On November 20, Brodhead Watershed Association hike leader Carol Hillestad will introduce participants to an easy, 1-mile trail, and then another trail leading to waterfalls in the Paradise-Price Preserve in Monroe County from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The Preserve offers 777 acres of woods-walking – some that anyone can do, no matter their fitness level.
Along the way, enjoy a view of open woodlands, blueberry bushes and boulders. A very easy, wide and grassy stroll leads through a sunny forest of mixed hardwoods, to a glacial split-rock boulder as big as an elephant.
After the first walk, a six-minute drive over the ridge reaches the eastern boundary of the preserve, with a glorious stretch of Brodhead Creek. Upstream is the only natural waterfall on the Brodhead, a shining and picturesque horseshoe falls.
A short trail downstream through large white pines leads to trout pools, exposed bedrock, and evidence of beavers in the bank and in the stream. An eagle may swoop by.
In addition, many trails and woods roads crisscross the preserve. Work is underway to link existing trails to form larger loops — including a footpath to a waterfall overlook — and to connect with nearby preserves.
Participants should meet at the parking area on Henry’s Crossing Road in Paradise Township. Take Route 191 to Cranberry Creek Road. Turn onto Henry’s Crossing Road and head north, crossing the railroad tracks. Turn right at a small green sign – “Preserve Parking” – to enter the parking lot.
The hike is free, but registration is required. IMPORTANT! Paradise and Price townships intend to permit hunting on the preserve. Always wear orange during hunting seasons.
For more information or to register, call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about other hikes, visit Brodhead’s Get Outdoors Poconos webpage. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.More information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events is available by visiting the Brodhead Watershed Association website.