Colton Point State Park is found on the west rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. It is one of the two most popular PA Grand Canyon Vista View points...
...The other being Leonard Harrison State Park.
Colton Point State Park is the more primitive of the two state parks, but none-the-less provides an equally spectacular View of the gorge.
A Handicap accessible restroom is available at the Wilson maintenance headquarters, not far from Route 6, past the large bridge that crosses over Pine Creek on Forest / Colton Road.
The pine creek gorge was formed by the movement of the Laurentide Continental glacier when it pushed the earth forming a damn and also forming a lake from the melt off. The force of the ice and water dam gave way and Pine Creek was sent flowing southwest
Following Forest Road for about 5 miles from Route 6 you'll find a parking area to pull off and enjoy the view from Colton Point. On The journey to the lookout you'll pass by Barbour Rock Trail, which has a parking area and a .7-mile handicap accessible Trail. This hike takes you to the Barber Rock overlook Vista. From here you can see down into the canyon and view Pine Creek and the Owassee Rapids. This portion of Pine Creek provides the most dynamic whitewater for boaters and at certain times of the year can be an extremely challenging passage
This turn in Pine Creek is also known as Barbour’s Bend, named after Samuel Barbour, who, as it is told, lost his life here in a logjam during the logging years, when large pines were floated out on Pine Creek.
From the Colton Point State Park overlook you can also see the Pine Creek Rail Trail, one of the Canyon's most popular attractions, a hiking and biking trail that follows pine creek at the floor of the canyon. Remember to check weather and trail conditions before attempting this or any other hike or bike ride, and wear proper footwear and clothing.
The Colton Point State Park camping area is open on the second Friday in April to the third Sunday in October. To make reservations or to get information about this or any other Pennsylvania State Park, call 888-PA-PARKS.