Explore Wellsboro: The Small Town with the Big Back Yard

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Take some time to relax and enjoy the idyllic small-town lifestyle when you visit historic Wellsboro, located along scenic Route 6 in north central Pennsylvania. This is the place where turn-of-the-century shops line the main thoroughfare and when the sun sets, authentic gaslights illuminate the charming downtown. And just beyond the locally owned boutiques and hotels are lush woodlands beckoning for outdoor adventures.

Experience Small-Town Life…

Stay in the historic Penn Wells Hotel & Lodge, dating back to 1869 or choose from one of the many other lodging options. Stroll Wellsboro’s charming downtown or take the walking tour. Wander the one-of-a-kind, family-owned shops and boutiques, where you can go shopping for everything from fine chocolates and antiques to outdoor apparel and brand-name fashions. Don’t miss browsing Dunham’s Department Store, which dates back to 1905 and is one of the last family-owned, independent department stores in the country.

Autumn Themed Decorations on Streets of Wellsboro

Wellsboro also happens to have a rich arts and culture scene, bringing together the community for all kinds of entertainment. Watch the latest films to hit the big screen in the restored 1920s Art Deco-style Arcadia Theatre, view art exhibits at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, or watch live performances at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts.

Meanwhile, festivals and events bring the town to life throughout the year, showcasing seasonal splendor for all to enjoy. During the summer, the weeklong PA State Laurel Festival boasts a parade and a juried arts and crafts fair, while Endless Mountain Music Festival features world-renowned musicians. For a winter wonderland, explore during Dickens of a Christmas, which includes a Victorian marketplace, caroling, old-time costumery, and more, or ride the trolley to see the holiday displays during Christmas on Main Street.

…And Then Explore the Great Outdoors

Take a scenic ride on the Tioga Central Railroad and enjoy dinner on the train, or play a round of golf at Wellsboro’s Tyoga Country Club. For the more adventurous, the area boast miles of challenging trails for mountain biking and hiking for all levels.

Train on Tracks in Wellsboro

No trip to Wellsboro would be complete without venturing to nearby Pine Creek Gorge—a breathtaking natural feature known as “Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon,” located just 10 miles from downtown Wellsboro.

Take in dramatic views from the east side of the canyon when you trek the challenging 2-mile Turkey Path or easy access Overlook Trail in Leonard Harrison State Park, or enjoy the vistas on the west side of the gorge when you stroll along the 1-mile Rim Trail, which connects all of the overlook view areas in Colton Point State Park.

People Running and Walking Dogs on Trail in Wellsboro

At the bottom of Pine Creek Gorge is the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail, a multi-use trail for biking, hiking, and, in winter months, cross-country skiing. You can even ride along the rail trail in an old-fashioned covered wagon when you book a trip with Ole Covered Wagon Tours.

For fun on the water, go on a guided rafting adventure with Pine Creek Outfitters, offering everything from half-day whitewater trips along the Upper Pine Creek to multi-day rafting excursions through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. There’s no shortage of adventure, by land or by water.

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