Thursday, March 30, 2017

Get Outdoors Poconos Chestnut Mountain Hike April 15 In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association is holding a Get Outdoors Poconos hike on April 15 at the Chestnut Mountain Nature Preserve in Barrett Township, Monroe County from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
From thousand-year glaciers to short-lived loggers, Chestnut Mountain’s natural history is evident at the 479-acre Nature Preserve that hike leader Carol Hillestad and local educator Karen Tetor will lead taking participants on a 2.8-mile tour of the wooded wonderland.
After a developer’s plans to build townhouses here failed, the new owner chose to timber the land. It took the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation almost 20 years of persistent negotiation and fundraising to save the property, in turn protecting the water that runs through it.
Hikers will see a confluence of creeks, glacier-dropped nuggets of pink and white quartz, and a sweet circular view that includes a privately conserved tree farm, along Pocono Plateau to Spruce Mountain, Mount Wismer and Skytop’s West Mountain beyond.
Click Here to watch a short video of the view from Chestnut Mountain.
Meet at the trailhead on the east side of Route 191, marked by a sign and kiosk. From Mountainhome, where Routes 191/390 split near Mountainhome Diner, take 191 north for 4.3 miles. Turn right into the parking area. Trailhead GPS coordinates: 41.211407, -75.307811
The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
The hike is free, but registration is required. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; or send an email to: to register.
For information about this and other hikes in the series, visit the Get Outdoors Poconos webpage.

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