IN APPRECIATION OF PROTECTED LAND, PROTECTED WATER

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CHERRY VALLEY SCAVENGER HUNT

The COVID-19 emergency canceled the planned Get Outdoors Poconos hike in July 2020. So BWA offers instead a self-guided scavenger hunt for families at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. 

SAVE THE DATE!

IN AUGUST: A virtual hike to Indian Ladder Falls

September 19: Snow Hill Road, Delaware State Forest

More hikes are being planned for later in 2020. Check back for details!

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Hiker's archives

PINEBROOK PARK
PINEBROOK PARK

Easy, flat trails for all. Protects the Brodhead Creek.

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PARADISE-PRICE PRESERVE

Easy, 1-mile trail through woods, and then another trail leading to waterfalls. Protects Brodhead and Cranberry creeks.

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Cherry Creek Loop
CHERRY CREEK LOOP

Easy, interesting 2.6 miles. Protects Cherry Creek.

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Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area
AUSTIN T. BLAKESLEE NATURAL AREA

A nearby haven for hikers. Protects Tobyhanna Creek.

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West End Regional Park
WEST END REGIONAL PARK

An easy 3.3 miles. Protects McMichael Creek.

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Thunder Swamp
THUNDER SWAMP

What glaciers made. Protects Little Bushkill Creek and Delaware River. Read more.

Thomas Darling Preserve
thomas darling preserve

Footbridges, boardwalks, ancient marsh waters and glacier-carved landscape. Protects Two-mile Run and Tobyhanna Creek.

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Mount Nebo
MOUNT NEBO

Secluded yet close to civilization; 159-acre park straddles a ridge between two creeks. Protects Marshalls Creek.

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Red Rock Trail
RED ROCK TRAIL

Manicured trails (4 miles of them) right off the road. Flora and fauna all year. Protects Forest Hills Run and Paradise Creek.

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Big Woods Natural Area
BIG WOODS NATURAL AREA

Fairly easy hiking, and popular with bikers and equestrians.
Protects McMichael Creek.

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Minisink Park
MINISINK PARK

28 acres left mostly natural. Easy trails. Protects Cherry and Brodhead creeks.

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East Stroudsburg University's Arboretum
EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY'S ARBORETUM

A tree museum with easy walking.

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Bluestone -Browns Hill Preserve
BROWNS HILL PRESERVE

Easy trail on old woods road. 20-foot rock cairn. Start of a public-land greenway. Protects Brodhead, Cranberry creeks.

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ForEvergreen Nature Preserve-Lewis
ForEvergreen Nature Preserve

Mile loop that passes by an eagle nest. Protects Brodhead Creek.

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DELAWARE STATE FOREST'S WARBLER HABITAT-Warbler
DELAWARE STATE FOREST'S WARBLER HABITAT

Special site catering to the tiny cerulean warbler.

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ICE LAKE SCAVENGER HUNT

An outdoor challenge for families to enjoy.

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SILVER VALLEY

A network of trails along the beautiful McMichael. Protects McMichael Creek.

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Pasold Farm Nature Preserve
pasold farm nature preserve

64 acres of “enchantment.”
Protects Brodhead Creek.

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CHILDS PARK falls bridge
CHILDS PARK

Water, water everywhere. Protects Dingmans Creek.

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SNOW SHANTY LOOP PROMISED
SNOW SHANTY LOOP

Family-friendly outing. Protects Snow Shanty Run and Wallenpaupack Creek.

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SHERWOOD FOREST
SHERWOOD FOREST

A view from the top. Protects Appenzell and McMichael creeks.

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Long Swamp
Long Swamp

Visit a relic of the Ice Age.  Protects Dingmans Creek.

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MOUNT WISMER 'FROM THE TOP'
MOUNT WISMER 'FROM THE TOP'

An easier way to get to the top of Mount Wismer for the beautiful view.

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WEST END REGIONAL PARK'S EAST END
WEST END REGIONAL PARK'S EAST END

A 2-mile challenge for hikers and bikers. Protects McMichael Creek.

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NOTHSTEIN PRESERVE
NOTHSTEIN PRESERVE

150 acres to explore: Cranberry Creek crossing, old stone quarry and a gorge. Protects Cranberry Creek in Paradise watershed.

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CHERRY VALLEY WILDLIFE REFUGE
CHERRY VALLEY WILDLIFE REFUGE

193 acres of forested preserve featuring Cherry Creek and two walking loops. Protects Cherry Creek.

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LACAWAC SANCTUARY
LACAWAC SANCTUARY

Lake views, extensive wildlife.  Protects Wallenpaupack Creek.

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BRUCE LAKE NATURAL AREA
BRUCE LAKE NATURAL AREA

An 8-mile trail network featuring wildlife and two lakes. Protects Egypt Creek and Lackawaxen River.

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GRAVEL FAMILY NATURE PRESERVE

Blueberry fields and a creek in the shadow of Mount Wismer. Protects Brodhead Creek headwaters.

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CHERRY VALLEY REFUGE REVISITED
CHERRY VALLEY REFUGE REVISITED

A year later, see how former golf course has rejoined its place in nature. Protects Cherry Creek.

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pasold farm
pasold farm REVISITED

Elephant-sized boulders and a picturesque farm spring. Protects Brodhead Creek.

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WOLF ROCKS

3.5 miles on Appalachian Trail. 180-degree views.

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TABLE ROCK

Search for signs of a glacier. Protects Caledonia Creek.

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GLEN RUN

Hiking, biking in Stroudsburg’s backyard. Protects Cherry Creek.

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CRESCO HEIGHTS

Three miles and an amazing view. Protects Brodhead Creek.

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TARGA FALLS

Water, water everywhere. Protects Brodhead Creek.

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CHERRY VALLEY SCAVENGER HUNT

Family fun searching for habitats. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge protects Cherry Creek.

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SWIFTWATER FOREST PRESERVE

Explore the old woods. Protects Swiftwater Creek and Forest Hills Run.

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ZIMMER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
ZIMMER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

History to be found. Protects Brodhead Creek headwaters.

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STAIRWAY RIDGE
STAIRWAY RIDGE

Well worth the climb. Protects Delaware River.

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SHUMAN POINT NATURAL AREA
SHUMAN POINT NATURAL AREA

An oasis along Lake Wallenpaupack. Protects Wallenpaupack Creek.

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MOUNT WISMER
MOUNT WISMER

Panorama from the top. Protects Brodhead Creek headwaters.

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CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE

Scenic views, glacier-deposited boulders. Protects Buck Hill Creek.

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PARADISE-PRICE PRESERVE TO THE WATERFALLS
PARADISE-PRICE PRESERVE TO THE WATERFALLS

A challenging hike of about 5 miles toward the falls on Brodhead Creek. Protects Paradise and Brodhead creeks.

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CHERRY VALLEY RIDGE TRAIL
CHERRY VALLEY RIDGE TRAIL

Views of Cherry Valley, abundant wildlife, a rock pool that is the headwaters of Cherry Creek. Protects Cherry Creek.

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VAN BUSKIRK PRESERVE
VAN BUSKIRK PRESERVE

A 2-mile, strenuous loop hike on and off trail. Protects Cranberry Creek in the Paradise watershed.

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CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN REVISITED

Long views of beautiful foliage. Enormous glacier-dropped boulders. Protects Buck Hill Creek.

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SPRUCE MOUNTAIN
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN

Waterfalls and a stunning view. Protects Middle Branch and Brodhead creeks.

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RATTLESNAKE FALLS
RATTLESNAKE FALLS

Waterfalls, beautiful ravine. Protects Upper Brodhead Creek.

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PRESERVED PRIVATE LANDS

Price property
Price property
Timber Hill Farm
Timber Hill Farm

A family farm preserved in Paradise Township. Protects Forest Hills Run.

Read about how a conservation easement can make a difference: click here.

EAGLES REST FARM
EAGLES REST FARM

A family farm that produces Christmas trees and wine will be preserved for perpetuity in Cherry Valley. Read about how a conservation easement can make a difference: click here.

Protects Cherry Creek.

FOR THE BIRDS
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.

For a feature story and more photos, click here.

THE DRY DAM
THE DRY DAM

Learn what a dry dam in northern Monroe County does to protect the Brodhead watershed.

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TRAILBLAZERS IN MONROE
MAKING CONNECTIONS: TRAILBLAZERS
IN MONROE

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.

ESU'S SCHISLER MUSEUM
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.

Click here for photos and a feature about the museum.

TURTLE HABITAT IN CHERRY VALLEY
TURTLE HABITAT IN CHERRY VALLEY

Private, protected land that protects colonies of the rare bog turtle.

Click here for photos and a feature about the preserve.

HOW A COMMUNITY CHANGED CHERRY VALLEY
HOW A COMMUNITY CHANGED CHERRY VALLEY

Years of dedication created a refuge that protects wildlife as well as Cherry Creek headwaters.

Click here for photos and a feature about the refuge.

WINTER HIKES

Pennsylvania protects its outdoor heritage with state parks, state forests, and game lands. What luck to have all of these nearby!

Click here for photos and a feature about winter hikes in the Poconos.

OTHER RESOURCES​

Tannersville Cranberry Bog Trail Map

The Trails at 
Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary (managed by Monroe County Conservation District)