Thursday, October 26, 2017

Get Outdoors Poconos Nov. 25 Cranberry Creek Hike In Paradise Twp., Monroe County

The Brodhead Creek Watershed Association is hosting a Get Outdoors Poconos hike on November 25 to explore Cranberry Creek in Paradise Township in Monroe County starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join hike leader Carol Hillestad for a challenging hike of up to 3 miles. The specific route will depend on how much water is in the creek on the day of the hike.
New trails created by the township and a new map made by the county planning commission help hikers investigate the preserve’s unique features.
Discover an old stone quarry, a gorge cut through by the creek, and the bleached remains of oaks killed by gypsy moths standing like tall, ghostly fingers among thousands of promising oak seedlings and saplings.
Swinging around the end of the quarry, the trail soon drops steeply into different terrain – a forest amphitheater littered with boulders and glacial till. Evergreen Christmas ferns abound. Mosses as thick and dense as a bear’s pelt soften the steep, rocky, single-track trail.
The trail continues on the far side of the creek. The bridge is out, but the creek is low, and crossing the rocks is easy. Paradise Township is working on creating simple bridge stream crossings.
Able hikers will relish the challenge and its reward: the natural beauty of Paradise.
The hike is free, but registration is required. Directions will be provided upon registration.
To register or for more information, call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727 or send email to:  
For information about this and other hikes, visit the Get Outdoors Poconos webpage.
The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
For more information on programs, initiative and other upcoming events, visit the Brodhead Creek Watershed Association website.
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