public lands


Federal Parks

US Army Corps of Engineers: Locally manages these areas for flood control, habitat/wildlife, and recreation.

Ives Run Recreation Area – Tioga/Hammond Lake

Cowanesque Lake

Mill Cove: The Mill Cove Environmental Area is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased by Mill Cove, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to enhance the area for recreational and environmental education purposes. Future plans call for the addition of an Environmental Education Center along with restrooms, campsites, improved driveway and parking facilities, trails, shooting ranges, and canoe and boating facilities.


Local Municipal Parks

Wellsboro Parks & Recreation: Six area parks encompassing 497 acres in and around Wellsboro.

Packer Park

Woodland Park

Charleston Recreation Area

Meade Recreation Area

Hamilton Lake

Nessmuk Lake: 2017 biologist report on electrofishing


State Parks

Hills Creek: Located in scenic Tioga County, the 407-acre Hills Creek State Park abounds in wildlife. Osprey, loon and waterfowl visit the lake that boasts a variety of warm-water fish species. Camping, cabins, swimming and picnicking make this an ideal spot for a family vacation.

Leonard Harrison: On the east rim of the canyon, the 585-acre Leonard Harrison State Park has modern facilities, a visitor center and the most famous scenic views of the canyon.

Colton Point: On the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the 368-acre Colton Point State Park resonates with the rustic charm of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of the 1930s. The rugged overlooks offer great views of the canyon

State Forests

Tioga State Forest:  Containing 161,890 acres in Bradford and Tioga counties. The forest hosts the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.” Tioga features awe-inspiring views and miles of clean, cool streams, like Cedar Run and Babbs Creek and is one of eight state forests located in the PA Wilds region.

Game Lands

Game Commission: lead state wildlife agency 


Fish Commission: lead state fish, reptiles, amphibians, and boating agency also regulates use of waterways


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