IN APPRECIATION OF PROTECTED LAND, PROTECTED WATER
HOW DARLING PRESERVE PROTECTS US
Places like this are rare, very rare, in the world. This ecosystem protects air, water, unique plants and animals, us, and all life on the planet we call home.
Trail information: The trail is a 2.2-mile loop, blazed in blue. Not far from the trailhead, some red and white blazes are seen. The trail is rocky and can be wet. Stay on trails and boardwalks.
Join Brodhead Watershed Association for a guided hike with naturalist Patti O’Keefe at Thomas Darling Preserve!
WHEN: 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 8 P.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 16.
WHERE: The preserve is near Blakeslee, Pa. Directions will be provided to registrants.
REGISTER: Registration is required and limited. To register, go to the events page.
The Get Outdoors Poconos series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
This schedule is tentative. Check back for updates!
Nov. 20: Pocono Heritage Land Trust’s latest acquisition, Rail Gap Pocono Creek Nature Preserve.
Dec. 18: Mount Wismer in Barrett Township.
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.
MAP YOUR FAMILY FUN OUTDOORS
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.
GET YOUR FREE MAP
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
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.
RED ROCK TRAIL
BIG WOODS NATURAL AREA
BROWNS HILL PRESERVE
ForEvergreen Nature Preserve
DELAWARE STATE FOREST'S WARBLER HABITAT
BIRDING AT CAMP WILLIAM PENN
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!