The fall foliage can’t be beat in Pennsylvania and the best of the best can be found right in Wellsboro. Put off your indoor workouts (we’re looking at you, elliptical machines and stair-steppers) for as long as possible with a multi-day hiking trek or brisk jog in Tioga County. Here, you’ll find enough hiking and running trails to keep you adventuring all season. The only challenge? Not stopping your workout to Instagram the views.
Here’s a short guide to just a few of the many must-visit hiking and running trails in Tioga County:
West Rim Trail: Clocking in at 30 miles, this hiking trail runs along the western rim of the Pennsylvania Grand canyon. Its prime location in the Tioga State Forest is perfect for two- to four-day backpacking treks.
Turkey Path: Ideal for pros, Turkey Path is located in Leonard Harrison State Park and features a mile-long descent to the bottom of Pine Creek Gorge. Along the way, be sure to scope out the multiple waterfalls.
Pine Creek Rail Trail: A favorite of visitors, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is an easy-riding 62-mile trek that begins in Wellsboro Junction and ends in the Tiadaghton State Forest. With only a 2-percent grade and a packed gravel surface, the trail is best for walking and jogging. Bonus: keep an eye out for the local wildlife that like to make an appearance. (The kids will love it.)
Yellow Birch Trail: Short on time? This 1-mile trail packs a punch with über-diverse forestry and wildlife. Plus, the trail begins right at the entrance of the campground, eliminating any guesswork.
Barbour Rock Trail: Perfect for families or those with disabilities, Barbour Rock Trail is .75 miles and is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act and can be accessed via wheelchair, strollers, and motorized scooters. The views of the Owassee Rapids also can’t be beat.
US Army Corps Lambs Creek Bike and Hike Trail: If you’re still holding onto summer days on the water, this 3.2-mile trail that runs along the Tioga River will have you transitioning into fall in no time. Plus, the trail is well-maintained and marked, making it a fantastic choice for a fast-paced workout.
Mid-State Trail: Coined “The Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania,” this 323-mile trail feeds into several offshoot trails. It’s perfect for hiking pros looking for a backcountry option or would like to customize their adventure.
Bear Run Nature Trail Loop: Don’t feel like maneuvering a windy trail? Opt for this easy-to-navigate loop. Seasoned hikers will love its Hemlock forest.
Lakeside Trail at Hills Creek State Park: Bird watchers won’t be able to get enough of Lakeside Trail. A huge variety of seeds derived from the diverse forestry attracts birds of all types along this 3-mile trail. Tip: if birds aren’t your fancy, there’s also a beaver house about one mile into the trek.
Sand Run Falls Trail: Those looking for a slightly more whimsical hiking activity will love this trail marked by waterfalls. On a warmer fall day, strap on some waterproof shoes and hike this 6.8-mile trail located in Arnot, Pennsylvania. Word is there are loads of secret waterfalls to discover.
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