Where Are the Walks Happening?

We are excited to begin planning for 2019. Our hope is to have many more walks happening around the state. 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 in 2019 is open. Click here to add yours.

Below is a listing of currently registered Walks by County

Cambria County – Walk in the Foothills of the Appalachians – Guided Walk starts at 10:00 a.m., Explore on Your Own from 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 605 Seesetown Road, Sidman, 15955
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 pet.

Centre County
Ott Woods – Walk starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 748 Gravel Point Road, Howard, 16841
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 wheel chair and stroller accessibility there is a 3 mile gravel township road. People friendly leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup 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 a chestnut tress on the the Walizer Tree Farm. This Walk is not wheelchair and stroller friends. People friendly leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup after 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 (one way) 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 forest topics. People friendly leashed pets are welcome, owners must cleanup after pets. This Walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.

Clearfield County Bigler’s Rocks – Self guided tours all day long – Guided Tour times TBD
Walk Address: 1921 Biglers Rocks Road, Grampian
Walk Description: Come visit Pennsylvania’s largest rock formation with lots of trails, scenic overlooks, and cave like formations. The guided aspects of this Walk are still coming together, with guided tours and educational stations. Check back for more information. Visit Bigler’s Rocks Facebook page and website for more information on this geological park.

Crawford County
Hayfield Township – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Walk Address: 17419 Round Top Road, Meadville, PA 16335
Walk Description: Talk a Walk and learn about tree planting and harvesting. Leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup 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, PA 16335
Walk Description:Explore Greendale Cemetery gorge to view some of the larges, tallest trees in the area. The terrain will be challenging and difficult at times but totally worth it! People friendly leashed pets are welcome, owners must cleanup after pets. This Walk is not wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Cumberland CountyTwinning Tree Farm – Walk starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: 683 Barnstable Road, Carlisle, PA
Walk Description: Stroll along 1.5 miles of mowed trails, with 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, PA. 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 (DCWOA) Association and the Manada Conservancy will partner and co-sponsor it’s 3rd annual Walk in Penn’s Woods. This guided 1.5 mile walk will explore the Ibberson Conservation Area-East, located along Back Road, Halifax, PA, 17032, 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.

Lebanon County
Swatara State Park – Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Walk Address: Sand Siding Road parking lot
Walk Description: Join us for a 2 mile round trip walk. Enjoy level and leisure terrain. Participants will view the Swatara Creek from an architecturally distinctive bridge. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. People friendly leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup after 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 our 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. 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, PA
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.

McKean County – The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club will host a Walk. More details are coming. Check their website and here for more details!

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 ADA accessible. Pets are not allowed. Hosted by the Abington Shade Tree Commission.

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 sign. This event is appropriate for families with children capable of walking the distance. To register email Deb Takach at duncannonatc.org. This Walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People friendly leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup 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, Pike County, PA
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 x 6 to register and receive directions to the meeting location. This Walk is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. People friendly leashed pets are allowed, owners must cleanup after their pets.

Sullivan CountyCamp Elk Tannery – Time to be Determined
Walk Address: 318 Jamison City Road, Benton, PA
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. This Walk has limited stroller and wheelchair access.

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, Lewistown – N 40.98523 W 79.93202
Walk Description: Hike Dale’s Ridge Trail through interesting and contrasting land covers, which have great diversity 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 two 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, owners must cleanup after their pets.

Washington CountyMeadowcroft 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, PA 15312
Walk Description: Meadowcroft staff will lead a series of three educational woodland walks (one 1/2 mile, and two 1 mile) 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 please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft

York CountyTree Farm – Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.
Walk Address: 217 Indian Steps Road, Airville, PA 17302
Walk Description: We are excited to share the work we have done to conserve our 418 acres overlooking the Susquehanna River. Enjoy a guided tour through woods in various stages of new growth where wildlife and trees have flourished.


Photo Credit Laura Kirt