IN APPRECIATION OF PROTECTED LAND, PROTECTED WATER
GET YOUR FREE MAP
Most of the locations on the map are free to visit — protected with public tax dollars by townships, boroughs, Monroe County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These lands protect drinking water and native forests, provide healthful recreation, and support wild trout fisheries and wildlife habitat. The map and the Get Outdoors Poconos series of public hikes are supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
To get a copy of the map “Finding fun in the Brodhead Watershed,” check these locations. Please call to confirm hours for browsing and curbside pickup.
• Barrett Paradise Friendly Library, 6500 Route 191, Cresco, PA 18326; (570) 595-7171
• Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road, Pocono Pines, PA 18350; (570) 646-0826
• Hughes Library, 1002 North Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360; (570) 421-0800
• Library of the Smithfields, 5200 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302; (570) 223-1881
• Pocono Mountain Public Library, 5500 Municipal Drive, Tobyhanna, PA 18466; (570) 894-8860
• Western Pocono Community Library, 131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, PA 18322; (570) 992-7934
• Steele’s Ace Hardware, 6626 Route 191, Cresco, PA 18326; (570) 595-2501
BWA will gladly mail a map to members only. Email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. Not a member? You can join online at brodheadwatershed.org/become-a-member/ and then email your map request to email@example.com.
Map your family fun outdoors
With every morning smelling like spring in the lead-up to Earth Day on April 22, 2021, wouldn’t you like to get outside and play?
Brodhead Watershed Association has just the ticket: “Finding fun in the Brodhead Watershed,” a map of nature-based water activities, all but one of them public and free, right here in the Poconos – nature’s original waterpark.
Waterfalls. Fishing holes. Places to paddle and wade. Driveable views and hikeable views. Even two short kayak routes. You’ll find something here for people of most abilities. One side of the map gives you an idea of where activities are, and the other lists corresponding addresses, GPS and descriptions, and indicates activities suitable for children and people who use wheelchairs. We even tell you where your well-behaved, leashed dog can go with you.
Even with the arrival of artificial indoor playscapes trying to mimic the outdoors, our area’s most precious real attractions are unchanged. Pine-scented air. Icy, fast-running creeks and streams that provide safe drinking water for ourselves, visitors and neighbors. Thousands of acres of deep forestland nourishing our atmosphere. Wetlands teeming with life. Places where the balance of nature rules.
Feeling inspired? Nature does that for people! Get your free copy of “Finding fun in the Brodhead Watershed” at libraries throughout the watershed.
We continue to plan Get Outdoors Poconos hikes through 2021, although no in-person events will be held until further notice. This schedule is tentative. Check back for updates!
May 2021: Cranberry Creek “canyon falls”
June 2021: Marshall Falls with Smithfield Township Supervisor Brian Barrett
July 2021: Snorkel at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
August 2021: Ramble at Skytop
September 2021: Josie Porter Farm
October 2021: Ridge from Browns Hill to Ice Lake to Cresco Heights
November 2021: Rattlesnake Falls
Photography policy: Attendance at BWA programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and electronic media. Images will not be identified using full names without written approval from the individual. Please notify BWA staff if you would prefer that your photo not be used.
HIKE BOOKLETS TO DOWNLOAD
Volumes 1 and 2 of our Get Outdoors Poconos compilation booklets are available to download. Click on the image to see and download the PDF documents – save them on your phone for easy access while hiking!
Paper copies are available at BWA’s office. BWA is happy to mail booklets to members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup or mailing.
Volume 1: Pinebrook Park, Paradise-Price Preserve, Cherry Creek Loop, Austin T. Blakeslee Preserve, West End Regional Park, Thunder Swamp, Silver Valley Natural Area, Pasold Farm Preserve, Childs Park, Snow Shanty Loop, Sherwood Forest Greenway, Long Swamp, Swiftwater Forest Preserve, Zimmer Preserve, Stairway Ridge, Shuman Point, Mount Wismer
Volume 2: Big Woods, Mount Nebo, Red Rock Loop, Thomas Darling Preserve, Bruce Lake Natural Area, Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Lacawac Sanctuary, Mount Wismer ‘from the top,’ Nothstein Preserve, West End Regional Park’s East End, Chestnut Mountain, Paradise-Price Preserve’s Waterfall Trail
More hikes are listed below in the hiker’s archives! A third volume is planned.
thomas darling preserve
RED ROCK TRAIL
BIG WOODS NATURAL AREA
BROWNS HILL PRESERVE
ForEvergreen Nature Preserve
DELAWARE STATE FOREST'S WARBLER HABITAT
MOUNT WISMER 'FROM THE TOP'
CHERRY VALLEY WILDLIFE REFUGE
GRAVEL FAMILY NATURE PRESERVE
CHERRY VALLEY REFUGE REVISITED
pasold farm REVISITED
CHERRY VALLEY SCAVENGER HUNT
PARADISE DISCOVERY PARK
SWIFTWATER FOREST PRESERVE
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE
PARADISE-PRICE PRESERVE TO THE WATERFALLS
VAN BUSKIRK PRESERVE
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN REVISITED
PRESERVED PRIVATE LANDS
EAGLES REST FARM
FOR THE BIRDS
As we hike through the Poconos, let’s give a thought to the imperiled golden-winged warbler and a nod to the landowners who make a point to provide habitat.
THE DRY DAM
MAKING CONNECTIONS: TRAILBLAZERS
With trails scattered throughout the county, many would-be walkers don’t know where to start.
What if existing trails could be linked, with access and parking at clearly marked trailheads in every township? More — what if our trail system could be linked to networks of trails beyond? What if you could bike, say, from Delaware Water Gap to the Portland footbridge — even all the way to the Statue of Liberty?
That’s not a pipe dream. Read more about the trail plans here.
INDOOR ADVENTURE: ESU'S SCHISLER MUSEUM
In the span of an hour at the Schisler Museum at East Stroudsburg University, visitors can tour the Frozen North, a Boreal Forest, Canyon Country, the Verdant East, and the African Bush.
HOW A COMMUNITY CHANGED CHERRY VALLEY
Pennsylvania protects its outdoor heritage with state parks, state forests, and game lands. What luck to have all of these nearby!