The Brodhead Watershed Association invites the public to enjoy another in its series of Get Outdoors Poconos hikes, this time on the Sherwood Forest Road in Jackson Township, Monroe County on September 24 starting at 10:00 a.m.
For nine years, 175 acres of open space on Sherwood Forest Road in Jackson Township have remained unmapped and mostly unexplored – until now.
Saylorsburg teen Ambrose Cavalier has scoped out a trail network by linking overgrown roads using satellite images, Google Maps, GPS, and other mapping tools.
Once a farm and then a proposed site for housing development (an idea abandoned after a few access roads were cut), the land became part of the Monroe County Open Space program in 2007. Since then, Mother Nature has reclaimed her own.
A woods walk – mostly beech, with oaks, maple, and some white pine and hemlocks, too – leads past a sturdy stone row and uphill through a leafy, dark green tunnel of arching beech saplings.
At the summit – 1,125 feet up – participants get their reward: views of Delaware Water Gap to the left, Wind Gap to the right, a glimpse of Palmerton Gap and long vistas of Camelback and state game lands.
Carol Hillestad will lead a moderate 90-minute hike of about 1.5 miles.
Meet at the parking area on the south side of Sherwood Forest Road in Jackson Township. Take Route 715 South past Jackson Township Fire Co. and Municipal Building, to the four corners stop. Go left on Neola Road. Take Neola Road 2.2 miles to Sherwood Forest Road. Go right. The parking area is half a mile on the left.
Trails may be wet and rocky. Wear sturdy footwear.
The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.For information about this and other hikes in the free series, go to BWA’s Get Outdoors Poconos webpage. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
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