West Rim Trail
The West Rim Trail travels north/south from Ansonia at the northern end of the PA Grand Canyon to Rattlesnake Rock Access Area near Blackwell. The trail is 30.5 miles long and offers beautiful vistas especially in the fall. Backpacking is popular on the West Rim Trail and it is kept in good condition, well marked and the hiking is easy to moderate. There are plenty of campsites and water sources along the trail and the West Rim Road offers accessibility for day hiking or single overnights. A back country permit is required and can be acquired at the DCNR office just outside Wellsboro on Rt 287 S.
A little over a mile of continuous uphill to the top lets you check out one of the best views of the PA Grand Canyon! Gillespie Point is sometimes called the Matterhorn of PA (if there could be such a thing...). It's located directly above the village of Blackwell and is part of the Mid State Trail. This is our personal favorite for watching the full moon. On a clear night take your backpack and camping gear to the top and sleep out on the rocky ledges cowboy style!
Sand Run Falls
Sand Run Falls is located just outside of Arnot, PA.
This area is loaded with waterfalls, Sand Run being the largest. The trail to Sand Run Falls is 6.8 miles round trip and the trail is well marked and maintained thanks to a local Boyscout troop. We hike this trail at all times of the year and there is something to enjoy in each season. The trail is usually wet so wear waterproof footwear. If you're feeling a little adventurous try wandering up a few of the side streams from Sand Run. You'll find secret waterfalls, deep pools for summer soaking and we've even seen an osprey nest on some of the rocky cliffs here!
An old trail revived by our local trail club, Mt. Tom offers a fantastic view of the Ansonia valley! Don't let the mileage of only 3.7 miles fool you. This hike makes up for length with one if the steepest climbs in the county! The trail head can be found at the Darling Run parking area in Ansonia. A good work out with a rewarding view at all times of the year but be prepared with snowshoes and poles if you do this one in the winter.
Old Loggers PathThe Old Logger's path is a beautiful 27 mile loop offering astounding views of PA's state forests! It is located near the little town of Ralston, PA just northeast of Williamsport and makes a 27 mile loop through the Rock Run valley among other places. This trail is well blazed and offers easy walking and backpacking. Make sure and plan to camp somewhere between the 7 and 11 mile markers! You won't want to miss the streams here or the views!