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Enjoy an Easy Stroll on NEPA’s Scenic Walking Trails
Posted: April 19, 2023
A Little Dose of Nature Goes A Long Way
Miles upon miles of NEPA’s soul-refreshing forests are coming back to life as we speak and everyone wants to get out for a first look at the springtime scenery. You don’t have to go on a rigorous excursion to admire the pristine lakes or scenic vistas. These flat trails and winding paths make seeing the sights and breathing the fresh air a bit more accessible.
We’ve gathered up a dozen great walking spots from all over NEPA. Take a look.
A Dozen Great Hikes:
Frost Hollow Trail
Lackawanna State Park
This 2-mile hike delivers on both tranquility and a little sweat-inducing hill climbing. Enjoy lake views and long stretches of quiet forest.
Woodland Way Trail
Nescopeck State Park
This easily-accessible trail winds through dense forest, up and down moderate hills and along a seemingly hidden swamp. Look for turtles, frogs and beavers.
Black Diamond Trailhead
The D&L Trail – Wright Twp.
This moderate, 9.2-mile trail features a crushed gravel terrain, a wide berth and a steep grade. It weaves along bogs, wetlands and thick forests.
Thomas Darling Preserve Loop Trail
Thomas Darling Preserve
Keep an eye out for wildlife on this 2.2-mile loop trail through one of the largest spruce forests and one of the most scenic nature preserves in the Pocono Mountains.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Even though it’s considered one of the park’s easier routes, the 1-mile Evergreen Trail still leads to an incredible view of Adams Falls, with sights of grottos and evergreen groves along the way.
Tobyhanna State Park
Just over 5 miles, the Lakeside Trail winds its way around the beautiful, scenic Tobyhanna Lake at this popular state park in the heart of the Poconos.
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
30 Trailheads throughout Lackawanna County
Hop on the bike, go for a run, or take an easy stroll on this easily accessible, hiker and cyclist-friendly trail spanning nearly all of Lackawanna County.
The Green Loop
Bear Creek Preserve
This 2.1-mile loop trail carries you through dense forests of Mountain Laurel and along a cool, clear waterfall. And if you’re vigilant, you might even spot a bald eagle.
Lehigh Gorge Trail
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the rolling whitewater of the Lehigh River along this mostly flat, easily walkable, 26-mile trail stretching from White Haven to Jim Thorpe.
Spirit of Tuscarora Trail
Tuscarora State Park
Look for the legendary Spirit Tree on this 4.5-mile trail. The path carries you along Tuscarora Lake, through a wetland meadow and stunning old Hemlock forests.
Salt Springs State Park
Be on the lookout for industrious beavers and bring your birding binoculars for a walk on this diverse and secluded trail through one of NEPA’s most tranquil state parks.
Dick and Nancy Eales Nature Preserve at Moosic Mountain
Bring the camera along to this roughly 4-mile, photogenic mountaintop trail in Jessup. The trail’s wide-open terrain offers unreal sunrise and sunset views.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 3/24/20.