Barbour Rock Trail

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June 04, 2019
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Camping Allowed


Dogs (leashed)

The Barbour Rock Trail at Tioga State Forest in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is a moderate 1-mile loop hike that leads out to a stunning vista point high above the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

The trail starts off by following a flat crushed-stone trail that eventually starts to curve, after 0.2-miles. After 0.2-miles you'll find a trail that skirts off to the left-hand side of the Barbour Rock Accessible Trail - this is where the Barbour Rock Trail continues onto a skinnier dirt path and heads uphill toward Barbour Rock.

Following the yellow blazes, you'll eventually reach another fork in the trail - here, you can stay right to follow the trail uphill towards Barbour Rock (the top of the hill).

After just 0.45-miles, you'll reach the West Rim Trail and the accessible lookout point above Pine Creek Gorge / PA Grand Canyon. Take a left-hand turn at the first lookout point to head to an even better lookout with a rock ledge. After the rock ledge lookout, there's one final lookout point with a fence before the yellow blazes head back into the woods - follow these blazes to complete the loop.

Some lookout points along Pine Creek Gorge have very steep cliffs and no fencing. Hike at your own risk.

Lookout Points
The destination of this hike is the lookout points along the rim of Pine Creek Gorge (Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania). In total there are about 3 overlooks - one fenced and obstructed overlook to the east, the unobstructed Barbour Rock overlook in the middle, and the accessible overlook along the Barbour Rock Accessible Trail. Hikers can visit a 4th vista if they take a 100-foot walk west along the West Rim Trail to the Lone Pine vista as well.

Leashed dogs are allowed and their waste must be carried out.

Parking can be found at the trailhead and parking coordinates provided. You can also park across the street.

This trail was constructed in 1978 by the Youth Conservation Corps and named after Samuel Barbour who died in a log jam on Owassee Rapids in the 1890's. Owassee Rapids is also known as Barbour's Bend.

Camping is technically allowed off of this trail, but no designated campsites can be seen from the trail. Backpackers must be aware of the state forest's primitive camping rules before heading out. More information can be found on the park's site.

Winter Road Conditions
Tioga State Forest does not maintain this road during the winter. Do not attempt driving on this road without proper equipment including snow tires and/or chains unless the road is clear. High wind storms may also cause trees to fall across the road, making the road impassible. If you plan to visit during the winter, plan accordingly.

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November 17, 2020
Took a nice secluded morning hike out to Barbour Rock during the first snowfall of 2020 that really stuck to the trees. Got some nice photos of Pine Creek Gorge with snowy trees.
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October 17, 2020
Drove by the parking lot around 1:30PM on a Saturday during mid-October and the lot was completely full (20 cars) plus about 20 cars parked along the road. Barbour Rock is insanely overcrowded during COVID-19 and unfortunately, if you're looking for solitude, you likely won't find it here on the weekends.
1.2 miles
September 28, 2020
Took an autumn jaunt out along the Barbor Rock Trail (loop, not the accessible trail) to check out some fire foliage in Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon). The state forest maintained this trail in early 2020 to make it a bit easier to follow. The trailheads along the accessible trail are no longer overgrown and the path seems more warn than it was in 2019 likely due to the influx of visitors driven by COVID-19. Also hopped onto the WRT and took some photos of the Lone Pine.
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June 03, 2019
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