In 2017 we had over 60 Walks in 46 Counties! We are grateful for the Hosts who have already signed up for 2018 Walks. Our goal this year is 100 Walks, with at least one Walk in every county, attracting thousands of participants from across the state.
Below are 26 of the 2018 Walks! More Walk Hosts are signing up weekly. Check back for updates and our statewide Map!
Adams County – Michaux State Forest, Birch Run Road – 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Description of Walk – A 2.5 mile (1-2 hour) hike on the Beaver Trail, Michaux State Forest, featuring the scenic Long Pine Run Reservoir.
Allegheny County – Sewickley Heights Park – 2 hours – start time TBD
Description of Walk – 1300 acre Sewickley Heights Park, recent early succession habitat work, mature forests, multi use recreation
Berks County – Nolde Forest Tree Identification – 2p.m. – 3p.m.
Description of Walk – Tree Identification in the changing forest; DCNR Forester will be along to provide highlights.
Butler County – Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area
1.5 mile loop over variable terrain; mature forest, stream, wetlands.
Centre County (2)
Ott Woods – 12pm Start and will last for 1.5 hours
Description of Walk – Strenuous walk uphill to ridge top Golden Wing Warbler habitat treatment. Discussion of the forest types along the walk as well as a crop tree release treatment area and nest box installations. Walker should expect rough terrain and steep half hour walk to the ridge top.
Musser Gap, Rothrock State Forest – Musser Gap Trail Parking Area – Forest Open House Format 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Description of Walk – We are planning to have educational stations set up along a popular (weekend) woods walking trail at the Musser Gap, entry area to the Rothrock State Forest in Centre County. There will be a greeter at the trailhead parking lot with a handout directing participants to the approximately 15 stations on the trail ahead. This 2 (one way) mile walk will be self-guided between the stations with at least one “station leader” at each stop. Some of the stations will be focused on forest management topics; others have an emphasis on natural or cultural history. We are excited about doing this event again!
Chester County (2)
Brandywine Creek Greenway/Harmony Hill Nature Area – Brandywine Meadows Trail – 1-2 hours start time TBD
Description of Walk – Brandywine Creek Greenway/Harmony Hill Nature Area: walk on the old trolley trail (East Branch Brandywine Trial) and explore ruins and woods trails along the East Branch Brandywine Creek in this area history, trees and wildlife.
Native Tree ID & Fall Foliage Walk – Welkinweir – 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Description of Walk – Native Tree ID & Fall Foliage Walk – Immerse yourself in the peaceful and colorful 200 + acres of woods at Welkinweir. Located in a private valley with picturesque lake, participants will learn about native trees and likely even the animals & birds that make these woods their home.
Clinton County (2)
Eagleton Road – 4+ hours – start time TBD
Walk Description – A level, comfortable hike through oak woods off Eagleton Road. Hike is a little over 8 miles and is mostly flat, with two sets of incline/declines. Good for a mid level, leisurely hike.
Sproul State Forest – 10a.m. – 1p.m. – 3 hours – moderate hike
Walk Description – Long Fork Loop in Sproul State Forest starting at Hyner Run State Park parking area. It is a 4.7 mile loop hike near a CCC camp, along an old logging road, by a recent regeneration cut, past an old shallow well and a view from a vista overlooking the Hyner Run Valley with other forest highlights along the way.
Crawford County – Helen B. Katz Natural Area – 2p.m. – 4p.m.
Description of Walk – This hike will explore Katz Natural Area, featuring mature floodplain forest along the meandering Cussewago Creek, meadows, and beaver ponds. Portions of the hike will be off-trail. Tall hiking boots or knee boots are recommended.
Cumberland County – Twining Tree Farm – 1 hour – start time TBD
Description of Walk – See forestry at all stages of growth along an established nature trail.
Dauphin County (2)
Capital Region Water @ The Dehart Dam Reservoir & Watershed – 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Description of Walk – This guided 1.5 mile walk will explore Capital Region Water’s DeHart Dam and Reservoir in scenic Clarks Valley. This rare opportunity to walk the DeHart Dam will highlight the journey of drinking water from raindrop to the tap and the role we share in stewarding these water resources. The beautiful area in the surrounding Clarks Valley is home to abundant wildlife, working forest, public lands and clean water. Nature will be observed at its finest with a Manada Conservancy field expert to identify birds, wildlife, flowers and invasive species. Forest and tree health will be discussed along the way. Walk participants are advised to wear well-fitting sturdy shoes or boots. Terrain may be uneven and there are moderate inclines. We will meet in the gravel parking lot at the DeHart Dam entrance. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required and is limited to 50 participants. Please register by contacting the Manada Conservancy office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-566-4122. Presented in partnership with Dauphin County Woodland Owner’s Association and Capital Region Water
Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art – Open
Description of Walk – Explore over 12.5 miles of beautiful woodlands on Berry’s Mountain and the Ned Smith Center Grounds.
Erie County – Erie Bluffs State Park – 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Description of Walk – A 3-mile walk through the diverse habitat of Erie Bluffs. Visiting overlooks foe Lake Erie and learning the history of the park.
Forest County – Summit Trail & Tionesta Lake -2p.m. – 4p.m.
Description of Walk – Join us for an afternoon in the woods for a Tree ID walk. Learn identifying features of the trees found along Summit Trail which is located beside Tionesta Lake.
Fulton County – Young Forest Walk – 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Description of Walk – One timber sale is marked and may be cut by the time of the walk, on area was clear-cut in 2013, one old log landing which is now a small wetland, bat boxes, stream, spring, etc….
Juniata County – Greg’s Woods – 11a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Description of Walk – Tour a forested wetland preserve, experience the extraordinary habitat and services it provides, and learn how to control tree-of-heaven among other invasive plants and challenges
Lebanon County – Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick – 2p.m. – 4p.m.
Description of Walk – Learn to identify trees on a two-mile hike in mature forest to our observation tower where we can see 5 counties and lots of trees.
Luzerne County (2)
Steve Tubs State Forest Recreation
Description of Walk – This short hike will highlight the Seven Tubs, a beautiful stream with bedrock gouged by glacial erosion forming potholes and small waterfalls.
Nescopeck State Park – 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Description of Walk – Enjoy the beautiful colors of fall while hiking the Woodland Way and Redrock Trails; This 2.5 mile hike features woodlands, wetlands, and the beautiful Nescopeck Creek! (Hike is not suitable for strollers).
Montour County – Montour Preserve – 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Description of Walk – Walk on Goose Woods Trail to view changes on the trail over the years from the 1800s to the present time, including logging, farming, regrowth, pioneer trees, ample sugaring and invasive species.
Perry County – Takach Property Loop – 1p.m. – 2:30p.m.
Description of Walk – Walk the Takach property on an average paced 2 mile loop hike. Learn how to establish a hunter management program on your property. Look for animal signs and invasive species.
Schuylkill County – Tuscarora State Park – 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Description of Walk – An easy and casual walk through the forest around Tuscarora Lake will enlighten the participants on the charms of the forest landscape. Folks of all ages are invited to get a first hand look at a working forest. Some of the highlights include: identifying trees and shrubs, learning about forest benefits to us and wildlife, and experiencing the solace and peacefulness in the forest.
Washington County (2)
Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village – 1p.m. – 3p.m.
Description of Walk – Travel through time on a 2-mile walk in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer predecessors. Learn about the flora and fauna the prehistoric people used as a source for food and materials needed to survive. Tours of the National Historic Landmark Meadowcroft Rockshelter, where people camped 16,000 years ago ,will be available throughout the day. Also visit the museum’s recreated 16th century Monogahela Indian Village, 18th century Frontier Trading Post, and 19th century rural village.
Maple Hills Tree Farm – Start time of 1p.m.
Walk Description – Maple Hills Tree Farm: Plantings of red oak, black walnut, Chinese chestnut. Old cemetery. Registered fifth largest sugar maple in PA.