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Exploring Nature’s Time Capsule

Written by: on Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Embark on a journey through time and space in the heart of Pennsylvania’s natural wonders with the Canyon Waterfall Geology Hike in Wellsboro. This strenuous yet breathtaking adventure promises to unveil the secrets of an ancient sea through the lens of 300+ year old rocks and fossils, all while immersing you in the stunning beauty of the landscape.

Date and Registration Details

Limited spaces are available for this captivating hike, so mark your calendars! The registration deadline is Thursday, June 1. To secure your spot, simply call (570) 724-3061 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays or on May 27 or 28. The hike itself will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Journey Begins

Starting at lower Turkey Path, participants will be greeted by the ancient remnants of a bygone era – rocks and fossils dating back hundreds of millions of years. Led by both park staff and professional geologists from DNCR’s Bureau of Geological Survey, the one-mile round trip hike will ascend approximately 400 vertical feet along the edge of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Unveiling Geological Marvels

As the hike progresses, the landscape will transform, revealing progressively younger rock formations. From the Lock Haven Formation, deposited around 380 million years ago, to the shoreline and alluvial plane deposits of the Catskill Formation, each step uncovers a new chapter in the gorge’s history.

Logistics and Preparation

Registrants are advised to meet by 9 a.m. in the Darling Run access parking lot for the Pine Creek Rail Trail. From there, a brief bus ride will transport participants approximately 3.5 miles to the base of the trail below Leonard Harrison State Park, where the hike begins.

Proper footwear and layered clothing are essential for this excursion, as well as a small backpack stocked with water and snacks. Prepare to be enthralled by the geological wonders waiting to be discovered along the Canyon Waterfall Geology Hike.

Experience Wellsboro’s Natural Treasures

For those seeking an unforgettable adventure that combines physical challenge with scientific discovery, the Canyon Waterfall Geology Hike offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature’s time capsule. Don’t miss out on this unique exploration of Pennsylvania’s geological heritage – reserve your spot today and prepare to be amazed!

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