During my many visits to the Pennsylvania Wilds, I’ve had the opportunity to stay in some great hotels in Wellsboro, PA, as well as the surrounding area.
Penn Wells Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, the Penn Wells Hotel is the most historic property in town, dating back more than 150 years.
It is also probably the nicest place to stay in Wellsboro and offers very well-appointed rooms that tie in the hotel’s history with modern amenities. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant, and swimming pool.
Penn Wells Lodge
Located just a few doors down the street from the Penn Wells Hotel, the Penn Wells Lodge is a modern hotel that offers all the amenities you’d expect from a nice place to stay. While it lacks the historical charm of the hotel, the rooms are quite nice. The property also features a great pool.
While it’s not a name-brand hotel, the Penn Well Lodge is the closest hotel you’ll find to one in the area around Wellsboro.
The Canyon Motel is also located in downtown Wellsboro and is the town’s highest-rated hotel on TripAdvisor.
The Canyon Motel is unique in that it features a combination of normal hotel rooms, as well as several suites that feature full kitchens and are perfect for those wanting to do long-term stays or needing to prepare food.
While the motel is a bit light on amenities, it does have a great indoor pool and the rooms are nicely maintained.
State Park Campgrounds
There are several state park campgrounds near Wellsboro that offer campsites for those looking for something a bit more rustic.
The most popular state park in the area is Leonard Harrison State Park. This park features approximately two dozen camping spots with a mixture of electric and non-electric sites. The campground also features a bathhouse.
Across the canyon from Leonard Harrison is Colton Point State Park. This park is more rustic than others and its campground reflects that. Not only is there no bathhouse here, but all 25 spots are first-come, first-served. So, if you want to get a spot here, make sure to arrive early, especially on busy weekends.
The 85-spot campground at Hills Creek State Park east of Wellsboro is probably the most popular campground in the region.
This campground features multiple bathhouses, as well as cabins for those that don’t want to camp in a tent. The park also features several miles of hiking trails and a lake for swimming, boating, and fishing.
All three of the listed campgrounds are open from mid-April through late October. The cabins at Hills Creek State Park are open year-round.
Coach Stop Inn and Tavern
The Coach Stop Inn and Tavern is a basic, but clean hotel along Route 6 near Wellsboro. It is located close to Pine Creek making this a great PA Grand Canyon hotel.
While the hotel doesn’t feature many amenities it’s the perfect spot for exploring the canyon and biking the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
As the name implies, there is a restaurant and bar on the first floor of the inn.
Located on the Pine Creek Rail Trail a few miles north of Blackwell, this is one of the most picturesque campgrounds I’ve ever seen.
The campground is located in a secluded area along the bank of Pine Creek. While there is a road that leads to this spot, cars aren’t allowed to stay overnight, so the road can only be used to bring in or out supplies and for cleaning crews.
That makes this campground a perfect place to stay overnight while biking the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
You are allowed to stay at the Tiadaghton Campground for free for one night, but a permit must be obtained beforehand through the state forest office.
Hotel Manor is located a good distance south of Wellsboro, but if you have spent the day exploring the region and are heading south, this is the perfect place to stay the night or simply enjoy a great meal.
This hotel and restaurant are located in the sleepy community of Slate Run within the canyon.
If you aren’t looking for somewhere to stay (or if you are staying here overnight), Hotel Manor features a great restaurant with an amazing deck overlooking the canyon and Pine Creek. I’ve enjoyed many meals here after a long day of hiking or biking in the area.