectic shops; restaurants specializing in locally produced fare; and four seasons of locally produced events offering visitors a wide variety of activities to consider when planning a visit to the region. “Dickens of a Christmas”, “The Pennsylvania Laurel Festival”, “Endless Mountains Music Festival” and the all new “Eliot Ness Fest” are only a few of the fun annual events which draw visitors annually to the region. The region’s hotels are known for going the extra step to put out the welcome mat for bikers and bike groups looking for that authentic small-town experience.
Plan your ride at visitporrtertioga.com
This article was originally featured in the Motorcycle Guide in the March/April 2019 digital version of AAA World.