Where Are the Walks Happening?

We are excited to share our 2019 walk sites below. Our goal is to have walks happening around the state, with at least one walk in each county. We’ll also be making a concerted effort to ensure a wide array of walks accessible for wheelchairs and strollers – a Walk and Roll in Penn’s Woods!

If you’re interested in hosting a walk in 2019, registration for Hosting a Walk is open. Click here to add yours.

Below is a listing of currently registered Walks by County

Beaver County Rocky Bend Nature Preserve – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 500 Mowry Road, Monaca – Large gravel lot for parking
Walk Description: Our walk is a leisurely stroll through Rocky Bend Nature Preserve, Beaver County’s newest park. Highlights include a natural stream bank stabilization, a grove of giant sassafras trees, geology and fisheries biology on the beach, and a constructed wetland-meadow. The walk is one mile over mowed grass with a few short, moderate climbs. More gentle and more demanding side routes are available. Enjoy the sweeping bend, rocky cliffs and wooded hillsides along Raccoon Creek. Light refreshments served at the midpoint of the trail. Portable toilets available. RSVP by October 1 to RockyBend247@gmail.com so that we may properly prepare for your visit. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Bedford County Buchanan State Forest – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Intersection of Beans Cove Road and Martin Hill Road; 39.812054 – 78.537376. Participants will be transported from this location to the trail head. The walk finishes at the parking and meeting location.
Walk Description: Join DCNR Communications Specialist David Schmit and other colleagues on a walk of the first leg of the Mid-State Trail, (2019 Trail of the Year). The walk starts at the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line with .35 miles of gently rolling paved road, then .45 miles of flat gravel road, 3.4 miles of single track trail on a gentle to moderate grade, and the remainder on 3.7 miles of reasonably flat gated state forest road, the last mile of which is gentle to moderate downhill grade to the state forest parking lot on Beans Cove Road. There will be a variety of forest conditions and habitat to view on this route. RSVP by September 23 to David Schmit, dschmit@pa.gov or 717-783-3307. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please leave pets at home.

Bucks County Durham Township – Walk starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Contact Durham Township EAC Chair Kathleen Connally at kxc30@psu.edu to register and receive the address/coordinates for parking and meet up.
Walk Description: The Durham Township Environmental Advisory Council invites you to attend its 3rd Annual Walk in Penn’s Woods in partnership with the Cooks Creek Watershed Association and The Durham Historical Society! This year’s guided walk takes place on three contiguous private properties within Durham Township. It’s a downhill walk of approximately 1.5 miles that traverses former roads and paths through old growth forest and a blue heron rookery on beautiful Cooks Creek, one of only a few streams in Bucks County designated as an Exceptional Value (EV) stream. Guides will provide information about the forest, native plants and animals, stream ecology and the human history of the area. Space is limited and registration is REQUIRED. Contact Durham Township EAC Chair Kathleen Connally at kxc30@psu.edu to register and receive the address/coordinates for parking and meet up. Please leave pets at home.

Cambria County – Walk in the Foothills of the Appalachians – Guided Walk starts at 10:00 a.m., Explore on Your Own between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 605 Seesetown Road, Sidman
Walk Description: Our Walk in Penn’s Woods is within 375 acres of wooded property. There will be a 2-mile guided walk with gentle inclines starting at 10:00, but you might want to consider taking the challenge of our scavenger hunt, or trying to find all of the watermelon slices hidden on Watermelon Crawl Trail, or finding the different birdhouses on Flyway North or South trails! You can leave your mark on the “Superview Sign In Rocks” or have a picnic with a view. You are also welcome to enjoy the forest and our trails on your own… trails are marked and we’ll give you a map. If you have an inquisitive group, we have volunteers who will lead an educational walk. We are in the foothills of the Appalachians so some of the trails lend themselves to stopping to enjoy the scenery… Ok, maybe to get a breather before continuing up the incline. If you would like a map or the scavenger hunt pictures, e-mail Ali Single at alisingl@aol.com. I’ll send you copies you can print and bring along. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Carbon CountySwitchback Railroad Trail – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m and ends at 12:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 529 Lentz Trail Road, Jim Thorpe
Walk Description: This hike will include a section of the beautiful Switchback Railroad Trail and a walk along the earthen dam at Mauch Chunk Lake. Learn about native trees and history of the lake from Natural Resource Specialist (Bureau of Forestry) Ryan Reed. Please RSVP to ryreed@pa.gov. This is a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk, unless it rains the week prior. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Centre County – 3 Walks
Ott Woods – Walk starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 748 Gravel Point Road, Howard
Walk Description: Join landowners Mark and Olivia Ott for a hike up a steep ridge to view forestry conservation work. End with a viewing of Golden Winged Warbler habitat growth. Walk is 2 miles and not stroller or handicap accessible. For those desiring flatter terrain with wheelchair and stroller accessibility, there is a .3-mile gravel township road. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Demonstration and Walk Through a 1,000-tree Chestnut Forest – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 304 Walizer Road, Bellefonte
Walk Description: Take a walk through chestnut trees on the Walizer Tree Farm. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Musser Gap Trail – Forest Walk Open House format starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Musser Gap Trail parking area, Musser Gap Trail, State College
Walk Description: We are planning to have educational stations set up along this popular (weekend) woods walking trail at 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 10 stations along the trail. This 2-mile walk will be self-guided between the stations with at least one station leader at each stop. Some of the stations will focus on forest management topics; others have an emphasis on natural or cultural forest topics. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.

Chester County – 2 Walks
Brandywine Meadows Preserve and Harmony Hill Nature Area – Two start times: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 1355 Downingtown Pike, Downingtown
Walk Description: Join Brandywine Conservancy and East and West Bradford Townships for 2.5-3 miles, along Brandywine Creek Greenway, in Brandywine Meadows Preserve and Harmony Hill Nature Area. This walk is partly paved with an option to walk on an all-paved level trail or natural woods footpath with a moderate hill climb. This is a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Welkinweir – Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m.
Walk Address: 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown
Walk Description: We will walk through the forests at Welkinweir and explore some of the recently added acreage to the preserve. Natural forested trails which are generally level with a few rough or steep sections. Please wear sturdy shoes! Hosted by Green Valleys Watershed Association. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.

Clarion County Lowrie Lane – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 66 Lowrie Lane (41.198460, -79.242138) Off of Asbury Road, Corsica
Walk Description: Join DCNR Service Forester Lee Swoger and members of the Woodland Owners of Clarion and Allegheny (WOCA) on a guided walk to learn about woodland ponds, ways to improve wildlife habitat and tree planting. The property owners will share the history and reclamation efforts of this property, part of which is a former strip mine. Distance covered 2-3 miles. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Clearfield County Bilger’s Rocks – Self-guided tours all day long – Guided Tours on the hour starting at 1:00 p.m. ending at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 1921 Bilgers Rocks Road, Grampian
Walk Description: Bilger’s Rocks is excited to offer multiple walks throughout the day. There will be numerous stations with experts on pollinators, hydrology regarding stream cleanup, mushrooms, flora and fauna, and so much more. Bilger’s Rocks is Pennsylvania’s largest rock formation with lots of trails, scenic overlooks, and cave-like formations. Visit Bilger’s Rocks Facebook page and website for more information on this geological park. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Crawford County – 2 Walks
Hayfield Township – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 17419 Round Top Road, Meadville
Walk Description: Take a walk and learn about tree planting and harvesting. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.

Greendale Cemetery – Walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 700 Randolph Street, Meadville, 16335
Walk Description: Explore Greendale Cemetery gorge to view some of the largest, tallest trees in the area. The terrain will be challenging and difficult at times but totally worth it! People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Cumberland CountyTwining Tree Farm – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 683 Barnstable Road, Carlisle
Walk Description: Stroll along 1.5 miles of mowed trails, with a brief “forest bathing” respite.  See how we try to give nature a home. This an easy walk with rolling terrain. People-friendly pets on leashes are allowed. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Dauphin CountyIbberson Conservation Area-East – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Back Road, Powell’s Valley, Halifax. Directions: From PA 322/22, take PA225 north for 4.5 miles. Just before entering the village of Matamoras, turn right on Camp Hebron Road (which eventually turns into Back Road) and follow it for 4.5 miles. The conservation area is on the right.
Walk Description: The Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association (DCWOA) and the Manada Conservancy will partner and co-sponsor their 3rd annual Walk in Penn’s Woods. This guided 1.5-mile walk will explore the Ibberson Conservation Area-East, in scenic Powell’s Valley. This beautiful conservation area is home to abundant wildlife, unique aquatic features, public land, and clean water. Nature will be observed at its finest with a Manada Conservancy field expert to identify birds, wildlife, flowers, and invasive species. Tree ID, silviculture, and forest health will be discussed along the way with a DCNR Service Forester. 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 Ibberson Area Trail Head. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is respectfully requested for planning purposes by contacting the Manada Conservancy office at 717 566-4122, office@manada.org. DCWOA and Manada Conservancy will be providing water for hikers, and participants are encouraged to bring along a refillable water bottle or cup. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Delaware County Ridley Creek State ParkNote: this walk is on Saturday, October 5, walk starts at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 351 Gradyville Road, Newton Square
Walk Description: Join us for a walk with a knowledgeable naturalist as we explore Ridley Creek State Park. The 4.5-mile walk will take place on a paved surface with gentle rises. Points of interest include native plants, specimen trees, bog and butterfly gardens. Family friendly, all ages welcome! People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This event is  wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Elk County Finley Tree Farm – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 12099 Rt. 219, Ridgeway
Walk Description: Tour the Finley Tree Farm and learn about methods of restoration of a high graded forest. This is an easy walk on a non-groomed trail. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Erie County – 4 Walks
Presque Isle State ParkNote: this walk is on Saturday, October 5, walk starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie – Stull Interpretive Center parking lot
Walk Description: The walk will be on the Multipurpose trail approximately 1.5-miles and this trail can accommodate wheel chairs, strollers and it is an easy flat walk. The park educator will interpret the history of the area and the unique plants and animals in the area. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Ewing Family Woods – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Just Southeast of 13333 Carter Hill Road, Corry, click here for exact directions.
Walk Description: Join the Foundation for Sustainable Forests on the newly conserved Ewing Family Woods. Donor Jane Ewing Woods will take us on a walk through a property with stories to tell! This 144-acre forest has been under the Foundation’s style of forestry for over 20 years, so we will also be mentioning features of our holistic approach along the way. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Kirik Tree Farm – Walk Starts at 2p.m. and ends at 4p.m.
Walk Address: 18455 King Road, Corry
Walk Description: Walk through a Dunstan Chestnut Plantation with a stump sprout with over 3,500BF, a very progressive tree farm operation. This will be a moderate walk. After the Walk we will have a shared meal. Meat and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share. Please RSVP by October 2 to George Kirik at (814) 664.8560 or (814) 462.4810. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

French Creek Valley Conservancy – Walks start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 661 Benson Road, Waterford
Walk Description: Join Boy Scout Troop #58 and French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC) to walk and explore a beautiful conservation easement on LeBoeuf Creek. Interpretive walks through the woods will be led at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. highlighting this beautiful property. The terrain is moderate and mostly along the creek. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Forest County – 2 Walks
Birch Trail – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 100 SR 36, Cooksburg, the trail head is next to the driveway of the Cook Forest State Park Office, meet at the front of the office
Walk Description: Join the Friends of Cook Forest on a 2-mile section of the Birch Trail that goes along a ridge above Tom’s Run in Cook Forest State Park. The State Park just leveled and smoothed the trail, so it should be pretty easy for walking. We will also cross a couple bridges over Tom’s Run throughout the loop. Birch Trail runs through part of the ancient Forest of Cook Forest State Park. The trail is dominated by ancient Eastern hemlocks, white pine, beech, maple trees and ferns. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Lashure Interpretive Trail – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk GPS Coordinates: N 41.538568 – W 079.489654
Walk Description: Join DCNR Service Forester, Ty Ryen on a guided walk of the Lashure Trail. The Lashure Interpretive Trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length and is a loop trail that is a moderately easy walk with rolling terrain. There will be 20 interpretive stations along the walk. Each station will detail a specific feature in the forest. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please leave pets at home.

Franklin County Mont Alto State Park – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Route 233 Mont Alto, Lat. 39.83897 Long. 77.53735
Walk Description: Join us for a walk from the Pavilion up to the Narrows. This is a 3-mile moderate Walk on hilly terrain with some steep parts. Hosted by the Friends of Mont Alto State Park and PSU Mont Alto Forestry Club. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Huntingdon County Horsefly Trailhead – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Horsefly Trailhead (Motorized Campsite #8), Tar Kiln Road-Trough Creek Division, Rothrock State Forest, GPS Coordinates: 40.329, -78.0848 decimal degrees
Walk Description: Join DCNR Service Forester Jacob Mazzei on a guided walk to learn about forest management practices and wildlife habitat projects on the Trough Creek Division of the Rothrock State Forest. This includes an approximate 2-mile hike on the Horsefly Trail as it traverses through several forest management activities that have been conducted over the last 30 years. Walkers will encounter multiple forest-succession stages as well as wildlife food plot projects along the trail. The trail has minimal incline and decline but is rocky and uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy shoes. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Juniata CountyGregory Alan Grening Forest Preserve – Walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 6500 William Penn Highway, Mexico – GPS coordinates: 40.5405, -77.3560
Walk Description: Learn about the special habitats and services associated with forested wetlands. Hike leaders will discuss management, including how to control tree‐of‐heaven among other invasive plants and challenges. This is an easy to moderate 1-mile walk in a wetland forest. Wear boots and anticipate that parts of the trails may be wet. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Lackawanna County Pinchot Trail and Choke Creek Falls – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 577 Bear Lake Road, Thornhurst, meet at the Thornhurst Forest Maintenance Headquarters, GPS Coordinates: 41.20714, -75.60906
Walk Description: This 4-5-mile hike will utilize portions of the Pinchot Trail and will highlight the scenic Choke Creek Falls. There will be opportunities to discuss native trees and plants as well as local history. While this moderate hike will be relatively flat, there will be rocky and brushy sections. Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for a several hour hike. Water and snacks are recommended. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Lancaster County Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m.
Walk Address: 100 Museum Road, Stevens
Walk Description: Join folks for a walk in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. The terrain is fairly even with some hills. The trek is about 3-miles. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Lebanon County – 2 Walks
Swatara State Park – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Sand Siding Road parking lot, Pine Grove
Walk Description: Join us for a 2-mile round trip walk. Enjoy level and leisurely terrain. Participants will view the Swatara Creek from an architecturally distinctive bridge. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick – Walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 3283 Pinch Road, Mt. Gretna
Walk Description: This 2-mile walk will take us to the Governor Dick observation tower. We’ll identify trees along the way and learn about invasive insects and plants that are harmful to our native trees and plants. We’ll look for birds and other forest residents and migrants.This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed in Governor Dick Park, but not on the guided walk.

Lehigh CountyFlint Hill Farm – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg,
Walk Description: Enjoy a stroll on 4.5 acres of preserved paths on a woodlot farm with 30 identified trees. Strollers are possible, wheelchairs would struggle with the terrain. No pets please.

Lycoming CountyRiverfront Park – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Riverfront Park/Canfield Island 2898 Greevy Road, Montoursville
Walk Description: Join the Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club on a short half mile saunter on level path through Riverfront Park. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

McKean County – 2 Walks
Knox and Kane Rail TrailNote: this walk is on Saturday, October 5, walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Walk GPS Coordinates: Knox and Kane Rail Trail in the Kinzua Bridge State Park: 41.75995, -78.58819
Walk Description: Join the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club on a .5-mile trek through a few stations along the trail. We hope to have tree ID, bird watching, wildlife photography, and equipment for making maple syrup. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Allegheny National Forest – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Tracy Ridge Campground parking lot; GPS coordinates: 41.945, -78.876
Walk Description: Walk will start at Tracy Ridge Campground parking lot and proceed to trailhead of trail #1 which is about 50 yards west of the parking lot. Walk will continue along marked trail for about 0.8 miles, at which point we’ll take a detour uphill and to the east to intersect the “E loop” of campsites. In this area there are several large surviving American chestnut trees whose crowns reach the canopy as well as many smaller chestnut trees. Walkers could head back to the parking lot along the campground roads from this point. However, the guided walk will continue back downhill to rejoin the marked trail, and proceed along this trail down along Johnnycake Run. About a mile further along the way there is another area with numerous American chestnut trees, at least one of which is about 70 feet tall. At this point the guided walk will turn back and return to the parking lot along the same route. Terrain is moderately sloping. Trail is well-marked but rocky in places; level of difficulty is considered “moderate.” Overall walk is about 1.5 to 2 miles out and same distance back. Sponsored by the PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. Please email mail@patacf.org if you plan to join this walk. Since the walk will end around lunchtime, feel free to bring a picnic lunch; campsites have picnic tables and most are usually not occupied at this time of year. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This is not a wheelchair and stroller friendly walk.

Mifflin County New Lancaster Valley Maintenance Division – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m.
Walk Address:  4225 New Lancaster Valley Road, Milroy
Walk Description: Please join John Portzline for a 1.5-mile hike from the area of the New Lancaster Valley Maintenance Division. The hike will showcase the operations of a State Forest Maintenance Division and will touch on the abundance of recreational opportunities in the eastern Mifflin county. The hike will be on a gradual grade, but will stick to a maintained trail system. Much historical information will also be discussed including a presentation of historical photos of the area. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please leave pets at home.

Montgomery CountyArdsley Wildlife Sanctuary – Walk stats at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Maple and Jefferson (main entrance to sanctuary), Ardsley
Walk Description: Take a stroll through recently restored riparian area and woodlands with vernal pools. This walk is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Pets are not allowed. Hosted by the Abington Shade Tree Commission.

Montour County Montour Preserve – Walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 74 Preserve Road, Danville. DIRECTIONS: Please note that the Montour Preserve’s address has changed as part of a Montour County-wide 911 re-addressing. Those using navigation systems or online mapping programs may find that using the old address of 700 Preserve Road, Danville, may work better. Information: 570-336-2060.
Walk Description: The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association (CSWOA), Columbia County Conservation District, and the Montour Area Recreation Commission will partner and co-sponsor their 3rd annual Walk in Penn’s Woods. Our program will include a walk along Goose Woods Trail at Montour Preserve to discuss how to identify some of Pennsylvania’s more common trees and provide the tools needed to identify others in the future. We’ll also discuss the natural and cultural history of the trees we identify. The tour will be led by Jon Beam, Assistant Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, who is very familiar with the Montour Preserve fields and forests. The easy walk is about 3/4 mile in length over gentle terrain. The trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible. No pets allowed. Bring your family!

Perry County – Takach Property – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 34 McNaughton Drive, Duncannon
Walk Description: We will briefly discuss how to start a Hunter Management Plan and then meander the property in search of animal signs. This event is appropriate for families with children capable of walking the distance. To register email Deb Takach at dtakach@duncannonatc.org. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Pike CountyStairway Ridge – Walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Cummings Hill Road and Bluestone Boulevard, Westfall Township
Walk Description:  Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the DCNR for a guided fall hike on this protected property and the adjacent Stairway Wild Area. Remember to wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, and bring water for this moderately strenuous trail. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact info@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164, x6 to register and receive directions to the meeting location. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Potter County Mile Long Loop – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 5660 US-6, Galeton (rest area by Pennsylvania Lumber Museum)
Walk Description: Enjoy a walk on a mile long loop on roads and trails (minimal elevation change) with stops along the way to discuss forestry practices and the changing forest. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Schuylkill County Leymeister Private Land Tour – Walk starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 151 Second Mountain Road, Orwigsburg
Walk Description: Join a local landowner on a walk through easy terrain with some uphill trails, wetlands, and woods. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Snyder County Faylor Lake Area – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 750 Mattern Road, Beaver Springs
Walk Description: Enjoy an approximately 2-mile walk leaving from the Faylor Lake Boat Launch, traveling across the dam breast and into the wooded trail section across the lake. Local Snyder County Conservation staff will be on hand to lead the walk and answer questions. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Sullivan CountyCamp Elk Tannery – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 318 Jamison City Road, Benton
Walk Description: Enjoy a walk on the historical 110-acre forested property of Camp Elk Tannery which borders 49,000 acres of state game lands. Representatives from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), the PA Historical and Museum Commission, the Sullivan County Historical Society, and the Vets in the Valley Foundation, Inc will be available for talks and to entertain questions. Activities will include discussions, walks, and a creek exploration exercise. Please RSVP via text to Monte Kapec, 808-781-2677 by Oct. 2, 2019. This walk has limited wheelchair and stroller access; please leave pets at home.

Susquehanna County Woodbourne Forest & Wildlife Preserve – Time to be Determined
Walk Address: 8566 State Route 29, Dimock (Lat., Long. 41.761837003596, -75.897846221924)
Walk Description: More details coming soon!

Tioga County Walk on Private Lands in Middlebury – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 170 Button Hollow Road, Middlebury
Walk Description: This 1.25-mile walk is guided by the landowner, Tioga County Woodland Landowner Association members, and a PA DCNR service forester. This is a slow-paced walk across private woods, roads and trails. This is a mostly easy hike on shaded wooded roads and trails. This walk has an optional small section loop that is uphill and is moderately strenuous. The landowner has done several forest and wildlife management projects and will answer questions. The hike will finish with a tour of the landowners open fields that have been planted with food crops, apple trees, conifers and wildlife shrubs; all to enhance wildlife habitat. Please bring sturdy walking boots, water, bug repellent, and rain gear. For more information, contact Steven Hoover, 570-724-2868 or Marwin Cummings 570-418-1499. This walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly; please leave pets at home.

Union County Dale’s Ridge Trail – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg – N 40.98523 W 79.93202
Walk Description: Hike Dale’s Ridge Trail through interesting and contrasting land covers, which have great diversity of tree and other plant species. A board member from the Merrill Linn Conservancy will share the history and conservation of the property, containing a stone house built in the 1790s, and the other work the conservancy undertakes. A service forester from the PA Bureau of Forestry will share information on interesting plants, as well as how to identify invasive plants, treatment options, and their impact on the environment. Trail is 2 miles long with slight to moderate inclines, and two vistas. Some areas may be slippery, muddy, or have rock or roots protruding from the ground. Poison ivy may also be present. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. Please RSVP to Jeff Osborne at jeffosborn@pa.gov or call 570.922.3328.

Venango CountyDelzell Trail – Walk starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Oil Creek State Park 305 State Park Road, Oil City
Walk Description: This is a 3/4 mile easy hike on the Delzell Trail at Oil Creek State Park. It begins at the Egbert Day Use Area, directly across from the park office. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

Warren County Warren County Conservation District Area – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area Trail Head parking lot located approximately 1.25 miles from the intersection of SR 62 and Hatch Run Road. Look for “Walk on Penn’s Woods” signs
Walk Description: Join Heather Wilcox, District Manager for Warren County Conservation District, and Dave Trimpey, Consulting Forester, on a maintained hiking trail for less than a mile. Hosted by the Warren County Conservation District. Light refreshments will be offered at the end of the walk. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets. This walk has limited wheelchair or stroller access.

Washington County – 4 Walks
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village – 3 Walks
Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella, 15312
Walk Description: Meadowcroft staff will lead a series of three educational woodland walks (one 1/2-mile walk, and two 1-mile walks) which will highlight Pennsylvania’s natural resources used by people throughout prehistory to modern day. Also included in museum admission is a visit to the National Historic Landmark Meadowcroft Rockshelter where archaeological evidence revealed a human presence at the site as early as 19,000 years ago, a recreated 16th century Woodland Indian village, a recreated 18th century Frontier Trading Post, and a 19th century rural village. For more information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft

Burnham Woodlot – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 212 Birch Road, West Finley
Walk Description:Join Maureen and John Burnham this fall at the Burnham Woodlot which, is a Certified PA Tree Farm and recipient of 2010 PA Tree Farmer of the Year. Starting at the sawmill pavilion and collecting a walking stick you will observe various habitats including owl, wood duck and bluebird boxes, bat houses, frog ponds, wet lands, pollinator fields, and pine woods. Also, see Penn’s Woods forest regeneration with​ our second generation black walnut plantation and riparian buffers. Stroll along an abandoned township road with sugar maples that once lined and defined this​ charming country path. A white pine forest planted in 1960 and a sugar maple/bitternut hickory crop tree area will be observed as you meander back to the sawmill. Tour time is approximately one hour and can be self-guided. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please leave pets at home.

Westmoreland CountyOtto & Magdalena Ackerman Nature Reserve – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 
Walk Address: 13260 Ardara Road, Irwin, 15642. Latitude 40 21′ 91″ N, longitude 79 44 38.7 W.
Walk Description: Join Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association (WWIA) and Westmoreland Land Trust on 59 acres of the reserve. This is not a wheelchair or stroller accessible walk.

Wyoming County Suspension Bridge – Walk starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.
Walk GPS Coordinates: Lat 41.5577 Long -75.7762 – Suspension Bridge behind Miller Library
Walk Description: Enjoy a guided hike on birds, mammals, amphibians, and tree identification led by Keystone College Eco Club students. The terrain will be moderate to difficult. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People-friendly leashed pets are allowed; owner must clean up after their pets.

York CountyTree Farm – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.
Walk Address: 205, Indian Steps Rd, Airville, at the Indian Steps Museum Parking Lot
Walk Description: Enjoy a guided walk on a Susquehanna river hill property which has been in the family since 1899. Purchased from the John Baire estate, it’s lumber and that of others was used to produce charcoal fueling the York iron Furnace located at the mouth of Otter Creek which went out of blast in 1889. Enrolled and active in the tree farm system since 1983, and more recently the Forest Stewardship program, we look forward to sharing and discussing past timber harvests as well a future ones recommended and the challenges facing our woodlot by invasive plants and insects as well as the impact from a high deer population.