Covering 368 acres of Pennsylvania's Tioga County, Colton Point State Park is a ruggedly beautiful park where you can enjoy a relaxing nature escape. From impressive scenery to hiking, wildlife watching, and fishing, the park offers plenty to see and do. But the most pleasing attraction of all is that pets are welcome in its scenic campground.
Colton Point State Park actually sits on the western rim of Pine Creek Gorge, which is also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. There are several overlooks offering spectacular views of the canyon below, as well as of Leonard Harrison State Park on the other side of the canyon.
The park is open every day of the year and features four miles of hiking trails for those keen to explore on foot. Committed anglers can hike all the way to the bottom of the canyon to fish for panfish, smallmouth bass, and more in Pine Creek, while nature lovers will enjoy both the beautiful fall foliage and the chance to catch a glimpse of any number of wildlife species.
Picnic tables are available for year-round use, while those planning on staying the night can choose from 25 campsites and organized group tenting sites. Pets are welcome in individual campsites but are not permitted in the group areas.
With this in mind, make sure you observe all signposted rules when camping with your pet. These include ensuring that your pooch is leashed and under your control at all times and that they don't create a nuisance for other park users. As always, cleaning up after your dog whenever necessary is another essential responsibility.
While it may not be as well-known or as spectacular as the real thing, Pennsylvania's own version of the Grand Canyon is well worth a visit. And when you can camp out under the stars with your pooch by your side, a trip to Colton Point State Park will be a trip you won't forget any time soon.