Colton Point State Park is a 368-acre piece of public land situated on the western rim of Pine Creek Gorge. Commonly referred to as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon, this park is full of the remnants of the Civilian Conservation Corps who first built it in the mid-1930s.
Hiking is one of the most favorite past times here at Colton Point, with over four miles of trails to explore and enjoy. They range from easy to moderate, with something for just about everyone. However, your dog will have to stay on the path; no running through the woods chasing the wildlife. Most of these trails lead to some extraordinary pieces of natural scenery in the Pennsylvania area such as huge waterfalls and deep gorges.
While these trails are regularly maintained, park officials urge guests to take care on any wet surfaces they might encounter. Many of the paths are paved, which can give visitors a false sense of security while exploring them. Dogs are allowed on all of the public trails, provided they stay on a 6-foot leash or shorter. Doggie stations are located at all path entrances and exits.
Fishing is popular here as well in Pine Creek, the park's only body of water. Situated at the bottom of the canyon, it boasts a wide array of freshwater fish to try your luck at catching. Also, several streams flow in and out of this creek, providing additional fishing opportunities. Canines are allowed in and around the creek, provided they stay leashed up.
If you are more of a snowbird, Colton Point State Park offers some of the best snowmobiling in the state. The park is part of the broader Tioga State Forest's trail network that opens up the day following the end of deer season in late December.
Public restrooms remain open throughout the winter months, as does all public parking. If you need more information on the season specifics, it is located on the Pennsylvania State Parks website. Dogs are welcome during the winter months, but owners should use discretion when bringing an animal around sporting equipment.