Wellsboro, PA (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
What do Pennsylvanias Pine Creek Gorge, Californias Golden Gate Bridge and Australias Ayers Rock share? If ideas consist of adjectives explaining how marvelous these landmarks are, people are not alone: these three treasures belong to a much larger list established by travel website Virtual Tourist for their 8th Wonder of the World contest.
. Virtual Traveler, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor Media Team, developed this contest in very early summertime and entrants were suggested by Visitors Bureaus, Tourism Boards and Chambers of Commerce; the outcome was a listing of more than 300 elections from around the world. Of these 300 entrants, Pine Creek Gorge and other widely known Pennsylvania locations made the list. But in the midst of sites widely well-known by worldwide crowds, why should Pine Creek Gorge win the title of 8th World Marvel? The response may be unexpected.
. Most generally referred to as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Pine Creek Gorge was formed throughout the last Glacial epoch; its formation was so prolific that it in fact triggered Pine Creek to flow in the contrary direction (southward rather of northward). The 20,000 year old spots is 47 miles long, stretching with Tioga and Lycoming Counties in northcentral Pennsylvania. At its largest point, the gorge is 1,450 feet deep and nearly a mile large. It functioned as a significant travel route and seasonal campsite for Native Americans and was home to giant trees such as Eastern White Pine, Eastern Hemlock and woods. The gorge has actually endured the lumber boom and deforestation during the 1800s, in addition to forest fires, landslides and flood throughout its extensive lifetime: visitors today may be shocked to discover that the forested hills that lay prior to them were once barren, and had it not been for the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s it would not be as beautiful as it is today. In 1968, the National forest Service designated a 12-mile area of the gorge as a National Natural Landmark; this area is the home of Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park, which border the east and west rims of the gorge in Tioga County.
. Today, the fate of this recreation-rich location lays in voters hands in the 8th World Wonder contestsupporters can vote when per day until the contest ends on September 30. To elect this feat of nature, please go to http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder, scroll down until you see Pine Creek Gorge and click on the Vote button. First time visitors to the Gorge should keep in mind that there is plenty to do and see: take in the vast landscape from either of the state parks, trip on among the many trails, swim or fish in Pine Creek (its one of the best trout streams in Pennsylvania!), or take a bike journey along the world-famous Pine Creek Rail Trail at the floor of the canyon. Required aid preparing a journey? Go to http://www.visittiogapa.com for location information, other tourist attractions, and dining and lodging ideas.