With a name like the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania", Pine Creek Gorge unsurprisingly offers some pretty memorable scenery to all visitors. There are breathtaking vistas at various points along the gorge's 47-mile length, but some of the absolute best views can be found at Leonard Harrison State Park.
Situated on the eastern rim of the gorge in Tioga County, Leonard Harrison sits directly opposite Colton Point State Park on the western rim. The gorge has a depth of 800 feet and a width of almost 4,000 feet at this point, so the views from either park are truly spectacular.
Leonard Harrison State Park encompasses 585 acres in total and boasts a campground, visitors center, and modern facilities. There are 4.6 miles of hiking trails to explore, taking in pretty waterfalls and expansive views along the way.
You can also access the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a 62-mile multi-use trail for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing, in the park. You'll need to take the very strenuous Turkey Path Trail to get there, however, so this is only for visitors with a decent level of fitness.
Other park highlights include fishing in Pine Creek (for those willing and able to make the long hike down and back), a scenic picnic area, and the chance to get up close and personal with a diverse array of native wildlife.
The 25-site campground boasts warm showers and flushing toilets, as well as electricity to some sites. However, not all sites welcome dogs, so double-check to make sure you reserve a pet-friendly site before you visit. Campsite prices start at $15 per night for Pennsylvania residents.
As always, you'll need to ensure that you and your pet abide by all state park rules and regulations during your stay. These include keeping your pet leashed (leash must be six feet or shorter) and under control at all times, plus cleaning up after your dog whenever required.
If you're happy to take care of these simple responsibilities, why not treat your dog to a camping vacation overlooking Pennsylvania's very own version of the Grand Canyon?